The Opportunity Zones incentive is a new community investment tool to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide. Nightingale is accelerating the health care industry’s ability to deploy underfunded SDOH benefits by leveraging the innovative financing mechanisms of Opportunity Zones, to catalyze a new marketplace of social service providers. Joining us today is the Founder of Nightingale Partners, John Gorman, to talk about one solution that is good for society, good for patients, and good for business.

Highlights from Using Opportunity Zones to Drive Substantial Investment in SDOH

I like to say, social determinants of health are just four fancy words for poverty.

We hacked a Republican billionaire tax shelter to try to improve healthcare for black and brown people in inner cities.

You can never get to compliant patients who are participating in population health activities unless their basic needs get met.

  • Breaking down silos to sign patients up for all available social services.
  • The Community Health Worker is the linchpin of any successful social determinant intervention.
  • Designing a management services organization to facilitate rent and utility subsidies for thousands of people.
  • Cultural competency and the “execution risk” for new interventions.
  • Case Study: Adult Daycare Centers in Puerto Rico

They’re dropping $21 million on some big slick analytics package and I was like, ” What is that actually going to do for you if you can’t stand up an intervention the right way?” That’s like putting the greatest scope in the world on a really rusty rifle. If you give me $21 million worth of social workers, I’ll change the world.

John Gorman, Founder

John is the Founder and former Executive Chairman of Gorman Health Group, at the time the industry’s leading consulting practice which spawned almost a dozen entrepreneurial ventures in government health programs. John’s work focuses on Medicare, Medicaid, and Affordable Care Act strategy, governance, and turnaround of distressed health plans. Prior to founding the firm, John served as Assistant to the Director of Health Care Financing Administration’s (HCFA, now CMS) Office of Managed Care, where he provided day-to-day management and served as the external liaison for the Medicare and Medicaid managed care programs. During the 1993 debate on national health care reform, John was chief lobbyist on health care financing issues for the National Association of Community Health Centers, an organization of federally-funded primary care clinics for the medically underserved. John’s career in Washington began as Press Secretary and Staff Director for U.S. Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), then Chairman of the Government Operations Committee. John serves on the Board of Directors of Henry Ford Health System’s Health Alliance Plan in his birthplace of Detroit, MI, and serves as a Senior Advisor to Premier, Inc., the hospital purchasing cooperative, on Medicare Advantage and Medicaid matters.

Nightingale Partners LLC 

Nightingale Partners LLC is a Qualified Opportunity Zone (OZ) fund and advisory firm that identifies, collaborates and invests in market-ready health care initiatives in OZs nationwide. NP focuses on designing evidence-based, targeted, non-clinical interventions addressing Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) for Medicaid and Medicare enrollees through creative partnerships with High-Net Worth Individuals, Institutional Investors, Government Agencies and Strategic Health Plans/Providers.

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