Trends in FQHC Oral Health Care

Trends in FQHC Oral Health Care

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
TARGET Center

Approximately 4.8 million lower income Americans received oral health services from federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in 2014, a 40% increase over the prior 5 years, according to a HRSA-funded report, Trends in the Provision of Oral Health Services by Federally Qualified Health Centers. The increase is attributable to Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion and HRSA funding to expand oral health care at FQHCs. FQHCs are safety net health care agencies funded by HHS/HRSA under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act.

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According to the report, prepared by the HRSA-funded Oral Health Workforce Research Center, FQHC oral health services are provided under various arrangements (e.g., directly, through referral arrangements) that are dictated by factors like workforce policies and reimbursement options. FQHCs in all regions except the South expanded direct delivery of oral health services during the 5-year study period. 

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