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TACHC Fact Sheet

TACHC Fact Sheet

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Facts provided by the Texas Association for Community Health Centers, detailing their involvement with the Community Partners program.
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Texas  Association  of  Community  Health  Centers   About  TACHC  

 

The  Texas  Association  of  Community  Health  Centers,  Inc.  (TACHC)  is  a  private,  non-­‐profit  membership  association  that   represents  safety-­‐net  health  care  providers  in  the  state  of  Texas.  Our  members  include  Community  and  Migrant  Health   Centers,  Health  Care  for  the  Homeless  Grantees,  Public  Housing  Primary  Care  Grantees,  Ryan  White  HIV/AIDS  Grantees,   FQHC  Look-­‐Alikes,  Health  Center  Networks,  and  other  providers  who  strive  to  meet  the  health  care  needs  of  the   uninsured  and  underserved.    Our  members  operate  in  urban,  rural,  and  frontier  areas  of  the  state,  and  their  budgets   range  in  size  from  $600,000  to  over  $50  million.       Formed  in  1983  as  the  federally-­‐designated  primary  care  association  for  the  state  of  Texas,  TACHC  has  been  providing   services  to  Texas  health  centers  for  over  25  years.  During  this  time,  TACHC  negotiated  the  Texas  Prospective  Payment   System,  a  reimbursement  model  that  enables  centers  to  provide  quality  care  to  a  population  with  complex  medical   needs;  created  Continuous  Performance  Improvement  Programs  on  a  national  level;  created  Group  Purchasing   Programs  which  offer  lower-­‐than-­‐market  rates  to  centers  for  pharmaceuticals  and  medical  supplies;  and  assisted  health   centers  in  creating  Medicare  Accountable  Care  Organizations.     Mission
 

TACHC’s  mission  is  to  develop,  educate,  support,  strengthen  and  advocate  for  our  member  centers,  their  patients  and   the  communities  they  serve.  Our  purpose  has  grown  along  with  our  expanding  membership  and  the  complexity  of  the   health  care  system.    
 

Vision
 

TACHC’s   vision,   however,   remains   constant:     to   be   one   voice   expanding   a   sustainable   network   of   Community   Health   Centers   that   serves   as   the   comprehensive   care   provider   of   first   choice   for   all   Texans.   As   the   state   primary   care   association,   TACHC   is   strategically   positioned   as   a   link   between   federal,   state,   and   local   entities   working   to   provide   health  care  for  Texas’  most  vulnerable  populations.    
 

Major Program Areas
 

Policy,  Research  &  Advocacy  advocate  for  community  health  centers  and  the  people  they  serve  as  one  voice  through   such  activities  as  legislative  policy  development  and  analysis  and  grassroots  advocacy.  
 

Clinical  Affairs  assist  health  centers  to  achieve  high-­‐quality,  comprehensive  health  care  when  needed  and  where  needed   through  programs  such  as  the  Optimized  Comprehensive  Clinical  Care  Program.  
 

Recruitment  &  Retention  help  centers  fill  provider  vacancies  with  high  caliber  health  care  professionals  who  have  a   community  mindset  by  such  activities  as  marketing  center  job  opportunities.  
 

Information  Technology  Services  help  centers  set  up  and  maintain  effective  and  efficient  IT  systems  that  support  a  wide   array  of  health  center  functions  by  providing  such  services  as  consultation  on  IT  services  and  equipment.    
 

Group  Purchasing  Programs  provide  cost-­‐savings  for  health  centers  and  their  patients  through  programs  such  as  the   340Better  Pharmaceutical  Program.  
 

Technical  Assistance  assists  health  centers  in  sustaining  and  growing  business  while  also  strengthening  leadership   through  supportive  assistance  such  as  outreach  and  enrollment  support.    

 

Texas  Association  of  Community  Health  Centers  
5900  Southwest  Parkway,  Bldg  3    |    Austin,  Texas  78735    |    (512)  329-­‐5959    |    www.tachc.org    |     /TexasCHCs    |     @TexasCHCs  

  High-­‐quality,  affordable  care  for  the  underserved  in  Texas  
For   more   than   45   years,   Federally   Qualified   Health   Centers   (FQHCs   or   community   health   centers),   have   provided  high-­‐quality,  affordable  primary  care  and  preventive  services  to  populations  who  remain  isolated   from   other   forms   of   medical   care   because   of   where   they   live,   the   language   they   speak   and   their   complex   health  care  needs.       FQHCs  are  non-­‐profit  or  public  community-­‐owned  health  care  providers  serving  low-­‐income  and  medically   underserved  communities.    Health  centers  improve  access  to  care  for  millions  of  Americans  regardless  of   insurance  status  or  ability  to  pay.    FQHCs  offer  services  many  other  health  care  providers  do  not,  such  as   transportation,  translation,  and  culturally  sensitive  health  care  aimed  at  overcoming  common  barriers  to  care.     Community  health  centers’  costs  of  care  rank  among  the  lowest  for  health  care  providers,  and  they  reduce   the  need  for  more  expensive  hospital  in-­‐patient  and  specialty  care,  producing  significant  savings  for   taxpayers.    

Serving  over  975,000  Texans    
In  2011,  Texas  Community  Health  Centers  cared   for  975,509  Texans1.    Today,  Texas  is  home  to  71   FQHCs  including  2  FQHC  Look  Alikes.2    They   support  more  than  330  primary  care  service   delivery  sites  in  113  counties  and  dozens  of   enabling  services  sites  such  as  WIC  clinics  and   senior  activity  centers.     Consistent  with  the  health  center  mission,  many   health  center  clients  are  uninsured  and  live   below  100%  of  the  federal  poverty  level  (FPL).    In   2011,  65%  of  health  center  patients  identified   themselves  as  Hispanic/Latino.    Health  Centers   also  served  115,195  African  Americans,  11,435   Asians/Pacific  Islanders,  2,070  Native   Americans/Alaska  Natives,  10,204  multiracial   individuals,  and  669,801  Hispanic/non-­‐Hispanic   whites.  166,804  health  center  patients  declined   to  report  their  race.

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All  fact  sheet  data  compiled  from  audited  2011  Uniform  Data  System.   FQHC  Look  Alikes  are  centers  that  meet  all  the  FQHC  designation  requirements  but  do  not  receive  federal  funding.  

 

Texas  Association  of  Community  Health  Centers  
5900  Southwest  Parkway,  Bldg  3    |    Austin,  Texas  78735    |    (512)  329-­‐5959    |    www.tachc.org    |     /TexasCHCs    |     @TexasCHCs  

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