Don’t Fall for Scare Tactics: a FQHC Does Not Require Extra Needs Assessment

Like many types of businesses, there are consultants and companies who offer services to health centers. Some consultants may try to FQHCconvince health centers that they need an extra needs assessment: don’t fall for their scare tactics! The needs assessment that a FQHC completes for a Service Area Competition (SAC), New Access Point (NAP), Look-alike Designation, or Look-alike Recertification must meet the compliance requirements for a health center but the basic requirements under the new compliance guide are not new. As always, the needs assessment should assess the need for health services in the service area you intend to serve. The rest of your application must show how your health center’s services meet the health care needs of the population served or proposed to be served.

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