Views & Visions with Martha Carter, CEO FamilyCare
Martha Carter, CEO of FamilyCare was published in an issue of Views & Visions. She tells the story of a patient and explains three community health center strategies: whole person care, team-based care and coordination of care.
July 28, 2017 – CHARLESTON, WV (WCHS/WVAH)
July 27, 2017 – Press Release
FamilyCare Receives Grant To Provide Oral Care For Women At Recovery Point Charleston
Charleston, W.Va. – One essential health care need for women working to find recovery at Recovery Point Charleston is dental care. Health is usually neglected in active addiction, and many need major restorative dental work to advance their recovery. A smile is key to boosting confidence and helping people find jobs and remain in recovery.
To address this need, FamilyCare applied for and received a $97,000 grant award from The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation. The grant will allow FamilyCare to provide preventive and restorative oral health care for women in the program. It is estimated that the partnership with Recovery Point will provide oral health services to 150 women per year.
In the Fall of 2016, FamilyCare entered into an agreement with Recovery Point of Charleston, a new long-term, residential recovery program for women dealing with addiction. As part of the agreement, FamilyCare provides a medical clinician on-site for half a day per week to provide urgent care services and manage any chronic medical conditions.
“Originally our agreement was based solely on medical services, but we quickly identified a pressing need for oral health services for the residents,” said Rhoda Hamilton, FNP and FamilyCare’s on-site clinician for Recovery Point. “Many of the residents have advanced dental decay and poor oral health.”
Oral health assessments and cleanings will take place within a resident’s first month at Recovery Point. For residents who complete the first stages of recovery, after roughly six months in the program, FamilyCare will provide more extensive, restorative dental work as needed, including fillings, extractions, dentures, root canals, and crowns.
FamilyCare began offering dental services in 2002 and has since expanded oral health services at its Patrick Street location, seeing approximately 2,000 patients a year. FamilyCare also operates a mobile dental van that provides preventive services such as screenings, X-rays, fluoride varnishes, sealants, and cleanings.
Established in 1989, FamilyCare started out only providing women’s health services. Now the company has grown to also provide family health care, dental care, mental health, addiction, and social services, pediatric and school-based health care, nutrition and diabetes education, and urgent care. FamilyCare serves nearly 30,000 people in four counties in West Virginia.
January 29, 2017 – Charleston-Gazette Mail
Martha Carter: The local risk of repeal without replace
Today, I am pondering how my organization will be able to provide care for our patients who are at risk of losing their Medicaid coverage if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed and not replaced. Read full article
July 29, 2016 – Press Release
FamilyCare Health Centers selected to participate in new national initiative to prevent heart attacks and strokes
FamilyCare Health Centers (WomenCare, Inc.) has been selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as one of 516 awardees in 47 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia to help reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes among millions of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. Health care practitioners, such as FamilyCare, participating in the Million Hearts® Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model will work to decrease cardiovascular disease risk by assessing an individual patient’s risk for heart attack or stroke and applying prevention interventions.
"Being involved in Million Hearts provides a tremendous opportunity for our organization to make a huge impact on the lives and wellbeing of our patients and their loved ones. The goal is to decrease the number of initial heart attacks and strokes, which are a significant cause of disability and death in our population," said Dr. Christina Webb, Director of FamilyCare's Million Hearts® Model project.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death and a major contributor to disability in the United States. One in three deaths are caused by heart attacks and strokes, resulting in over $300 billion of health care costs each year. Currently, health care practitioners are paid to screen for blood pressure, cholesterol, or other risk factors individually. In testing a new approach, practitioners participating in the Million Hearts® Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model’s intervention group will use a data-driven, widely accepted predictive modeling approach to generate personalized risk scores and develop specific plans in partnership with patients to reduce the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Accepted applicants were randomly assigned to either the intervention or control group in accordance with the model’s randomized control design.
Overall, nearly 20,000 health care practitioners and over 3.3 million Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries will participate in the five-year model. FamilyCare is participating in the intervention group and will work with Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries to determine their ten-year individual risk for a heart attack or stroke. FamilyCare will then work with beneficiaries individually to identify the best approach or approaches to reducing their risk of having a heart attack or stroke – for example, smoking cessation interventions, blood pressure management, or cholesterol-lowering drugs or aspirin – and will explain the benefits of each approach. Each beneficiary will receive a personalized risk modification plan that will target their specific risk factors. FamilyCare will be paid for reducing the absolute risk for heart disease or stroke among their high-risk beneficiaries.
“Our health care system historically often emphasized acute care over preventive care,” said Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS Acting Principal Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer. “This initiative will enhance patient-centered care and give practitioners the resources to invest the time and staff to address and manage patients who are at high risk for heart attacks and strokes.”
The Affordable Care Act, through the creation of the CMS Innovation Center, allows for the testing of innovative payment and service delivery models, such as the Million Hearts® Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model, to move our health care system toward one that spends dollars more wisely, delivers better care and makes individuals and communities healthier. Today’s announcement is part of the Administration’s broader strategy to improve the health care system by paying practitioners for what works, unlocking health care data, and finding new ways to coordinate and integrate care to improve quality. In March 2016, the Administration announced it reached its goal, nearly one year ahead of schedule, of tying 30 percent of Medicare payments to alternative payment models that reward the quality of care over the quantity of services provided to beneficiaries.
This model is part of Million Hearts®, a broad national initiative co-led by CMS and CDC to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Million Hearts® brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke. For more information on the Million Hearts® initiative, please visit: https://millionhearts.hhs.gov.
For additional information about the Million Hearts® Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Model, including a fact sheet and a list of participants, please visit: https://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/Million-Hearts-CVDRRM/.
For additional information about FamilyCare Health Centers, please contact Martha Carter, CEO at 304-760-6316 or Dr. Christina Webb at 304-757-6999, and visit: http://www.familycarewv.org/.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - Charleston Gazette-Mail
FamilyCare’s new “Miles of Smiles” Dental RV will allow providers to travel to schools in Putnam and Boone counties to provide basic dental care for children without a regular dentist . . . Read full article