Health care organizations serving the underserved can include Community Health Centers (FQHCs), FQHC look-alikes, Rural Health Clinics and other like-mission providers such as critical access hospitals.
• RURAL HEALTH CLINICS (RHC) is a rural primary care practice, for-profit or not-for-profit, public or
private, that has met required criteria to qualify for certification under Medicare and Medicaid. RHCs must be located in federally designated health professional shortage areas and are required to be staffed by a team that includes one mid-level provider, such as a nurse practitioner (NP), physician assistant (PA), or certified nurse midwife (CNM), that must be on-site to see patients at least 50 percent of the time the clinic is open, and a physician to supervise the mid-level practitioner in a manner consistent with state and federal law. RHCs are required to provide outpatient primary care services and basic laboratory services.
• CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITALS (CAH) are smaller hospitals certified to receive cost-based reimbursement from Medicare. They offer 24-hour, 7-day-a-week emergency care, are located in rural areas and are limited in number of inpatient beds and length of stay. This allows CAHs to focus on providing care for common conditions and outpatient care, while referring other conditions to larger hospitals.
• COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Look-Alikes are community-based, patient-directed organizations that serve medically underserved communities and vulnerable populations. FQHCs provide quality primary medical, dental and behavioral health and are open to all.
The Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC) represents and supports the largest network of primary health care providers in the Commonwealth. PACHC’s network of health centers includes Community Health Centers (FQHCs), FQHC look-alikes, Rural Health Clinics and other like-mission providers serving more than 700,000 people at more than 250 sites in underserved areas throughout the Commonwealth.
If you want to work where you are needed, serving the underserved offers you that chance.