Susan Davis, President and CEO of St. Vincent’s Health Services in Bridgeport, testified on behalf of Ascension Health before the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) HIT Policy Committee Meaningful Use Workgroup.
In the post-health reform era, what does Healthcare That Leaves No One Behind mean? While many people will gain coverage as a result of the passage of the Affordable Care Act, millions more will remain without coverage, and many of the newly covered individuals will continue to struggle with access to healthcare services.
As a result, Ascension Health has evolved its 2020 destination for Healthcare That Leaves No One Behind to describe that all people, particularly those who are poor and vulnerable, can access environments and healthcare that (1) create and support the best journey to improved health status for individuals and communities; and (2) are financed in an adequate and sustainable fashion. The vulnerable people we are focused on serving include individuals who remain uninsured in a post-reform era, but also include people who are vulnerable due to factors other than insurance coverage, including their economic situation, citizenship status, geographic location, health status, age, education level or decision-making ability.