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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.

PACHC News

Friday, April 05, 2019

Highlights from the NACHC P&I

For those unable to join us in Washington D.C. last week for legislative visits and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Policy & Issues Forum, here is some of what we learned:

  • Legislative support for health centers is bipartisan and high
  • HRSA will have available up to $900 million in no-cost loan guarantees for health centers with capital projects to lower interest rates and necessary collateral
  • HRSA's priorities: rural, substance use disorder, value-based care, oral health, childhood obesity, ending the HIV epidemic, maternal mortality, health workforce and health technology
  • HRSA health center funding: $200 million in new behavioral health integration funding, to include substance use disorder prevention and treatment services (see more under Funding Opportunity section below); $50 million to fund 75 New Access Points (more than 600 applicants); $76 million one-time funding for oral health infrastructure; $100 million in quality improvement funding (EHR submission of UDS data now a prerequisite); and $42 million to support health center controlled network (HCCN) activities
  • Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) 2022 vision: moving from a compliance-oriented grant maker to a primary health care leader; from health centers as independent entities to health centers as interconnected entities; from interventions that address immediate needs to continuous community-oriented, comprehensive care; and from separate data tools to integrated systems that inform decision making
  • BPHC will release its Service Area Request for Information (RFI) on or about April 8 and will seek comment from stakeholders on: reasonable boundaries; service area overlap; factoring in other providers in assessment of need; definition of need; appropriate patient representation as health centers get larger; and other factors
  • BPHC intends to do a nationwide health center staff satisfaction survey

BPHC plans to share some of the slides in upcoming issues of the HRSA Primary Health Care Digest, so stay tuned for more.

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