Benefits of Becoming an FQHC

  • Access to federal grants to support costs of uncompensated care  (Not available for FQHC Look-alike organizations)
  • Enhanced revenue due to the Prospective Payment System reimbursement for services to Medicaid, Medicare and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) patients
  • Access to medical malpractice coverage under Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) (Not available for FQHC Look-alike organizations)
  • PHS Drug Pricing Discounts for pharmaceutical products
  • Federal and state grant support and federal loan guarantees for capital improvements
  • Automatic access to Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program, providing free immunizations for uninsured children
  • Access to National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Placements to provide medical, dental, mental health provider staff fulfilling scholarship or loan repayment obligations, and
  •  Access to the NHSC Nurse Corps Nurse Loan Repayment Program

 

The process of becoming an FQHC is complicated yet worthwhile for the significant health care and economic benefits to communities. TACHC can assist communities and organizations going through the process of becoming an FQHC. TACHC provides assistance and consultation in the following areas:

 

  • Organizational development (articles of incorporation, bylaws development, appropriate policies & procedures)
  • Service delivery implementation (staffing planning, recruitment, facility acquisition & preparation, practice management, record systems and procurement)
  • Affiliations and community partnerships
  • Financial and operational analysis (grant requirement compliance and data trend analysis for operational improvement)
  • Grant application assistance
  • Needs assessments
  • Strategic planning

TACHC also can assist communities in exploring FQHC development in a variety of ways:

  • Identify and approach community leaders
  • Identify access and disparity needs and goals
  • Develop strategies for service and facility development
Facilitate information exchange between existing FQHCs and communities exploring the FQHC model