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Resources by Topic: Federally Qualified Health Centers

Medicaid Payment Policy for Federally Qualified Health Centers
Describes the role of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in Medicaid, and highlights current policy issues related to Medicaid FQHC payment. Also discusses the Medicaid FQHC prospective payment system (PPS), alternative payment methodologies, how FQHCs participate in managed care networks, and states' desire for increased flexibility in setting FQHC payment rates.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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Puerto Rico’s Community Health Centers: Struggling to Recover in the Wake of Hurricane Maria
Highlights the importance of Puerto Rico's 86 mostly rural federally funded health centers, and details the challenges they face as they recover from Hurricane Maria. Also provides demographic and health status/coverage information for Puerto Rico's health center patient base.
Author(s): Peter Shin, Jessica Sharac, Rachel Gunsalus, Brad Leifer, Sara Rosenbaum
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: George Washington University Department of Health Policy and Management, RCHN Community Health Foundation
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America's Health Centers
Fact sheet providing basic information about Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in rural and urban areas. Presented in question and answer format.
Additional links: Fact Sheet Source List
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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State of Georgia Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)
Map identifies the location of Federally Qualified Health Centers by county in Georgia.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Georgia State Office of Rural Health
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Innovations in Rural Health System Development: Federally Qualified Health Center Initiatives
Details a report on Maine's Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Discusses strategies for workforce recruitment and retention, serving a high-need patient population, addressing critical community needs, and providing services that address the social determinants of health. Provides various examples of programs from across the state.
Author(s): Sara Kahn-Troster, Amanda Burgess, Andrew Coburn
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Maine Health Access Foundation, Muskie School of Public Service Institute for Health Policy
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Using Practice Facilitation to Increase Rates of Colorectal Cancer Screening in Community Health Centers, North Carolina, 2012–2013: Feasibility, Facilitators, and Barriers
Pilot study exploring practice facilitation in 3 Federally Qualified Health Centers as a way to promote universal colorectal cancer screening. Features statistics on clinic staffing, number of patients and average age, and number and duration of visits, with breakdowns by rural or urban location.
Author(s): Bryan J. Weiner, Catherine L. Rohweder, Jennifer E. Scott, et al.
Location: Preventing Chronic Disease, 14
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
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Improving Rural Oral Health: Six States’ Response to the United States Department of Health and Human Services Oral Health Strategic Framework
Findings brief describing how Colorado, Iowa, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina have responded to the Department of Health and Human Services' 2014-2017 goals for advancing oral health in America, with emphasis on programs available to children. Features statistics including number of dental insurance companies, number of public health dental clinics or Federally Qualified Health Centers providing oral health services, and number of full-time and part-time dentists and dental hygienists at these facilities in each of the six states.
Author(s): Amy B. Martin, Janice C. Probst, Karen M. Jones
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
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How Western Kentucky Leveraged Medicaid Expansion to Increase Access to Health Care
Describes improvements in healthcare access and quality in Paducah and nearby counties from 2011-2014, when almost 500,000 people were added to the Medicaid rolls. Includes demographic statistics, difference in health system rank from 2012 to 2016, and map showing locations of 9 clinics that have opened or expanded during that time.
Author(s): Sarah Klein, Martha Hostetter, Douglas McCarthy
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Oklahoma Areas Within A 30 Minute Drive Time of a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)
Map of Oklahoma showing areas that are within a 30 minute driving distance of an FQHC.
Date: 06/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Oklahoma Office of Primary Care and Rural Health Development
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Advancing Payment Innovation within Federally Qualified Health Centers: Lessons from California
Provides an overview of the California Department of Health Care Services' proposed FQHC alternative payment methodology (APM), details the APM's development process, and shares key lessons learned to date. The pilot project involves several rural health centers, and aims to give FQHCs more effective incentives to achieve the healthcare Triple Aim - better care, better health, and lower costs.
Author(s): Greg Howe, Kathy Moses, Tricia McGinnis
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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