According to the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), 1 in 12 patients – 29 million people – will utilize a community health center, or federally qualified health center (FQHC) in 2020.
Today, there are approximately 1,400 health centers across the United States, Washington D.C. and its territories, which operate approximately 12,000 sites to provide accessible, affordable, quality health care services to more than 28 million people.
Last week, on September 11, 2019, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded more than $50 million to fund 77 health centers across 23 states, Puerto Rico and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This funding provides operational support for new organizations to become HRSA Health Center Program grantees, and for existing health centers to establish new service delivery sites.
The goal of this funding is to provide healthcare to those in rural and urban areas that may not otherwise receive healthcare. This is in line with the number of patients that are already treated in an FQHC and the expected growth of the FQHC. This funding will increase access to healthcare to more than 400,000 new patients, regardless of their ability to pay.
We’d like to congratulate those who received the grant! Whether or not you are a recipient, we can help you implement practice expansion strategies that will increase your patient base and overall revenue, while reducing your reliance on government funding for operational running costs.