As of July 1, 2020, the eight 17th Street clinics have become part of this new organization, Valley Health Partners Community Health Center (VHP), with the intention of becoming designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) “Look-Alike” early next year. An FQHC Look-Alike receives enhanced federal reimbursement to expand core services such as comprehensive primary care, dental and mental health/substance abuse in addition to enabling services which include interpretation, transportation to appointments, and health education.
What is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Look-alike?
A Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Look-Alike is a community health center that provides comprehensive primary care and other services such as interpretation, transportation and health education for the community population. An FQHC Look-Alike does not turn patients away based on their ability to pay and removes financial barriers for receiving care. FQHC Look-Alikes receive enhanced reimbursement from Medicaid and Medicare to provide whole-person care, creating opportunities for the health center to look beyond medical care and focus on social determinants of health that could be some of the underlying causes of poor health.