Milwaukee Health Services, Inc. (MHSI) is a Federally Qualified Community Health Center (FQHC) that operates from two (2) sites: The Isaac Coggs Heritage Health Connection at 8200 W. Silver Spring Drive and the MLK Heritage Health Center at 2555 N. Martin Luther King Drive. MHSI offers a range of primary health care services including Medical, Dental, Behavioral, Women’s Health, Benefit Determination, and Pharmacy. FQHCs service everyone regardless of income, or third party coverage, and seek to provide high quality care in accessible locations and at convenient times. Our particular sites primarily target the residents of Milwaukee’s north side, but service patients countywide. FQHCs are unique in their delivery of care, patient population and provision of services. FQHCs seek to provide quality care in an underserved area to the uninsured or underinsured populations that would otherwise not have access to care.
Please visit the MHSI website at www.mhsi.org to understand the dynamics of FQHCs
Intake Coordination by Federally Qualified Health Centers supports the goals of Emergency Department Care Coordination (EDCC) initiative to:
Decrease avoidable ED utilization and related hospitalizations
Decrease duplicative ED tests and procedures
Connect targeted Medicaid and uninsured ED visitors with primary care health homes and other health resources through patient education and by encouraging, counseling and coaching the patient on the benefits of a primary care health home.
Referral Coordination by Federally Qualified Health Centers supports the goals of the Specialty Access for the Uninsured Program to:
Provide clinically appropriate, timely, managed and distributed specialty care for low income, uninsured individuals in order to improve health outcomes, care management, efficiency and effectiveness of care and in turn, to reduce avoidable utilization and the total cost of care.
Manage the MyHealthDIRECT scheduling system for CHC including adding and deleting appointments based on CHC volume capacity and payer mix needs.
Monitor for receipt of medical record from ED, and distribution per CHC process.
Maintain current contact information on MyHealthDirect fax cover sheet, contacting MyHealthDIRECT with changes.
Collaborate with Triage or Clinic Nurse when necessary to determine if scheduled appointment meets patient health care needs.
Schedule all EDCC patient appointments in the patient management system.
Partner with primary care team in delivery of patient’s plan of care.
Verify insurance information with appropriate HMO/IPA or insurance carrier.
Attend EDCC meetings on behalf of Primary Care team.
Improve screening for patient insurance eligibility
Streamline application processes between the safety-net clinic and health system for patient financial assistance
Improve patient education and referral management
Increase understanding of the specialty care needs of the uninsured and current patterns of accessing care
Identification of specialty services that could be more effectively/efficiently delivered in the primary care setting
Heighten awareness of the complexity of, and resource requirements for effective transition care management among safety-net primary care providers, specialists and hospital/health systems
Attend seminars, training sessions, and meetings to keep abreast of the changing insurance policies and procedures, as needed.
Comply with federal, state and local regulations regarding patient confidentiality and HIPAA.
Contact patient via phone to introduce clinic, educate on value of primary care health home, encourage attendance at appointment and answer any questions
Meet patient during the first visit to continue educational process on benefits of a primary care health home and on appropriate use of the ED and how to access medical services in the future
Evaluates the patient’s first visit to CHC to determine effectiveness of initial education and assist patient with needed community resources.
Contact no-show patients to determine why they have missed their appointment and encourage rescheduling of appointment, reinforcing importance of a primary care health home
Collect, maintain and transmit data as needed for ED Care Coordination measurement requirements and improvement activities
Participate consistently in Joint Assessment & Referral/Intake and Retention Work Group and other ED Care Coordination improvement activities
EEO/AA: Milwaukee Health Services provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Milwaukee Health Services complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training