Already a recommended strategy by some state health departments, hospitals that are exploring converting their outpatient departments/clinics in collaboration with FQHC should consider the following potential benefits:
Obviously this is not "right" for everyone and every organization, but with the proper structuring it can be positive for both parties including the hospital. It can also enhance the overall financial viability of the health care system in your particular area.
Consider the following questions as they may apply to your organization:
If your hospital is encountering some or all of the issues above, consider this:
There are alternatives that need to be considered to maintain and increase access for programs that are becoming increasingly Medicaid, uninsured and under-insured many times with limited payments.
There are possibilities of creating a new FQHC, becoming part of an existing FQHC network.
We would be happy to assist you in concept development, feasibility studies, due diligence, Board of Director training and medical staff education. If you are interested in bridging the gap between hospitals and FQHC's, please contact us.
About the FQHCmd Consulting Group
FQHCmd Consulting Group is a nationwide consulting group for FQHC, FQHC Look Alikes, Rural and Community Health Centers.