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Resources by Topic: Federally Qualified Health Centers

Telehealth and Health Centers
Discusses Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and the increased use of telehealth to provide healthcare services in underserved areas. Covers Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement policies and provides federal and state policy recommendations.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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Community Health Centers and Family Planning in an Era of Policy Uncertainty
Report discusses a study assessing community health centers' role in providing access to contraception and family planning services in rural and underserved areas. Details the role of the Title X family planning program and Medicaid in providing access.
Author(s): Susan F. Wood, Julia Strasser, Jessica Sharac, et al.
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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The Health Center Program Is Increasing Access to Care Through Telehealth
Provides a snapshot showing how community health centers utilize telehealth to expand access to quality healthcare. Includes data comparing how rural and urban health centers use telehealth to provide different types of healthcare services.
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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Trends in the Provision of Oral Health Services by Federally Qualified Health Centers
Summarizes trends in recent years and factors that predict likelihood of an FQHC providing general or specialty oral health services. Features statistics including breakdowns by percentage of population living in rural areas.
Author(s): Simona Surdu, Margaret Langelier
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Workforce Studies
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Review of the 340B Drug Pricing Program
Provides extensive background information about the 340B Program, explains the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) oversight functions, and details requirements for the various covered entities, including rural hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Also makes recommendations for clarifying the 340B Program's scope and ensuring program integrity is maintained.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: House Energy and Commerce Committee
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Health Center-Based Medical-Legal Partnerships: Where They Are, How They Work, and How They Are Funded
Describes the recent, rapid expansion of medical-legal partnerships (MLPs) among America's health centers. Highlights programs in four states - Colorado, Oregon, Indiana, and California - and explains how MLPs operate, how they are financed, and how state primary care associations are supporting them. Briefly describes the reasons MLPs are more prevalent in urban areas than in rural areas.
Author(s): Alanna Williamson, Jennifer Trott, Marsha Regenstein
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership
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Access to Care: Populations in Counties with No FQHC, RHC, or Acute Care Hospital
Findings brief focusing on the 3 main facility types providing primary care in rural areas and examining how many people will likely have limited access to primary care based on their locations. Includes statistics on numbers of people living in counties without these facilities, with breakdowns by 9 census divisions.
Author(s): Meagan Clawar, Randy Randolph, Kristie Thompson, George H. Pink
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Medicare Benefit Policy Manual: Chapter 13 - Rural Health Clinic (RHC) and Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Services
Current regulations, as of January 9, 2018, regarding Medicare payment policies for Rural Health Clinics (RHC) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC).
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Modernizing Rural Health Clinic Provisions
Reviews Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) statutory authorization and current regulations to identify areas for improvement to meet the current and future healthcare needs. Includes recommendations regarding payment options, program support, services offered, workforce issues, and law requirements.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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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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