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Our Purpose

The Health Center Association of Nebraska (HCAN) is a nonprofit primary care organization whose mission is to enhance and expand access to quality, community-responsive healthcare for Nebraska’s medically underserved and uninsured. Members of HCAN are federally-qualified Community Health Centers (CHCs) that provide medical, dental, and mental health services for over 63,000 Nebraskans. Established in 2011, the Health Center Association of Nebraska is funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration.

The Health Center Association of Nebraska:

  • Provides technical assistance and training to member health centers
  • Networks with organizations at the regional and national level for healthcare excellence and equity
  • Promotes healthcare workforce development, recruitment, and retention
  • Partners with communities to expand services and meet the needs of the medically underserved
  • Educates Nebraskans on the mission, services, and value of community health centers

 

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Six-Month Market Exclusivity Extensions To Promote Research Offer Substantial Returns For Many Drug Makers [Web First]

To incentivize pharmaceutical manufacturers to invest in areas of unmet medical need, policy makers frequently propose extending the market exclusivity period of desired drugs. Some such proposals are modeled after the pediatric exclusivity patent

18 January 2017 | 8:30 pm

Market Share Matters: Evidence Of Insurer And Provider Bargaining Over Prices [Market Concentration]

Proposed mergers among large US health insurers and growing consolidation among providers have renewed concerns about the effects of market concentration on commercial health care prices. Using multipayer claims for physician services provided in

9 January 2017 | 8:00 pm

Sharp Decline In Prostate Cancer Treatment Among Men In The General Population, But Not Among Diagnosed Men [Cancer Care]

The indolent nature of many prostate cancers has heightened concerns that harms from treatment may outweigh those from the disease and has resulted in a growing consensus in favor of less aggressive screening and treatment. We sought to understand

9 January 2017 | 8:00 pm

One In Five Inpatient Emergency Department Cases May Lead To Surprise Bills [Web First]

A surprise medical bill is a bill from an out-of-network provider that was not expected by the patient or that came from an out-of-network provider not chosen by the patient. In 2014, 20 percent of hospital inpatient admissions that originate

9 January 2017 | 8:00 pm