Mobile health clinics in the era of reform

health reform

Publication: American Journal of Managed Care

Mobile clinics are an integral part of the health care system with over 1500 clinics delivering quality care to vulnerable populations; however, the collective impact of mobile clinics has not been assessed. This study analyzes data from the Mobile Health Map Project, an online platform that aggregates data on mobile health clinics in the United States and explores the role of mobile clinics in health care delivery reform and expanded insurance coverage. The authors found that mobile clinics improve access for vulnerable populations, bolster prevention and chronic disease management, and reduce costs. Expanded health care coverage and health care delivery reform can increase opportunities for mobile clinics to partner with hospitals, health systems, and insurers to improve care for patients and to lower costs.