What is a Federally Qualified Community Health Center (FQHC)?
SEMO Health Network is proud to be your Federally Qualified Community Health Center. A Community Health Center is just that, a health center based in the community. The FQHC is a federal designation from the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that is assigned to non-profit or public health care organizations that serve insured patients, uninsured patients, private pay patients or medically underserved populations.
FQHCs are specifically located in an area that is designated as a Medically Underserved Area/Population (MUA or MUP). FQHCs provide their services to all persons regardless of ability to pay, and charge for services on a Board approved sliding-fee scale that is based on patients’ family income and size.
Because they receive funds from the Federal government, all FQHCs must operate under a consumer Board of Directors governance structure, and provide comprehensive primary health, oral, and mental health/substance abuse services to persons in all stages of the life cycle. FQHCs must comply with Section 330 program expectations/requirements and all applicable federal and state regulations.