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Wednesday April 16th 2014



Health Reform Benchmarks Linked to FQHCs

Healthcare DoctorFederally qualified health centers (FQHCs) already have shown some of the results pursued by the Affordable Care Act, according to a study released this week by the California Primary Care Association. The CPCA commissioned researchers to compare high-cost factors, such as hospital stays and emergency department use, as well as total cost of care, between FQHCs and non-FQHCs in California. Some of the findings from the study showed that FQHC’s had roughly 5% lower 30-day hospital readmission rates, 25% fewer hospital inpatient bed days, and the rate of multi-day admissions was significantly lower, about 64% lower than non-FQHCs. Studies have been done across the country with similar results,  confirming what’s been said for years, that providing all the care in one place [as FQHCs do] helps drive down overall costs of care to the system according to a recent report at California Healthline.