Guilford Community Care Network, Inc.’s mission is to promote and coordinate community-based efforts to ensure all persons have access to quality and affordable health care services in a comprehensive and coordinated system of care regardless of an individual’s ability to pay.
Guilford Community Care Network, Inc. wants to ensure provision of primary care/specialty services to the community’s adults/families by creating awareness regarding health disparities and securing funding through multiple methodologies.
The state of North Carolina created the Community Care Network of North Carolina (CCNC) in response to a number of federal proposals circulating in Washington D.C. which called for shifting more of the financial responsibility for Medicaid to the states. The Network, which was originally called Carolina Access II and III and renamed the CCNC in 2001, was modeled after Carolina Access and used a medical home model that could improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of care as it improved access and decreased emergency room visits in nonemergency situations. Additionally, the Network sought to retain physician support and participation and to achieve lasting improvements in care and care outcomes, focusing design efforts on improving the quality of care rather than seeking quick cuts in program costs. The CCNC accomplished these goals through the use of physician networks; population management tools; case management and clinical support; and timely and relevant data and feedback.
Health Care Sharing Initiative Provides Care for Uninsured Using CCNC Model
The Health Care Sharing Initiative program was launched in Guilford County. The program grew out of talks between the Moses Cone~Wesley Long Community Health Foundation and the Greater Greensboro Medical Society. The program worked with more than 200 area physicians to provide free health care to uninsured adults who fall at 150 percent or more below federal poverty guidelines. The initiative covered all of Guilford County except High Point. Individuals who qualified got a regular doctor and had a $5 co-pay for their prescriptions. The Foundation anticipated spending $1.5 million over the next three years to implement the program. The Initiative was patterned after Buncombe County’s award-winning Project Access, a community-generated effort that involves doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, the managed-care industry, local government and nonprofit groups.
The Guilford County Board of Health voted to create a partnership with Cone Health System and High Point Regional Health System to provide care to the county’s poor and indigent adults. The partnership was named Guilford Adult Health and consisted of the High Point Adult Health Center, which High Point Regional Health System started operating in September and Health Serve, which Cone Health System started operating in October. County health officials hoped that privatization would repeat the success of Guilford Child Health, a similar partnership that started in 1996 and dramatically increased the number of children receiving care.
Guilford County was one of 14 community networks that formed across the state and was the combined effort of Guilford Child Health, Health Serve, Cone Family Practice, Cone Outpatient Facility, Cone Internal Medicine, the Guilford County Health Department and the High Point Adult Health Center. The Network, which was originally housed under the Moses Cone~Wesley Long Community Health Foundation, was called Guilford Access Partnership (GAP)