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Focus on Quality Transformation webinar series

Part 1: Medical Legal Partnership 101

Quarterly Claims and Operations Meeting

Part 2: Medical Legal Partnership Funding/Screening

Part 3 Medical Legal Partnership Immigrants and Healthcare

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Program Description

IPHCA offers ongoing community development support to current health center member. IPHCA also provides technical assistance to communities that are looking to expand primary health care access through Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or FQHC Look-Alike. Below, you will find useful community development information to start planning a FQHC or FQHC Look-Alike:


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a FQHC?

Federally qualified health center (FQHC) is public or nonprofit entity receiving grant under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS). In accordance with HRSA Health Center Program Requirement, FQHCs must serve an under-served area or population, offer a sliding fee scale, provide comprehensive services, have an ongoing quality assurance program, and have a governing board of directors. FQHCs qualify for enhanced reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid, as well as other benefits. Learn more about HRSA Health Center Program Requirement.

What is a FQHC Look-Alike?

FQHC Look-Alike is a public or nonprofit entity that meets PHS Section 330 eligibility requirements, but does not receive grant funding. FQHC Look-Alike can enjoy certain benefits including special Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.

How to become a FQHC or FQHC Look-Alike?

Eligible entity can become a FQHC through applying either the New Access Point grants or the Service Area Competition grants. FQHC Look-Alike’s initial designation applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.


Ready to start health center planning? Click here to learn more: General Information for Starting a Health Center

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