Community Health Centers of the Central Coast receives grant

Community Health Centers of the Central Coast has been awarded a three-year grant that will allow it to improve the medical care it delivers to Medicare recipients and other patients in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

The award, called an advanced primary care demonstration grant, comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding was made available by the health reform law, the Affordable Care Act.

Such grants are designed “to combat the explosive growth in health care costs by improving the quality and coordination of health care services,” according to Rep. Lois Capps, the Santa Barbara-based Democrat who represents coastal San Luis Obispo County.

In a news release, Capps wrote that recipients will seek new ways to manage chronic conditions and reduce repeat hospitalizations.

“This funding for Community Health Centers of the Central Coast is a win-win. It’s a win for the patients who will receive better care and it’s a win for taxpayers as we implement strategies that will reduce the cost of delivering high quality health care,” she wrote.