Sufferers insured by Medi-Cal may have larger entry to specialty care in Sacramento, due to a strategic partnership introduced as we speak between UC Davis Well being and WellSpace Well being.

Jonathan Porteus, CEO of WellSpace Health, stands at the podium and speaks into microphone, surrounded by several health professionals
Jonathan Porteus, CEO of WellSpace Well being, proclaims partnership subsequent to UC Davis Well being CEO David Lubarsky

The partnership is the newest in a collection of efforts by UC Davis Well being to offer high-quality care to individuals who most want it and might least afford it.

The brand new program, referred to as Specialty Join, embeds UC Davis Well being suppliers into WellSpace Well being’s Oak Park Group Well being Middle the place they’ll present care to traditionally underserved populations.

This system was introduced this morning by UC Davis Well being CEO David Lubarsky and WellSpace Well being CEO Jonathan Porteus at a information convention outdoors the clinic.

“UC Davis Well being is proud to be a part of this very important partnership with WellSpace Well being aimed toward overcoming well being fairness obstacles for underserved sufferers,” stated UC Davis Well being CEO David Lubarsky, who can be vice chancellor for human well being sciences. 

“We’ve listened to sufferers, and we’ve realized they’d reasonably entry their well being care conveniently, in places nearer to house. That is how we improve entry to specialty care. Our aim is to assist folks – regardless of their circumstances – to steer wholesome lives in probably the most accessible, superior and handy methods attainable,” he added.

“At this time we stand on the threshold of constructing the perfect specialty community ever provided to folks coated by Medi-Cal within the Sacramento area,” stated Jonathan Porteus, CEO of WellSpace Well being. “After we align our mission with our companions, there isn’t a restrict to what we will do for these we serve.”

Jonathan Porteus, CEO of WellSpace Health

At this time we stand on the threshold of constructing the perfect specialty community ever provided to folks coated by Medi-Cal within the Sacramento area.” Jonathan Porteus, CEO of WellSpace Well being

Specialty Join launched earlier this month with a UC Davis Well being rheumatologist. Planning is underway to convey extra specialty companies in excessive demand by Medi-Cal sufferers. This may increasingly embrace pulmonology, gastroenterology, and pediatric subspecialties.

Medi-Cal beneficiaries often have many selections for main care medical doctors all through California however battle to search out physicians for specialty care, on account of low reimbursement charges.

UC Davis Well being, nonetheless, has made a concerted effort lately to enhance this entry.

A couple of third of all sufferers at UC Davis Well being amenities are Medi-Cal beneficiaries.

As well as, the well being system presents its specialists to Medi-Cal sufferers on the medical middle campus and clinics across the neighborhood. It additionally assigns suppliers to work in a number of Federally Certified Well being Facilities (FQHC) the place tens of hundreds of Sacramento’s Medi-Cal sufferers already obtain care.

The FQHCs, corresponding to Sacramento County’s Well being Middle, Elica Well being and Sacramento Native American Well being Middle, are sometimes situated in neighborhoods handy to sufferers or public transit.

UC Davis Well being suppliers on the county’s well being middle come from inner medication, household and neighborhood medication, pediatrics and behavioral well being departments, in addition to from the Betty Irene Moore College of Nursing. The College of Medication additionally has coaching applications on the middle for college students and residents.

Specialty care offered to Medi-Cal sufferers on the Sacramento County Major Care Middle contains: 

  • Girls’s well being – together with obstetrics
  • Rheumatology
  • Cardiology
  • Nephrology
  • Sports activities Medication – musculoskeletal (non-operative)
  • Behavioral well being (psychiatry)
  • Developmental behavioral pediatrics

The UC Davis Well being and WellSpace Well being partnership is supported by Sacramento’s Medi-Cal managed care well being plans: Anthem Blue Cross, Molina Healthcare and Well being Internet; in addition to collaborating Impartial Doctor Associations, together with Nivano Physicians, Hill Physicians and Imperial Well being.

This implies any Medi-Cal affected person belonging to the insurance policy in addition to sufferers of any of seven FQHCs could also be referred to Specialty Join. Along with WellSpace, the opposite six well being facilities are:

WellSpace Well being is the realm’s largest FQHC, which serves greater than 1,400 sufferers a day at greater than 30 facilities throughout Sacramento, Placer and Amador counties.

Bettering entry to rheumatology care

Rheumatology is the primary specialty care to be provided beneath the brand new program, partly due to its excessive demand from Medi-Cal sufferers.

Rheumatologists give attention to the prognosis and remedy of illnesses that have an effect on the muscle tissues, bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons. These illnesses may cause ache, swelling, stiffness, and in some circumstances joint deformities. Medi-Cal sufferers in search of rheumatology care typically have to attend for a lot of weeks for remedy or journey lengthy distances to see a health care provider.

Rheumatologists additionally deal with medical circumstances corresponding to arthritis and lupus, an inflammatory autoimmune illness that extra typically impacts ladies and, disproportionally, Black ladies.

Thomas Abel is honored to have been chosen because the UC Davis Well being rheumatologist assigned to Specialty Join at WellSpace Well being.

“I consider we’ve a duty to ship specialty care to the area people that’s underserved and in want, and the collaboration with WellSpace Well being supplies this service,” Abel stated. “As a rheumatologist, I’m a specialist in medical circumstances corresponding to arthritis and inflammatory illnesses that may have an effect on many techniques of the physique.”

Along with treating sufferers, Abel additionally will probably be obtainable for consultations with main care physicians who consider sufferers to find out whether or not they want specialty care.

“We’re speaking about constructing subspecialty well being care that’s totally funded for the longer term for taking good care of our members,” Lubarsky stated on the partnership announcement. “It’s an incredible mannequin.”


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