State of Florida Awards Grant to Florida Association of Community Health Centers and USMD

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The State of Florida has awarded a rural Provider Service Network (PSN) developmental grant to the Florida Association of Community Health Centers (FACHC) and USMD.

The State of Florida has awarded a rural Provider Service Network (PSN) developmental grant to the Florida Association of Community Health Centers (FACHC) and USMD. FACHC and USMD will be developing the foundation, network and creating the administrative and service infrastructure necessary to become a PSN to serve the medical needs of Medicaid populations in rural areas of Florida.

FACHC provides a strong history and dedication to serving underserved populations throughout the State of Florida through its member Community Health Centers. FACHCs members are both familiar with and skilled in serving Medicaid recipients throughout the state. USMD provides healthcare technology and a strong history of medical management of Medicaid populations. USMD's model provides Practice Management, Electronic Medical Records and Chronic Care technology to the centers to give them the tools for effective patient management. They then deploy managed care services, such as Case Management and Disease Management around the technology to provide comprehensive approach to patient care.

"This partnership provides a complete approach to meeting the needs of Floridians," said Andrew Behrman, President and CEO of FACHC, "It allows us to provide our member Community Health Centers with additional tools to provide high-quality services to their patients."

"We are pleased to bring to Florida our model of providing both the technology and managed care services to a dedicated team of professionals," stated Jason Patchen, CEO of USMD, "We have successfully engaged IPAs and networks in other states to allow them to improve their quality of care, reduce costs and provide better outcomes for patients. I'm pleased we have expanded to our home state of Florida."

About the Florida Association of Community Health Centers, Inc.
Since 1981, the Florida Association of Community Health Centers, Inc. (FACHC) has been the leading state advocate for community-based health care programs. Focusing on Florida's Federally Qualified Community Health Centers, the Association plays a vital role in educating federal, state and local policymakers about issues relating to health care and the role of the health centers. The primary mission of FACHC is to improve access to quality health services by bringing together agencies, legislators and key persons able to affect health care services. Our staff work with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Bureau of Primary Health Care, the Region IV HHS Public Health Service in Atlanta, the National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc. and the Southeast Health Care Consortium, Inc. which includes key representatives from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

About USMD, LLC
USMD, LLC utilizes a "high-touch/high-tech" approach -- partnering members, physicians and payers to improve clinical outcomes, reduce costs and integrate medical interventions. USMD contracts with physicians and provides technology with its Alliance Partner -- Visionary Medical Systems, Inc. In addition, USMD provides medical management and managed care services to a variety of clinical organizations, networks and payers, enabling them to achieve improved clinical outcomes at reduced cost. More information on USMD can be found online at http://www.myusmd.com or by calling (866) 321-3954.

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