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Financial Impact of COVID-19 on California Federally Qualified Health Centers - Infographic

Resource Topic: Emerging Issues, Finance, Governance, HIT/Data, Operations

Resource Subtopic: COVID-19, Research and Data, Financial performance improvement, Financial trends.

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

Year Developed: 2021

Resource Type: Other.

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

Language: English

Developed by: Capital Link (See other resources developed by this organization). In collaboration with California Health Care Foundation.

Resource Summary: Created with support from the California Health Care Foundation, this infographic highlights California FQHCs’ net projected losses from April through December 2020, after taking into account critical federal support made available through December 2020.

Resource Details: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, California’s 202 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) experienced a 23% decline in patient visits between April and December 2020, as patients complied with stay-at-home orders. The FQHCs pivoted quickly to providing care virtually, with 53% of visits delivered via telehealth. However, the loss in patient visits severely impacted health centers’ revenue, jeopardizing their financial viability even as they continue to play a critical role in the pandemic fight. The largest centers — and those serving the highest proportion of Medi-Cal patients — bore the brunt of the financial losses. The data below highlight CaliforniaFQHCs’ net projected losses from April through December 2020, after taking into account critical federal support made available through December 2020 and show the negative impacts on the largest centers and the patients they serve.

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 $6,375,000 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 HRSA.gov.