Let's revisit the actual facts about why Unity Care is leaving by focusing on the words of Unity Care Executive Director Des Skubi. To see our translations, touch or click on the highlighted areas.
For over a decade, Unity Care NW has providedand medical services to the Point Roberts community through a contract with the Point Roberts Hospital District. , the Board of Directors of Unity Care NW has decided with the Point Roberts Hospital District to provide clinical services in 2019 and beyond. We will maintain services and continue to care for through the end of 2018.
This has been a difficult decision knowing the impact to our patients, the Point Roberts community, and staff. We thank our patients for entrusting us with their care, and our staff for the care and customer service provided to the community.
As a Federally Qualified Health Center,for underserved and disadvantaged populations. We take that mission seriously and in Point Roberts, at times committing our own resources to fund deficits and expand services. We have found, however, that as a whole, Point Roberts’ patients are more likely to be and are . and has created challenges to our approach to health care which and the sustainability of our services. Additionally, there has been significant surrounding the Hospital District and clinic services that has consumed a great deal of administrative time and energy, proportionally
which requires administrative resources and which, upon completion next year, will be able to accommodate those currently served in Point Roberts if they so choose,
Our current contract with the Point Roberts Hospital District expires at the end of the year. Unity Care NW will work with the Hospital District to ensure as smooth of a transition as possible. If alternative solutions are not yet in place by year-end, we will consider operating the clinic on a month-to-month, short-term basis, provided we are still able to staff and financially sustain it.
The Point Roberts taxpayers, through the Hospital District, own the clinic. Unity Care is contracted to provide services. Unity provides the staff, and they keep all patient fees and insurance reimbursements. The taxpayers, through the district, also pay Unity: this year, we are paying them about $176,000. The combination of patient-related revenue and tax subsidies is what fully funds the clinic.
The bottom line is that there's a fundamental conflict between the legal obligations of the Hospital District and Unity Care's business model. The Hospital District is subsidized by local taxpayers so all taxpayers are entitled to equal access. But Unity Care is a Federally Qualified Health Center provider (hrsa.gov). That means they prioritize primary care and therefore serve their primary care patients preferentially. At our clinic, that sometimes means to the exclusion of others.
This is the point Skubi is making when he says that Point Roberts' needs do not align with Unity's model. Urgent care visits and treatment of patients who have not named the clinic as their primary care provider dilute Unity's primary care statistics. Skubi implies that this endangers Unity's Federally Qualified Health Center status, a risk they would not esnt to incur with the expensive Ferndale facility on the horizon. Not renewing the Point Roberts contract is a sound business decision for Unity Care.
Our coverage of the community survey results ishere.
Our coverage of the Unity Care Board's resolution to leave Point Roberts is here.
After seeing the community survey results and declining revenues since starting to make people sign up as primary care patients
It affects their Federal Health Center status (see below).
cost them money
two people with a comic... Seriously?
They were a good fit when Virginia was the provider. Since then, they have become more focused on their bottom line business needs.
And special thanks to those Point Roberts taxpayers who subsidize the clinic even though they don't or can't use it.
They highly favor primary care.
Here and elsewhere, they refer to "our Point Roberts patients" because they only recognize an obligation to people who have named them as their primary care provider rather than to all Point Roberts taxpayers.
It's easier to leave than to fix the problems.
which have been declining since 2015.
Urgent care may meet your medical needs, but it doesn't meet Unity's business needs.
not as profitable as Medicaid patients
Urgent care isn't their mission.
The tiny Point Roberts clinic that's really owned by the taxpayers is a distraction while we're building our own fifteen million dollar facility.
dedicated ten years to trying to make you change your needs
They offer urgent care reluctantly.
What they've "tried to make work" is a business model that grants preferential treatment to established Unity Care patients even though all taxpayers subsidize the clinic equally, emphasizes primary care and discourages urgent care even though many people need urgent care more, and requires people to designate a nurse practitioner as their primary care provider when they need a doctor for that role.
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