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Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers serves as the collective voice for Pennsylvania's Federally Qualified Health Centers (FHQCs), FQHC Look-Alikes (FQHCLAs), and non-profit Rural Health Clinics (RHCs).  Our members are unique nonprofit primary care facilities that provide a wide array of services to Pennsylvanians in underserved areas of the state. There are nearly 300 sites in 52 counties serving over 800,000 Pennsylvanians.  At these primary care facilities, patients will receive high quality care at a price they can afford with sliding fees based on income and family size.


Friday, September 28, 2018

BPHC All-Programs Call Highlights

This week, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) hosted an all-program call.  Here is some of the information shared:

  • Expansion Funding. BPHC has not yet decided for certain whether there will be New Access Point (NAP) or expanded services funding opportunities, but there will likely be $100 million available for investment in new sites or services
  • Opioid Crisis Response. There will be additional substance use disorder-mental health (SUD-MH) funding, although a determination has not yet been made whether it will be ongoing or one-time
  • Compliance Manual Changes. There is a document on HRSA's health center program requirements webpage that highlights every change to the manual; there is no training planned on the changes because the substantive changes are few and questions may be submitted through the BPHC Helpline (soon to have a name and phone # change)
  • SAC Process Changes. Service area competition (SAC) applications are now reviewed by someone other than the health center's designated project officer to improve objectivity; it is important in your SAC application to respond to all asterisked, underlined sections as those are the compliance elements that will be reviewed through the SAC process; if a health center is the only SAC applicant for their service area and the reviewer needs additional information to evaluate compliance, a message will be sent through the EHB indicating which program requirement additional information is needed for and giving 14 days to provide it; if there is a competing application, there will be no opportunity to submit clarifying information; BPHC is still evaluating this process and what information can be provided to the health center applicant while maintaining an objective review; at the current time, BPHC is very limited in what it can share; this 14-day opportunity to offer additional information is an extra opportunity health centers have not had in the past; failure to provide clarification necessary to ascertain compliance will result in a one-year project period and new SAC in a year

Missed the call? Review the slides and listen to a recording here.


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