Linton, IN – July 14, 2017 – Greene County Health, Inc., a primary care clinic with six locations across Greene County, has received Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Look-a-Like (LAL) Status through the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA).
Full FQHC status brings many benefits that help keep health care services in rural areas, including additional funding and enhanced reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid. The LAL status means that Greene County Health, Inc. is operating and providing services consistent with FQHC requirements. While FQHC-LAL facilities are barred from receiving extra funding, they are eligible for enhanced reimbursement.
In an area that is disproportionately served by Medicare and Medicaid, providing adequate health care options can be a challenge. Earning FQHC status can make rural health care facilities more viable, providing more local choices for patients, and promoting better health outcomes for the population.
“The enhanced reimbursement Greene County Health will receive as a result of this important designation will serve as an economic driver and help make the clinic a community leader in providing access to high quality healthcare services,” said Elizabeth Burrows, Interim CEO at Greene County Health.
Coriane Vanderkolk, Greene County Health, Inc. Clinical Director, praised the effort and teamwork from both providers and staff in achieving FQHC-LAL status.
“It has been an honor to serve as Clinical Director and to represent the providers during this time of transition and achievement. I look forward to Greene County Health using this status to provide better access to healthcare while still giving the same quality of care to our patients,” said Vanderkolk.
The application process also involved the support of the Greene County Health, Inc. Board of Trustees. Board Chair, Mary Lou Quiel, called the new designation a mark of distinction for the clinic.
“The Board of Directors and I are extremely proud of this administration and the employees who worked so diligently to achieve this federal recognition,” said Quiel, adding that it “will open doors for further development and expansion of health care services for the residents of Greene County and south central Indiana.”
Greene County General Hospital CEO, Brenda Reetz, congratulated the clinic on their announcement.
“This has been several years in the making, and I congratulate the team at Greene County Health, Inc. and their board for persevering in this effort. While the hospital is no longer part of the management of the clinic, we work in close partnership. This look-alike status will mean that we can all look forward to a stronger, more stable network of health care providers for Greene County,” said Reetz.
About Greene County Health, Inc.:
Greene County Health is a family practice physician group, offering same day appointments and weekend hours with world-class local providers at six locations, including Bloomfield, Linton, Lone Tree, Shakamak, WestGate, and Worthington. The clinic offers full spectrum family medicine, including minor surgery.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable.
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