Sharing Specialty Services: A Business Guide and Toolkit for Community Clinics


Sharing Specialty Services: A Business Guide and Toolkit for Community Clinics


This business planning guide is designed to assist community clinics and health centers (CCHCs) and clinic consortia as they consider developing networks to share specialty services. The guide walks the reader through the relevant planning questions and assists in evaluating and implementing each step. At the guide’s core is a series of examples, worksheets, checklists, and sample documents that provide practical information to support the planning process. It is designed to be of use both to CCHCs and consortia considering these issues for the first time, as well as to more experienced organizations seeking to refine their approaches. The guide is designed for use by California CCHCs in particular, though clinics and networks in other settings and other states will find the tools helpful.

This guide provides a variety of tools, including:

  • A template for a specialty care access survey
  • A financial feasibility workbook with instructions and examples
  • Checklists for recruiting and retaining specialist physicians
  • A checklist for working with volunteer physicians
  • Checklists for scheduling policies and creating access to ancillary services
  • Examples and sample documents from other clinics and consortia
  • Checklists for legal considerations and evaluation of specialty services


Pacific Health Consulting Group

Funding Sources:

California Healthcare Foundation


Release Date: 2009
Original Summary: June 2013
Last Updated: 07/17/13

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