Funding Whole-Person Health: Opportunities to Make Essential Needs Initiatives More Sustainable

May 16, 2019

In recent years, a broad spectrum of medical practices have launched initiatives to help address patients’ essential resource needs — like food and housing — as a standard part of care delivery. Many organizations support these programs through a combination of internal operational funds, grant funding and philanthropy. But comparatively few have uncovered clear pathways to make these initiatives financially sustainable in the long term.

Our Funding Whole-Person Health Guide and supporting Essential Needs Funding Table are intended to help healthcare practices identify the range of potential funding opportunities available — and understand how these initiatives may or may not align with their desired care delivery model. Here we offer a high-level summary of primary care payment reform efforts and funding opportunities that can support providers in developing value-based, community-centered care models.

These initiatives largely fall into four key categories:

  • Medicaid Opportunities like Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Targeted Case Management (TCM)
  • Medicare Opportunities such as Advantage Plans and Chronic Care Management (CCM)
  • Multi-Payer Opportunities including Accountable Health Communities (AHC) and Comprehensive Primary Care-Plus (CPC)+
  • Practice-Based Opportunities like Section 300 Enabling Services and Community Benefit initiatives


Download the full Funding Guide

View the poster-sized Funding Table

Many of these initiatives are tied to public policies that evolve over time, so be sure to check back here for updates!


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