Health Care Investing: FQHCS and Accountable Care

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The health care environment continues to change rapidly. Particularly notable is the explosive growth of integrated provider networks, including Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and other arrangements, in which providers are financially responsible for managing the care of a defined patient population. The success of the network model depends on an effective primary care foundation. Accordingly, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are pivotally positioned to for or become a key component of any network. Nonetheless, while the network model opens up opportunities for major reorganization of the health care delivery system, there is no guarantee of success. Sponsored by CohnReznick, this Innovation Circle brought together FQHCs, payers and CDFIs to understand the risks and opportunities presented by the advent of these networks and the new payment methods they utilize.

PCDC wrote a white paper in conjunction with CohnReznick, entitled “Primary Care Innovation: Health Center Investing in the Fast-Moving World of Reform.”