Federally Qualified Health Centers

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are facilities that are primarily engaged in providing services that are typically furnished in an outpatient clinic and are a critical component of the health care safety net. FQHCs were established in 1990 by section 4161 of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 and were effective beginning on October 1, 1991. 

  1. Benefits
  2. Eligibility
  3. Become an FQHC
  4. Become a Look-a-Like

Benefits of Being an FQHC

There are many benefits of being a FQHC including:

  • 330 Grant funding (up to $650,000 in new start money)
  • Receive reimbursement under the Prospective Payment System (PPS) for service provided under Medicare
  • Receive reimbursement under the Prospective Payment System (PPS) or other State-approved Alternative Payment Methodology (APM) for service provided under Medicaid
  • Medical malpractice coverage for the organization, its employees, and eligible contractors through the Federal Tort Claims Act
  • Eligibility to purchase prescription and non-prescription medications for outpatients at reduced cost through the 340B Drug Pricing Program
  • Access to National Health Service Corps
  • Designated as an Automatic Facility HPSA
  • Access to the Vaccines for Children Program
  • Eligibility for various other federal grants and programs