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Federally Qualified Health Centers Financial and Operational Performance Analysis 2016-2019

Resource Topic: Finance, Governance, Health Information Technology (HIT)/Data

Resource Subtopic: Financial performance improvement, Financial trends, Sustainability.

Keywords: Data Collection, Management, and Analytics, Research, Uniform Data System (UDS).

Year Developed: 2021

Resource Type: Publication.

Primary Audience: Administrative Staff Board of Directors C-Suite (CEOs, CFOs, CIO, COOs, CMOs, etc.) Clinicians Enabling Staff Outreach Staff PCAs

Language(s): English

Developed by: Capital Link (See other resources developed by this organization).

Resource Summary: This report, developed with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration, offers a framework for identifying strengths, challenges, and opportunities for performance improvement in a rapidly transforming health care landscape. (Released in 2021.)

Resource Details: The report offers a framework for identifying financial strengths, challenges, and benchmarks that support opportunities for health center performance improvement through an examination of multi-year trends and median results. This analysis also considers variances between rural and urban performance. Through incorporating health center financial audits with operational and utilization data reported by the Uniform Data System (UDS) from 2016 to 2019 for Section 330-funded health centers and Look-Alikes (LALs)—collectively, FQHCs—statistical measures and financial ratios facilitate comparisons and provide context. Information on median performance, the level at which half of the centers rank higher and half are lower, is provided throughout. Quartiles (the top and bottom 25th percentiles for performance, for example) and industry-recommended benchmarks that support long-term financial sustainability are listed for specific measures where available and appropriate.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,625,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit