Directory of Alaska Health Care Safety Net Providers
“Health care safety net” is a term used to refer to a wide variety of providers delivering care to low-income and other vulnerable populations, including the uninsured and those covered by Medicaid and Medicare. The safety net can also refer to health care providers who are required by law to see patients regardless of ability to pay, including emergency departments at public hospitals and Community Health Centers, Public Health Centers, non-profits, as well as community hospitals, private physicians, and other providers also deliver a substantial amount of care to these populations.
Though there is no commonly accepted definition of the “safety net,” the Institute of Medicine, in its “America’s Health Care Safety Net,” defines it as “Those providers that organize and deliver a significant level of health care and other related services to uninsured, Medicaid, and other vulnerable patients.” They further define a subset of “core safety net providers” as “These providers have two distinguishing characteristics:
- either by legal mandate or explicitly adopted mission they maintain an ‘open door,’ offering access to services for patients regardless of their ability to pay; and
- a substantial share of their patient mix is uninsured, Medicaid, and other vulnerable patients.”
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Source: America’s Health Care Safety Net, Intact but Endangered; Institute of Medicine; 2000; P3-4
Directory of Alaska Health Care Safety Net Providers by Region
Complete Directory of Safety Net Providers in Order by Community
Information from the Directory of Alaska Health Care Safety Net Providers can also be accessed online using the Community and Regional Affairs Community Database Online.
Directory of Tribal/Village Clinic Managing Organizations
Alaska's system of safety net providers consists largely of community clinics operated by one of the state's tribal or village health organizations. Select this link to learn more about the managing organizations.
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