Use Your Board Meeting Minutes to Reflect Compliance with Health Center Program Requirements for Board Authority

Health Centers are required to have a board with at least nine and no more than 25 members with a patient majority of at least 51 percent. Health Center Program RequirementsThe patient members must be a reasonable representation of the people who seek and receive health services at the clinic in terms of the demographic attributes identified in the health center’s Uniform Data System (UDS) reporting. Non-patient board members must be representative of the community in which the health center is located; this can be met with individuals who live, work or have some other type of identifiable connection to the community.

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Board-Approved Policies Needed to Demonstrate Health Center Program Compliance

Board members of Health Center Program participants play a big role in the success of the health center by providing leadership and Health Center Programoversight to ensure that underserved community members have access to health care services. Challenges and opportunities are addressed while meeting the HRSA health center program requirements for health centers. One of the ways that board members meet HRSA requirements is by approving board policies that demonstrate compliance with the health center program.

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Get a Jump Start on the Needs Assessment for your SAC or OSV

In order to receive (and maintain) grant money as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), community healthneeds assessment centers (CHC) must meet 19 Program Requirements. PR #1 requires health centers to document an assessment of the needs of the target population. For health organizations considering becoming an FQHC or FQHC Look-alike, one of the first steps is completing a needs assessment. Unlike the community health assessments frequently done by local hospitals and public health jurisdictions, a health center needs assessment must address a specific set of questions. These same questions are addressed in the Service Area Competition (SAC) and New Access Point (NAP) grants.

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Get your Community Health Center Ready for your next Big Federal Grant or Operational Site Visit

There is a list of 19 Health Center Program Requirements (PRs) that a community health center (CHC) must

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meet during an Operational Site Visit (OSV). The purpose of an OSV is to verify compliance with the requirements. Two of the requirements that cause trouble for many health centers is PR #2 Required & Additional Services and PR #16 Scope of Project both of which involve services you provide through contract or formal written referral agreements.  Annually you should schedule a time to look over and update your contracts to ensure that they meet program requirements.

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Staying on Top of HRSA Program Requirements – Don’t Wait for the Operational Site Visit

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Health center program grantees and health center look-alikes are supposed to receive routine operational site visits HRSA program requirements(OSVs) conducted by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) every three years. The main purpose of the OSV is to verify the status of each health center program participant’s compliance with the 19 Health Center Program Requirements (PRs).

Most health centers delay preparing for the site visit until they receive a notice about a pending OSV, putting them at risk for findings of noncompliance which can threaten their funding. Why not make 2017 the year you get proactive about program compliance and build a work plan for your board that ensures your ability to demonstrate compliance?

The calendar below provides a road map for demonstrating program compliance. In addition to complying with all 19 PRs, documenting these activities in your board meeting minutes is a fail safe way to demonstrate compliance with “PR #17 Board Authority”.

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Is my Health Center Eligible for a FQHC New Access Point Grant?

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Many hospital administrators and medical facility executives devote countless hours sorting through grant opportunities. FQHC New Access Point GrantSome opportunities are worth pursuing – such as the FQHC New Access Point grant – while others might not be the right fit.

Who can apply for Access Point Funding and how do I know if I should apply for a FQHC New Access Point Grant?

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How to Make HRSA Grants Work for You

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In order to ensure that each patient gets the best medical services, clinics have to stay competitive with the latest hrsa grantsmedical equipment and products; all of these requirements take a lot of resources. The clinic’s success and the well- being of their patients and the community they serve, is dependent upon the stability of their finances. For this reason, clinics should consider HRSA grants funding.

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Top Tips: Writing a Federal Grant for a Community Health Center

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There is plenty to know when you take on a project such as writing a Federal Government grant for a community community health centerhealth center. Looking for information can be overwhelming and many of the sources that are available for federal grant writing almost seem to be written in a foreign language!

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