Federally Qualified Healthcare Center (FQHC)

What is an FQHC?

                       Sharon Buttress, MD

An FQHC is a nonprofit or public community health center that fulfills certain health service criteria and receives specific government reimbursements and
funding under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS).

What Do FQHC's Do?

There are many things that Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers do. Here is a list of services that FQHC's must offer and requirements they must meet...

  • Qualify for funding under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS).
  • Qualify for enhanced reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid, as well as other benefits
  • Serve an under-served area or population
  • Offer a sliding fee payment scale
  • Provide comprehensive services (either on-site or by arrangement with another provider) including:
    • Preventive health services
    • Dental services
    • Mental health and substance abuse services
    • Transportation services necessary for adequate patient care
    • Hospital and specialty care
  • Have an ongoing quality assurance program
  • Have a governing board of directors

Why are FQHC's important?

To put it simply, FQHC's level the playing field and make receiving health care services accessible to everyone.  Regardless of anyone's inability to pay, FQHC's are here to provide care to those in need.

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