Forum Session

Perspectives on the Financial Underpinnings of the Safety Net: No Margin, No Mission
June 5, 2001


Richard Hegner


This session featured discussion of the financial challenges that confront safety net providers in both urban and rural settings. It centered on community health center and public and community hospital concerns and ways in which they are dealing with managed care, market competition, and variations in public funding and support.


Frank Barrett, Chief Financial Officer, Denver Health; Jim Dearth, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Children's Health System, Birmingham, AL; Ronda Kotelchuck, Executive Director, Primary Care Development Corporation, New York; John Megenhausen, Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Health Care, Inc., Howard, SD; Paul Offner, PhD, Research Professor, Institute for Health Care Research and Policy, Georgetown University

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