AccessHealth’s mission is to support communities in creating and sustaining coordinated data-driven provider networks of care that provide medical homes and ensure timely, affordable, high-quality healthcare services for low-income uninsured people in South Carolina.
Our vision is to spark sustainable health system change that results in better health outcomes and 100 percent access to effective, efficient, safe, timely, patient-centered, and equitable healthcare throughout South Carolina.
With the creation of AccessHealth SC in 2008, there is now a statewide effort that encourages and supports the creations of community-based networks of care. Networks are composed of a broad range of healthcare providers and other health-related resources working in collaboration to leverage resources and align services. They provide uninsured South Carolinians a coordinated approach to care. Network partners can include hospitals, free clinics, certified rural health clinics, community health centers, physicians, medication providers, behavioral health providers and local health departments.
Community networks are a "big picture" solution. The goal is to provide participants with a medical home that gives ongoing access to a primary care team to address preventive care, specialty care, dental and behavioral care, non-emergent hospital care, and medications. The network helps ensure the patient gets the right care in the right place and at the right time. This approach addresses the patient's ongoing preventive, chronic, and acute healthcare and medication needs; improves utilization of healthcare services; improves the individual's health quality of life; and enhances the health and wellbeing of communities at large.
While community networks and their partners benefit greatly from AccessHealth SC's support, guidance and sharing of best practices, they address the uninsured issue in a localized manner, serving as an easy-to-access, centralized healthcare resource for the uninsured in their community.
For more information
1000 Center Point Road
Columbia, SC 29210
Executive Director - Melanie Matney
AccessHealth SC Partners
The following stakeholders provide insight, oversight and guidance to AccessHealth SC through their participation in various committees.
The Duke Endowment
BlueCross BlueShield of SC Foundation
Center for Health Services and Policy Research
Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC
SC Dental Association
SC Department of Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Services
SC Department of Health & Environmental Control
SC Department of Health & Human Services
SC Department of Mental Health
SC Free Clinic Association
SC Hospital Association
SC Medical Association
SC Office of Revenue and Fiscal Affairs
SC Office of Rural Health
SC Primary Health Care Association
SC Rural Health Research Center
United Way Association of South Carolina