Federally Qualified Health Centers

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Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) are safety-net providers that offer outpatient services. FQHCs include community health centers, migrant health centers, health care for the homeless centers, public housing primary care centers, and health center service “lookalikes.”

Below are resources specific to billing and reimbursement for DSMES in FQHCs:

Geographic Adjustment Factors for FQHCexternal icon:
There is one national, unadjusted “base” prospective payment system (PPS) rate for the FQHC-approved qualifying visit codes for all FQHCs. The rate is $163.49 (January through December 2017). CMS updates this rate annually to reflect inflation and adjusts for each FQHC based on the facility’s location (referred to as the “geographical adjustment factor” or GAF).

Medicare Claims Processing Manual pdf icon[PDF – 241 KB]external icon:
This is a direct link to Chapter 9, which covers FQHCs.

Specific Payment Codes for the Federally Qualified Health Center Prospective Payment System (FQHC PPS) pdf icon[PDF – 323 KB]external icon:
This link describes specific payment codes for FQHCs, including for DSMT.

Page last reviewed: March 13, 2018