Funding Whole-Person Health: Opportunities to Make Essential Needs Initiatives More Sustainable
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
Many of these initiatives are tied to public policies that evolve over time, so be sure to check back here for updates!