These surveys look at quality in federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), also known as community health centers, which provide comprehensive primary care, behavioral health services, and dental care to all patients regardless of their ability to pay or health insurance status.
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Community health centers in states that have expanded eligibility for Medicaid are more financially stable, more able to provide behavioral health care and social services, and more likely to reward good-quality care through innovative payment policies, compared to community health centers in states that have not expanded Medicaid, a new Commonwealth Fund report finds.
Use of electronic health records increased 133 percent in federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) between 2009 and 2013, according to a new Commonwealth Fund survey of health center leaders.
<p>This survey of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), which are community-based health centers that provide comprehensive primary care and behavioral and mental health services to patients regardless of ability to pay, identified methods for strengthening FQHCs' ability to provide care. </p>
Health IT adoption has also grown substantially for major providers of care in poor and underserved communities, according to the The Commonwealth Fund's two national surveys of federally qualified health centers.
Community health centers that are closely affiliated with hospitals have fewer difficulties getting their patients appointments for specialty procedures like X-rays, diagnostic tests, and visits with specialist physicians, according to this Commonwealth Fund survey of community health centers.