SEMO Health Network is proud to be your Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHS). A Community Health Center is just that, a health center based in the community. The FQHC is a federal designation from the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that is assigned to non-profit or public health care organizations that serve insured patients, uninsured patients, private pay patients or medically underserved populations.
FQHCs are specifically located in an area that is designated as a Medically Underserved Area/Population (MUA or MUP). FQHCs provide their services to all persons regardless of ability to pay, and charge for services on a Board approved sliding-fee scale that is based on patients’ family income and size.
Because they receive funds from the Federal government, all FQHCs must operate under a consumer Board of Directors governance structure, and provide comprehensive primary health, oral, and mental health/substance abuse services to persons in all stages of the life cycle. FQHCs must comply with Section 330 program expectations/requirements and all applicable federal and state regulations.
Continuous Quality Improvement
SEMO Health Network demonstrates its commitment to providing the highest quality of care to patients through the implementation of its Continuous Quality Improvement initiative. The quality compliance department is a distinct unit within SEMO Health Network with primary responsibilities in four key areas: patient safety, risk management, quality assurance and regulatory affairs.
- Facilitation of Continuous Quality improvement (CQI) committee
- Implementation of Safety Committee program including:
- Incident Reporting
- Root Cause Analysis
- Failure Mode and Effects Analysis
- National Patient Safety Goals
- Education and Awareness
- Coordination of quality and performance improvement initiatives
- Quality Reviews
- Quality indicator monitoring, benchmarking and reporting to regulatory entities
- Coordination of regulatory compliance
- Management of Infection Control Processes
- Clinical data analysis
- Technical support and education on quality and patient safety issues
- Policy and Procedure development and oversight
- Risk assessment