Healthcare

Strategy 3

Healthcare systems should partner with other sectors to promote access to evidence-based physical activity-related services that increase health equity. (HC-3)

TACTICS:

Establish partnerships with state and local health departments to fund and implement inclusive physical activity policies and programs for underserved groups, and ensure that they are tailored to the cultures and needs of these groups. (HC-3.1)

Partner with faith-based organizations to increase access to physical activity opportunities and programs. (HC-3.2)

Support the capacity of school-based health clinics and programs to promote physical activity. (HC-3.3)

Develop partnerships with community-policing groups, government units, and other community organizations to promote safe access to opportunities to walk, bicycle, swim, and play outdoors. (HC-3.4)

Partner with community planners to ensure equitable access to active transportation and to expand opportunities for active transportation and recreational activity. (HC-3.5)

Objectives:

  • By 2020, at least one systematic review of collaborations between healthcare systems and partners that identifies best practices in PA promotion of will be published in a peer-reviewed journal. This review will synthesize the evidence on the value of these collaborations and provide case studies of successful ones.
  • By 2020, there will be at least two symposia at national meetings that discuss best practices for collaborations between healthcare systems and diverse community partners (e.g. schools, faith-based organizations).

Partner with providers of community physical activity services to form referral networks that increase opportunities for physical activity and ensure equal access of their patients to community resources, including patients living in rural areas. (HC-3.6)

Objectives:
  • By 2020, at least 10 healthcare systems serving a combined population of 10 million individuals will have in place referral agreements with community providers of physical activity services.
  • By 2020, 10% of patients eligible for intensive behavioral counseling for cardiovascular disease prevention participate in a community-based program covered by commercial insurers as a US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation for counseling to increase physical activity.

Reduce financial barriers to use of community physical activity services by including reimbursement to community providers as part of healthcare benefit packages, including funding of programs likely to reach diverse populations in the community and subgroups with lowest levels of physical activity.  (HC-3.7)

Objectives:

  • By 2020, Medicare and Medicaid will reimburse evidence-based programs that provide therapeutic physical activity (e.g., diabetes prevention programs, chronic disease self-management programs, Silver Sneakers).
  • By 2020, at least 20 commercial payers serving a combined population of 20 million individuals will provide coverage for physical activity services provided by community providers.
  • By 2020, there will be at least two symposia at national meetings that discuss overcoming financial barriers for collaborations between healthcare systems and partners of all types.

 

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