Why are FQHC Look-alikes Required to Obtain 501(c)(3) Status?

In order for a Community Health Center to become a FQHC Look-alike, the organization must first apply for and be501(c)(3) status designated  nonprofit  501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This is not a requirement of the Bureau of Primary Health Care; it is a Medicare requirement.  In order to complete an application for Medicare reimbursements, Medicare mandates all nonprofit organizations show proof of 501(c)(3) status.

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Timeline to Become a FQHC Look-Alike

A FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) Look-alike is a health center that meets all Health Center Program FQHC Look-Alikerequirements and is part of the Health Center Program but does not receive federal award funding. Having Look-alike status does provide several important benefits, however, including access to FQHC Prospective Payment System reimbursement methodologies for services provided to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and discounts on pharmaceutical drugs through the 340B Federal Drug Pricing Program.

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With Federal Funding Uncertainty Consider Becoming a FQHC Look-Alike

Federal grants to support new health centers have been available every other year since President George W. Bush FQHC Look-Alikeset a goal to create 10,000 new health centers in 2005. The Obama Administration continued funding “New Access Points” with stimulus funds and the Affordable Care Act. With uncertainty around federal funding priorities under the Trump Administration, your clinic might want to consider becoming a community health center under the Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Look-alike program.

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