Healthcare Reform Focus For Safety Net Health Forum April 19-21

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Colorado Rural Health Center (CRHC) and ClinicNET’s “The Forum 2011” will focus primarily on healthcare reform and ensuring safety net clinics are well-equipped to face changes in the system.

In response to federal and state changes in healthcare reform, the Colorado Rural Health Center (CRHC) and ClinicNET’s “The Forum 2011” will focus primarily on healthcare reform and ensuring safety net clinics are well-equipped to face changes in the system.

“Changes in the healthcare system are absolutely necessary if we are to create a sustainable long-term solution to our current healthcare crisis. However, modifications in areas of payment and an increase in patients with health insurance will have a huge impact on the providers of our state, especially for rural and urban safety net providers who operate with fewer resources and are already at capacity serving a largely uninsured and underserved population,” said Lou Ann Wilroy, Chief Executive Officer for CRHC. “We’re excited to be able to offer safety net providers with critical support and education to proactively address changes in the system so that they are prepared to effectively serve their patients and their communities.”

The Forum 2011: Essential Perspectives for Safety Net Providers, is a two-day conference that will bring together participants from all over Colorado and the surrounding states. It serves as the premier educational, training, and networking event for all Colorado rural and urban safety net clinics, members of the clinic team, and other interested parties. This is the 11th annual Forum, and the second year in which CRHC has partnered with ClinicNET to put on the event. This partnership allows an expanded reach, which includes other states and clinic types in order to address the issues facing all safety net providers.

In addition to healthcare reform, The Forum will educate providers on health information technology, innovative care models, improving patient outcomes, and ensuring regulatory compliance. Conference organizers say that a few slots are still available for vendors who wish to exhibit their products or services at The Forum.

About The Colorado Rural Health Center
CRHC was founded in 1991 as Colorado’s nonprofit State Office of Rural Health. CRHC works with Federal, state and local partners to offer services and resources to rural healthcare providers, facilities and communities. CRHC has a diverse and inclusive statewide constituency of over 3,500 people and organizations. For more information on CRHC or The Forum call 303-832-7493 or go to http://www.coruralhealth.org.

About ClinicNET
ClinicNET is a Colorado non-profit corporation committed to strengthening Colorado’s safety net by empowering organizations that provide health care to vulnerable populations. ClinicNET serves Community-funded Safety Net Clinics (CSNCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) that provide health care services to low-income, uninsured and underinsured Coloradans. For more information, go to http://www.clinicnet.org.

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