Affiliating with community providers such as hospitals or specialty group practices may enhance a health center's ability to assure coordinated, continuous, and accessible health care. As part of the affiliation review team, board members should have oversight of feasibility studies, key terms of the arrangement, and compliance with Health Center Program requirements. This information bulletin 1) provides a brief overview of reasons health center affiliate with other providers, 2) examines potential types of affiliations, 3) discusses the board's role in evaluating affiliations, and 4) reviews the board's responsibility to approve affiliations.
Important NACHC Library Content Note: This technical assistance resource was developed prior to the August 2017 release of the Health Center Compliance Manual by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC). The BPHC Compliance Manual, issued August 2017, indicates where PINS, PALs and other program guidance are now superseded or subsumed by the BPHC Compliance Manual.
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