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Advocacy and What Counts

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    Posted by: Dee Wimberley, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

    Date: February 12, 2015 5:32 PM

    We do a lot of advocacy here at our adult and children’s hospitals. Recently, we did a big push to support Gov. Haslam’s Insure Tennessee program to increase the number of citizens who receive healthcare. While this would benefit our system in terms of patients having health insurance and have less bad debt, it also would help other systems across the state not to mention the citizens who would have access to healthcare benefits. My question is this…..what can I count towards community benefit? We spent many man hours contacting citizen groups, church groups, etc…asking them to lobby their representatives to approve the Insure Tennessee.

    How do I know what I can count towards Advocacy since in reality, everything we advocate for will also help our system?________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Response: Peter Morgan, Adventist Medical Center-Portland
    Date: February 13, 2015 10:14 AM

    You can count your advocacy time that involves promoting citizens signing up for public programs such as Medicaid. I would count the time under A3- Enrollment assistance/Public Medical Programs.

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