Ballad eyeing 'comprehensive' initiative for uninsured people, 'aggressive initiative' to combat effects of ACEs

Jonathan Roberts • Updated Jan 2, 2020 at 8:33 PM

At a press conference on Thursday, Ballad Health CEO Alan Levine said the healthcare giant is planning to announce a pair of initiatives aimed at improving healthcare in the region “in the coming weeks.” 

While details are limited, Levine said one initiative “relates to a comprehensive initiative for people throughout the region who are uninsured,” while another will provide care to newborns at risk for adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs. 

“Ballad Health is putting together a very comprehensive approach to people who do not have insurance,” Levine said Thursday. “We provided $20 million in care last year for people who are uninsured and, of course, no one pays us for that, so maybe there’s ways we can involve ourselves upstream with people who are uninsured who have chronic conditions to help reduce the need for hospital admissions.” 

Levine said Ballad’s ACEs initiative is a “very aggressive, first-first-of-its-kind” program to “provide a comprehensive assessment and integration of community-based services for newborns who are high-risk for adverse childhood experiences.” 

ACEs have a profound impact on Tennesseans, with an estimated 49% of children in Tennessee having at least one ACE -—4% higher than the rest of the country. 

“I think we’re about to announce some things that are very exciting, very important for the community and we’ll be providing more information on that in the coming weeks,” Levine said. 

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