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A Historical Perspective

By Region: The South

“Project Access started in Buncombe County (Asheville, NC) in 1996. The physicians of the Buncombe County Medical Society realized the need for access to the full continuum of care for all low-income, uninsured residents of the community. While physicians were already seeing patients for free in their practices or on-call in the hospital emergency room, the hassle and heartache in trying to obtain specialty procedures and medications was an obstacle that was both unnecessary and impeding to their patients health.”                    


By State: Tennessee

Appalachian Mountain Project Access is one (1) of four (4) Project Access Programs in the State.

Hamilton County Project Access was established in 2004
http://www.chattmedsoc.org/

Knoxville Area Project Access was established in 2005
http://www.knoxvilleareaprojectaccess.org/

and Bridges to Care Plus in Nashville was established in 2005
http://www.nashvillemedicine.org/home.html.

By Area: Northeast

Northeast Tennessee was inspired by the successful replications of the Project Access model in other areas of Tennessee.  Efforts would be focused through CHIP (Community Health Improvement Partnership), “a community development process that engages rural communities to make local decisions about improving local health care systems and the health statuses of area residents”.  CHIP’s 2006 exploratory committee nominated a Board of Directors (BOD) in 2007 [Dr. Dan David, Dr. Jeff Farrow, Gary Mayes, Dr. Mark Overbay, Dr. Paul Brown, Dr. John Franko, Dr. Jerry Miller, Dr. Larry Schmidt, Elliott Moore, and Dr. Jack Butterworth].  This BOD would work with an Operations Council made up of key stakeholders in area healthcare provision [CHIP, Kingsport Tomorrow, ETSU Quillen College of Medicine, Local Health Departments, The Johnson City Downtown Clinic, Friends in Need Health Center, Healing Hands Health Center, Rural Health Services Consortium, Physician Group Practice Administrators, Mountain States Health Alliance Hospital Network, and The Wellmont Health System Hospital Network].  The consensus stated by Gary Mayes, Regional Director of the Sullivan County Health Departments, in his Executive Summary was as follows: “Our region lacks a network or system to focus safety net systems into an identifiable point of access.”     

CHIP would go on to recommend that this “identifiable point of access” be named Appalachian Mountain Project Access, [other suggestions were Mountain South Access Project MSAP and Project Access Mountain South PAMS] to operate under its parent organization Kingsport Tomorrow until granted its own 501(c)(3) status in March 2008.  At that time, AMPA had secured around 80 providers in Washington County, TN and 30 providers in Sullivan County, TN.  Seventy-eight (78) patient referrals had been received.

By Program: AMPA

[2006]




May
Exploratory Committee Formed






[2007]


March
Board of Directors Begins to Meet







November
Johnson City Office Site Opened

December
Limited Enrollment Offered to Washington County Providers

[2008]

February
Open Enrollment Offered to Washington County Providers

March
Independent 501(c) Status Approved




August
Value of Donated Care $229,608.00


November
Limited Enrollment Offered to Sullivan County Providers

[2009]


March
Value of Donated Care $1,826,577.25

May

Referrals Accepted from Clinics and Hospitals in Washington County






[2010]







August
Open Enrollment Offered to Sullivan County Providers
Referrals Accepted from Clinics and Hospitals in Sullivan County

Value of Donated Care $8,496,098.00



[2011]



April

Value of Donated Care to Date $12,419,771


July
221 Washington Co Providers
214 Sullivan Co Providers
Value of Donated Care to Date $14,471,974




December
228 Washington Co Providers
222 Sullivan Co Providers
Value of Donated Care to Date $17,582,465

 [2012]

February
260 Washington Co Providers
228 Sullivan Co Providers
Value of Donated Care to Date $18,646,267



June
263 Washington Co Providers
281 Sullivan Co Providers
Value of Donated Care to Date $21,161,851





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 [2013]





May
264 Washington Co Providers
286 Sullivan Co Providers
Value of Donated Care to Date $27,584,127


August
Announcement of Navigator Funding for State-wide Collaborative including
Appalachian Mountain Project Access
and its sister sites in Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga

October
First Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Begins
AMPA adds HIM component to general screening process…(HIM) Program
AMPA now refers to its donated services for the uninsured as Specialty Care Coordination…(SCC) Program

[2014]


March
Local Community Grant helps launch Insurance Premium Assistance…(IPA) Program
First Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Ends (HIM OE1)


June
SCC Program reaches $35 million mark in cumulative donated care




November
Second Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Opens

[2015]

January
SCC Program reaches $38 million mark in cumulative donated care
February
Second Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Ends (HIM OE2)
March
IPA Program celebrates 1 yr





September
Collaborate with new Lead Grantee for HIM –
Family & Children Services out of Nashville

November
Third Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Begins
AMPA celebrates 8 years Number 8 Candle

December
AMPA Navigators have met with 300 Consumers since September 16th of this year
(includes TennCare and Private Plans through healthcare.gov)

[2016]

January
Third Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Ends (HIM OE3)

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