COVID-19 prevention measures have constrained health care provider capacity and resulted in significant business interruptions for health care providers, as well as created barriers for members of the public to access health care (e.g., transportation, perceptions of safety, the need to quarantine). These barriers are anticipated to persist as RI continues to respond and adapt to the pandemic.
As a leading voice in the primary care and healthcare community, CTC-RI has provided input to the Governor's COVID-19 Taskforce and the state as it works to identify and implement a number of projects to provide technical assistance concerning telemedicine, financial support and infrastructure support to health care providers, with a focus on primary care providers and community health teams, to address the health care needs of Rhode Islanders vulnerable for COVID-19 and to ensure that providers can continue to meet critical health care needs during the public health emergency. Following CTC-RI's recommendations to the Governor's COVID-19 Taskforce, the state has identified projects targeting primary care provider-focused assistance.
The identified projects include:
- Community Health Teams
- Well-Child Care
- Telemedicine Access and Payment
- Clinical Care Delivery Redesign Under Prospective Payment