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News by Topic: Federally Qualified Health Centers

May 8, 2019 - Describes the Rural Access to Hospice Act, which was introduced by Representative Ron Kind and would allow Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to bill Medicare for hospice services.
Source: Office of Representative Ron Kind
May 7, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is requesting information on health center service area considerations to inform Health Center Program expansion. Feedback will be accepted beginning Wednesday, May 8, and is due July 8, 2019.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
Apr 19, 2019 - Announces the National Rural Health Association's (NRHA) Journal of Rural Health 2018 Article of the Year, Developing Telemental Health Partnerships Between State Medical Schools and Federally Qualified Health Centers: Navigating the Regulatory Landscape and Policy Recommendations. Article offers insight and recommendations for starting telemental health (TMH) partnerships between state medical schools and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and addresses existing barriers to TMH partnership development.
Source: Rural Health Voices
Apr 10, 2019 - Washington's new Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is focused on recruiting students from rural and underserved areas and training them in community health centers to meet their state needs.
Source: HeraldNet
Apr 8, 2019 - Announcement from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of a 30-day preview period for the review of the Health Center Program Service Area Considerations Request for Information (RFI). After the preview period, a 60-day comment period will begin to obtain information on service area considerations to inform HRSA decisions about the expansion of services through the addition of new delivery sites to existing health centers. Instructions on how to submit feedback will be available after the preview period.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
Apr 1, 2019 - Interviews officials and healthcare providers from Medicaid expansion states about the impact of expansion on the healthcare system. Includes discussion on rural hospital finances and a story from a rural community health center.
Source: North Carolina Health News
Mar 29, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces the availability of $200 million in supplemental funding for Community Health Center (CHC) program grantees to provide Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS). The grants are intended to increase access to behavioral health services, including treatment of opioid use disorder.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
Mar 25, 2019 - The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) released a grant opportunity for networks of rural hospitals, FQHCs, home visiting programs, and state Medicaid programs intended to improve maternal obstetrics care access and continuity in rural areas. The funding will test models in 4 areas: rural obstetric service aggregation, telehealth and specialty care, financial sustainability, and a network approach to coordinating care.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
Mar 21, 2019 - Research released today identifies how the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program could save $1.8 billion in Medicare and Medicaid spending, as residents trained in lower-spending areas average lower spending per patient once they begin practice. The THCGME program trains physicians and dentists at community health centers in rural and underserved areas, encouraging them to work in these areas and practice in primary care.
Source: GW Health Policy & Management Matters