New Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike Designated in Michigan

Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) congratulates Oakland Integrated Health Network on receiving Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Look-Alike status from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Oakland Integrated Health Network (OIHN), a nonprofit organization established by Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority, serves approximately 6,468 patients in Oakland County at four sites in Pontiac and Waterford, Michigan. Using an integrated health care approach, OIHN coordinates primary care, behavioral health, and dental services for its patients to ensure they receive the care they need, in the most appropriate setting.

An FQHC Look-Alike is a community-based Health Center that has been certified by CMS based on recommendations of the Health Resources and Services Administration/Bureau of Primary Health Care as meeting all Health Center Program requirements. This certification makes FQHC Look-Alikes eligible for fair reimbursement through Medicaid and Medicare, participation in the 340B federal drug pricing program, and assists in recruiting and retaining providers through the National Health Service Corps and the State Loan Repayment Program. Having these resources will enable OIHN to provide care to even more people in need.

Currently there are 35 Health Center organizations in Michigan, including 30 Health Center Program grantees, three FQHC Look-Alikes, and two organizations which are both a Health Center Program grantee and an FQHC Look-Alike. These Health Centers provide quality, comprehensive, affordable primary and preventive care to more than 600,000 Michigan residents at over 200 delivery sites across the state. Their doors are open to all, regardless of insurance status or income level, and their services range from medical care, to dental care, to behavioral health care, to pharmacy services, and beyond.

“Health Centers are a key strategic tool in assuring that underserved areas and populations have access to health care where they need it, when they need it, and at a price they can afford,” said Kim Sibilsky, Executive Director, MPCA. “Health Centers increase access to health care by overcoming barriers that many of the state’s residents face when seeking primary and preventive care due to their income level, insurance status, where they live, the language they speak, or their complex health care needs. Establishing more Health Centers in Michigan, like Oakland Integrated Health Network, will expand access to care for more Michigan residents. Our goal is to make individuals healthier, communities healthier, and Michigan healthier.”

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