Health Care Access Now (HCAN) was established in 2009 as a nonprofit organization to partner with primary care, behavioral health and social services independent providers and payors in creating a high performing, integrated, health care delivery network to increase access to care for residents of four counties of Greater Cincinnati – Hamilton, Butler, Clermont, and Warren in Southwest Ohio and eleven counties in Southeast Ohio – Athens, Hocking, Perry, Vinton, Fairfield, Pickaway, Meigs, Gallia, Jackson, Ross, and Pike.

TESTIMONIALWhen uninsured patients without a medical home come to University Hospital’s emergency department, Michele Long, Community Health Outreach Specialist, helps them find a primary care physician. “When I talk to the patient, I stress the importance of continuing to see the primary care doctor / medical home and to use the emergency department in the case of an emergency,” said Michelle.Michele speaks of many success stories of people establishing and committing to routine visits to their new medical home. One of these recent cases is a 60-year-old husband and 57-year-old wife who have both visited the emergency department over the years. The wife’s most recent issue was high-blood pressure and his, back pain. They now have a primary care doctor / medical home that they routinely visit. The cost is on a sliding fee scale – based on the patient’s ability to pay.

Michele Long
University of Cincinnati Medical Center

HCAN executes four primary functions that support the development and sustainability of a better connected, coordinated and wisely financed system of primary care:

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Photo Credits: Health Care workers photo by Christiana Care. Dentist photo by Abigail Batchelder.
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