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Community Health Centers: Program Requirements, Services and Financing. FQHC Program Requirements. Located in or serve a high need community (designated Medically Underserved Area or Population).

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Fqhc program requirements
FQHC Program Requirements Financing

  • Located in or serve a high need community (designated Medically Underserved Area or Population).

  • Governed by a community board composed of a majority (51% or more) of health center patients who represent the population served.

  • Providecomprehensive primary health care services as well as supportive services (education, translation and transportation, etc.) that promote access to health care.

  • Provide services available to all with fees adjusted based on ability to pay.

  • Meet otherperformance and accountability requirements regarding administrative, clinical, and financial operations.

    Source: Bureau of Primary Health Care/Health Resources and Services Administration www.bphc.hrsa.gov


Types of health centers
Types of Health Centers Financing

  • Grant-Supported Federally Qualified Health Centers are public and private non-profit health care organizations that meet certain criteria under the Medicare and Medicaid Programs (respectively, Sections 1861(aa)(4) and 1905(l)(2)(B) of the Social Security Act and receive funds under the Health Center Program (Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act).

    • Community Health Centers serve a variety of underserved populations and areas.

    • Migrant Health Centers serve migrant and seasonal agricultural workers

    • Healthcare for the Homeless Programs reach out to homeless individuals and families and provide primary care and substance abuse services.

    • Public Housing Primary Care Programs serve residents of public housing and are located in or adjacent to the communities they serve.

  • Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alikes are health centers that have been identified by HRSA and certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as meeting the definition of “health center” under Section 330 of the PHS Act, although they do not receive grant funding under Section 330.

  • Outpatient health programs/facilities operated by tribal organizations (under the Indian Self-Determination Act, P.L. 96-638) or urban Indian organizations (under the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, P.L. 94-437).

    Source: Bureau of Primary Health Care/Health Resources and Services Administration www.bphc.hrsa.gov


Services offered by health centers
Services Offered by Health Centers Financing

  • Primary Medical Care

  • Preventive Health Care

  • Prenatal, Perinatal, & Newborn Care

  • Gynecological Care

  • HIV Care

  • Hearing/Vision Screening

  • Oral Health

  • Mental Health

  • Substance Abuse

  • Pharmacy

  • X-Rays and Lab

  • Specialty Medical Care

  • Enabling Services


Enabling services
Enabling Services Financing

  • Case Management

  • Environmental Health Risk Reduction

  • Health Education

  • Interpretation/Translation Services

  • Outreach

  • Child Care (during visits)

  • Housing Assistance

  • Transportation

  • Home Visiting

  • Parenting Education

  • Employment referral & counseling

  • Testing for Blood Lead Levels

  • Food bank/meal delivery


Health center patients by insurance status 2010
Health Center Patients By Insurance Status, 2010 Financing

Note: Other Public may include non-Medicaid SCHIP. Percents may not total 100% due to rounding.

Source: Bureau of Primary Health Care, HRSA, DHHS, 2010 Uniform Data System


Health center patients by payer source 2015
Health Center Patients by Payer Source, 2015 Financing

Sources: NACHC estimates.


Health center revenue 2010
Health Center Revenue, 2010 Financing

Source: Federally-funded health centers only. 2010 Uniform Data System, Bureau of Primary Health Care, HRSA, DHHS.


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