Earlier this summer in July, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) offering a San Diego area community a wide range of medical, dental, and behavioral health services announced its move into research via a research center in Escondido, California. TrialSite closely follows what’s called the clinical-research-as-a-care-option movement—the blurring of the lines between medical care and research—and this recent announcement fell into that category. The FQHC, called Neighborhood Healthcare, partnered with Altura, a group founded two decades ago to connect patients, providers, and research. Facilitating the Neighborhood Healthcare Institute for Health expands access to innovative medical advances to the non-profit’s patients.
A Brief FQHC Primer
FQHCs represent a reimbursement designation from the Bureau of Primary Health Care and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. A community-based organization that offers comprehensive primary care and preventive care, FQHCs serve all persons regardless of their ability to pay or health insurance status. FQHCs represent a foundational anchor in the U.S. health s...
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