Becoming an FQHC
FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center also known as community health center) is a federal designation from the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that is assigned to private-nonprofit or public health care organizations that serve predominantly uninsured or medically underserved populations.
FQHCs differ from other health care providers by having the following characteristics:
- Provide comprehensive primary health, oral, behavioral health and substance abuse services to persons in all ages of the life cycle
- Located in or serving a federally designated Medically Underserved Area (MUA) or a federally designated Medically Underserved Population (MUP)
- Operate under a consumer Board of Directors governance structure
- Offer their services to all persons regardless of ability to pay, and charge uninsured and underinsured patients for services on a Board-approved sliding-fee scale that is based on patients' family income and size
- Comply with HRSA program expectations/requirements as defined in U.S. Public Health Services Act (http://bphc.hrsa.gov/programrequirements/index.html) and all applicable federal and state regulations