Category: Health Center Regulatory Issues

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340B Spotlight: How 340B Savings Supports Innovation at Carolina Health Center

Without 340B savings, the health center’s many services that expand access to care — like free prescription deliveries — would be in jeopardy of being rolled back or discontinued.

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Defending the 340B Program from Every Direction

The 340B Drug Pricing Program has weathered attacks from different health care actors for years. Just months after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturers launched attacks by refusing to sell 340B-priced drugs to health centers that use contract pharmacies to increase patient access. This combination of manufacturer restrictions, alongside existing discriminatory contracting actions taken …

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Expanding Oral Health Care with Dental Therapists

With more than 61 million people living in areas of the United States designated as Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (Dental HPSAs), it’s important to shine a light on an emerging dental care team provider that is helping community health centers expand access to dental care, the dental therapist. Oral Health in America (NIH 2021) provided …

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Eviction Moratorium Set to Expire

The surge of the Delta variant of COVID-19 could not come at a worse time. A federal moratorium on evictions that’s been in place as a public health measure expires this weekend (July 31)  renewing concerns about how to keep people safe in their homes and out of crowded or congregate settings that could facilitate …

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Looking Back to Move Forward: Understanding the Underlying Authorities to Help FQHCs Survive the COVID-19 Crisis

Guest Post by Susannah Vance Gopalan, Esq., Partner at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP in Washington, DC with editorial contributions from Bethany Hamilton, Esq. of NACHC State Affairs Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) have experienced rapid declines in patient encounters and revenues since the onset of the pandemic, being forced to lay off employees or …

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Reimagining Oral Health Care in Health Centers Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic

Don Weaver, MD, Senior Advisor for Clinical Workforce, NACHC, co-authored the following blog post. The 2000 Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health in America reminded the nation that “oral health is a critical component of health and must be included in the provision of health care and design of community programs.”   This critical report …

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Leveraging Medicaid Administrative Claiming for Health Centers

Guest post contributed by Lisa Chan-Sawin, MHA, and Gretchen Schroeder, MPH, Transform Health Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, critical safety net providers such as Community Health Centers are experiencing significant drops in patient revenue as a result of stay-at-home orders across the nation. During this global public health crisis it is critical to explore innovative …

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Telehealth, COVID-19 & Health Centers

CMS Announces Guidance for FQHCS on CARES Distant Site Provision (Updated April 17, 2020) Today the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid announced its guidance allowing Community Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics (RACs) to receive enhanced Medicare reimbursement for telehealth services, per the provision in the CARES Act.  Retroactive to January 27, 2020 and continuing …