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December 2014 Newsletter

Better Health Care for Gay New Yorkers

Agencies will coordinate services to adapt to managed care

AN OPEN DOOR: Transgender, gay, lesbian, and bisexual clients are welcome at Callen-Lorde.

Cost-effective, efficient, sensitive. These aren’t words commonly associated with health care in the U.S. But community health centers can be all of these, if they’re well run and properly funded.

“The challenge for health centers is figuring out how to provide the best care while getting paid back,” says Irfan Hasan, the Trust program officer for health and people with special needs. That’s especially difficult now because most patients have managed care plans that reimburse for bundles of services, rather than for every exam, blood test, or counseling session.

“Thousands of people rely on these agencies for primary, dental, HIV-related, substance-abuse, and elder care,” says Hasan. As health care changes, the providers will explore a common referral process and intake procedures, cutting money-losing or overlapping services.

ABOUT THIS GRANT: Our $100,000 grant will help Callen-Lorde Community Health Center as it works to improve and consolidate services with the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center and Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders.

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