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Overview of Federally Qualified Health Centers Presented By: Doreen Bradshaw, Executive Director Shasta Consortium of Community Health Centers. Non-profit or public health care organization Serves predominantly uninsured or medically underserved

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What is a federally qualified health center fqhc

Overview of Federally Qualified Health Centers Presented By:Doreen Bradshaw, Executive DirectorShasta Consortium of Community Health Centers


What is a federally qualified health center fqhc

Non-profit or public health care organization

Serves predominantly uninsured or medically underserved

Located in or serving a Federally designated Medically Underserved Area/Population (MUA or MUP)

Operates under a consumer Board of Directors governance structure

What is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)?


What is a federally qualified health center fqhc1

Provides comprehensive primary health, oral and mental health/substance abuse services in all stages of the life cycle

Provides services to all persons regardless of ability to pay

Charges for services on a Board approved sliding-fee scale

What is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)?


Fqhc status community benefits

The community directs services

The center will be a medical home so non-emergent cases in hospital rooms are reduced

Economic impact of bringing more jobs and potential for future federal investment

Reduction in the number of uninsured due to FQHC assistance with Medi-Cal and Healthy Families enrollment

Referral arrangements for for FQHC patients provides better access to other health providers.

FQHC StatusCommunity Benefits


Fqhc status community health center benefits

Access to federal grants to support costs of uncompensated care

Enhanced revenue due to the Prospective Payment System reimbursement for services for Medicaid and Medicare patients

Access to medical malpractice coverage under Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA)

PHS Drug Pricing Discounts for pharmaceutical products

Federal and state grant support and federal loan guarantees for capital improvements.

FQHC StatusCommunity Health Center Benefits


Fqhc status community health center benefits1

Reimbursement by Medicare for “first dollar” of services because deductible is waived if FQHC is providing services

Improvement of general public health because of access to Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program (for uninsured children)

Access to National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Placements to provide medical dental and mental health provider staff.

FQHC StatusCommunity Health Center Benefits


Who do federally qualified health centers serve

Nationally, community health centers are medical homes to 15 million people annually

Half of health center patients reside in rural areas

70% have incomes below 200% of FPL

40% of health center patients are uninsured

36% depend on Medicaid

Who Do Federally Qualified Health Centers Serve?


Our nation s health centers

Office of Management and budget rank the health center program as #1 for cost efficiency and effectiveness out of 15,000 Health and Human Service programs.

The community health centers represent the largest health care system in the nation-serving over 50 million individuals.

Independent studies show services provided in community health centers provide a savings of 30% to 60% over private health sector settings.

Our Nation’s Health Centers


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