Assessing Legal Barriers to Clinical Integration Experienced by Health Centers and Public and Private Community Hospitals

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The integration of federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) with each other and with public and private community hospitals has the potential to improve the quality and efficiency of health care provided to low-income populations. However, the legislative framework guiding the structure and financing of these organizations presents some barriers to integration. This project will: 1) analyze how the laws regulating FQHCs and safety-net hospitals might impede health center integration; and 2) highlight examples of successfully integrated safety-net providers and document how they were able to overcome legal barriers. The findings will be targeted to members of FQHC and hospital boards and to policymakers.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
The George Washington University
Principal Investigator:
Sara Rosenbaum, J.D.
Award Amount:
$137,309.00
Approval Date:
July 1, 2010

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