List of Health Care Access' services available to our patients: primary care, wellness program, mental health counseling, legal counseling, prescription assistance, and referrals
Health Care Access offers non-emergency, chronic and acute health care. The primary providers at the Clinic are Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) with additional services provided by volunteer local physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses who donate their time and services.
Health Care Access offers a free, in-house wellness program to patients looking for a way to get started with exercise and eating healthy. Patients may participate in exercise sessions, goal-setting sessions, cooking classes, and grocery store tours to help maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Patients meet with wellness staff to talk about healthy eating advice and participate in monitored exercise sessions, stress management and yoga, and goal-setting. This program is available not just for patients who are interested in weight loss or weight maintenance, but also for patients who are managing a chronic condition, such as diabetes or hypertension.
The Wellness Department Facility includes: Treadmills, Bike, Elliptical, Free Weights, Yoga Mats & Balls, Resistance Bands, Active Wii Games. We tailor exercise programs to each patient’s needs so that we can help each patient meet their goals:
- Hypertension Management
- Weight Management
- Diabetes Management
- Cholesterol Management
- Anxiety and Depression Management
- Low Back/Sciatic Pain Management
Mental Health Counseling
As part of the mission to provide services that positively impact overall wellness of patients, Health Care Access staff and graduate students provide solution-focused, patient-centered mental health counseling and psychotherapy for a wide variety of mild-moderate mental health concerns. Because mental health is a key component of overall healing and wellness, topics treated at Health Care Access, include, but are not limited to; depression, anxiety, chronic stress, grief and loss. Assessment and direct referral for treatment of substance use disorders is also available. Mental health counseling and psychotherapy services are available to all established, adult patients of Health Care Access. Mental health counseling and psychotherapy offer patients a unique perspective and new skills to help cope with life stressors, to promote the well being of all patients.
- Douglas County Suicide Prevention Coalition
If you are referred to Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH) or one of its affiliated practices as a part of your care plan, these services will be made available to you under the LMH Charity Care Policy, effective April 1, 2013. As an Health Care Access patient, you meet the LMH Charity Care requirements and we will assist you in providing LMH that documentation.
Under this policy, there are minimum payments required for LMH services and a minimum $10 fee for each physician visit. As LMH implements this new policy, HCA will do our best to assist you in determining the cost to you at the time the referral is made.
If you are referred to a practice or provider that is not affiliated with LMH, it is up to that practice as to what services they will or will not donate. If follow up appointments are needed with a non-LMH affiliated group, please find out if these services will be donated or not. You may be asked to speak to that office’s billing coordinator to arrange further payments.
Medications are provided to patients through the Clinic in four ways:
1. Samples - Sample medications allow HCA patients to save money and are used whenever possible. Our medication room is stocked with donations from drug manufacturing companies and area doctor offices. HCA also receives medical donations from charitable organizations including Direct Relief and the Kansas Drug Repository.
- If sample medications are available, they will be distributed to you before a prescription is filled.
- The samples are dependent on donations and cannot be guaranteed.
- Certain medications are not provided as samples by the drug companies including: generic and over-the-counter medications.
2. Patients on the Patient Assistance Program may occasionally receive samples to avoid waste. The instructions for sample medications may be different than what you are used to, based on what dosages are available. If you have doubt or questions about how to take your medications, please ask Clinic staff before taking the medication.
Patient Assistance Program - A majority of the drug manufacturing companies provide medications to qualifying patients through patient assistance programs.
- Each company requires a form signed by the patient and their provider.
- Applications may be picked up at the Clinic between the hours of 10:00 - 4:00 Monday - Friday.
- Companies can require proof of income, tax forms, and other qualifying information. The requirements and approval of the medication is at the discretion of the drug company and is not a decision of the Clinic.
- This process can take 6 – 8 weeks for the first request.
- Most medications are delivered to the Clinic in your name. In a few instances, they may be delivered to your home.
- Until the medication is received from the drug company, we will attempt to provide samples.
- If we do not have samples, you will be given a prescription. You are welcome to call and check if your patient assistance program medication is in before filling a prescription.
3. Prescriptions - If medications are not available through samples or patient assistance programs, the Nurse Practitioner will provide a prescription.
- Many pharmacies also offer a selection of generic prescriptions at $4.00. In Douglas County, 4 chain pharmacies offer $4/30 days, and usually $10/90 days, pricing on many common generic drugs. This means that for a drug taken twice a day, USUALLY the pharmacy will offer 60 tablets or capsules – a 30-day supply -- for $4. (Note: click store name for link)
4. Diabetic Testing Supplies- Health Care Access Clinic tries to maintain a supply of test strips, lancets, pen needles, and syringes for our diabetic patients. This is contingent upon funding and is not always possible. When available, supplies will be given to patients on a walk-in basis and free of charge.