McKinney Fire Dept. joins forces with Molina Healthcare of Texas to expand the Community Healthcare Program
By McKinney Fire Department
Feb 17, 2022
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The alliance will improve medical access and help avoid unnecessary trips to the hospital 

McKinney, Texas (Feb. 15, 2022) – The McKinney Fire Department (MFD) is expanding its award-winning Community Healthcare Program by partnering with Molina Healthcare of Texas (Molina). The alliance is one of the first-of-its-kind involving fire-based EMS. 

The Community Healthcare Program (CHP) bridges the gap between emergency care and seeing a primary care physician. Since 2013, the CHP has successfully helped more than 250 people stabilize their overall health so they do not need to rely on EMS for routine medical care. The program is part of the MFD’s Mobile Integrated Healthcare initiative, including the recently launched telemedicine program that connects some patients to ER physicians without a trip to the hospital. 

Molina Healthcare of Texas provides health insurance to individuals through government programs like Medicaid and Medicare. This partnership will enable vulnerable patients at high risk for needing to access the city’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) with the tools to manage their routine needs without emergency help. With the support of Molina, advanced practice paramedics will be assisted by a nurse practitioner and an emergency room physician to provide ongoing in-home personal care for non-emergency situations.

“By partnering with Molina Healthcare of Texas, we can more easily identify patients who can benefit from our Community Healthcare Program and provide vulnerable people with care while also freeing up our emergency teams for when and where they are truly needed,” said Fire Chief Danny Kistner. 

“Molina works hard to find innovative ways to ensure that every Texan — especially those in underserved communities — has the information and resources necessary to better manage their health,” said Chris Coffey, plan president of Molina Healthcare of Texas. “Through our partnership with the City of McKinney, we will ultimately improve patient outcomes in North Texas by ensuring patients can receive high-touch care in the best setting for their unique needs.”