Pennsylvania physicians that aren’t affiliated with a health care system are eligible for part of a $4 million grant fund through the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED).
PAMED, along with PA Clinical Network and Highmark, announced on Monday that the organizations will be opening grant applications to support area physicians with services and projects to improve health care and make care more accessible in their communities.
Physicians must be PAMED members, engaged in the full-time patient-facing practice of medicine and cannot be affiliated with a health system or hospital.
Primary care applicants are eligible to receive up to $15,000 and non-primary care applicants can receive up to $10,000. Physicians from the same practice can apply, with each practice able to receive up to $75,000 in funding.
“There is no one size fits all in Pennsylvania when it comes to physicians and support for independent physicians is truly important as they play a vital and significant role in our health care system,” said Dr. David S. Webster, vice president and executive medical director of Clinical Services at Highmark.
Applicants can use the funds on health care services for uninsured patients and those unable to pay for services, programs for the prevention and treatment of disease or injury and other services such as treatments for veterans.
Applications are open now on a first come first serve basis.
Dr. Jaan Sidorov, CEO and president of PAMED’s PA Clinical Network, said that the funds will go a long way to increase health care quality in the state. He added that PAMED’s physicians will be able to use the funds to educate patients and provide services outside of their offices.
“For example, persons with diabetes or high blood pressure can monitor or self-treat outside the clinic and we can tailor additional services for patients,” said Sidorov. “The technology can be used to monitor impact at a patient as well as public health level.”
The Pennsylvania Medical Society is a physician-led organization representing physicians and medical students throughout the state. Its subsidiary, Harrisburg-based PA Clinical Network, is an alliance of health care providers throughout the state that share knowledge, expertise and resources to reduce cost. Physicians don’t need to be members of PAMED to join PA Clinical.