Healthcare for EveryoneSliding Discount Fee Schedule (SDFS)
- The Community Health Center offers a sliding-fee discount schedule to provide primary care health services at a lower cost based on an individual or family’s ability to pay.
- These discounts are determined by the current Federal Poverty Guidelines. Uninsured patients that earn at or less than the current federal poverty level are charged a nominal fee of $25 to receive primary care services.
- Individuals or families earning 100% to 150% of the federal poverty level are charged 25% of the regular fees; 151% to 175% are charged 50% and 176% to 200% are charged 75%. A typical office visit regularly costs $150 in our service area.
- Payment plans are also available. FQHCs work to ensure that financial barriers to care are minimized.
- The Community Health Center in Cowley County operates as patient centered medical home.
- Health centers are not urgent care facilities. Although the health center offers many of the same services as an urgent care facility, the expectation for prevention of disease and illness is that our patients maintain a medical home with us.
- Patients are currently receiving low-cost primary and preventative medical services and will be offered additional low-cost, high quality health services (oral, mental, pharmacy) as the center develops and grows. Additional support services are also planned.
- Community health centers create savings in healthcare every time a patient opts for an exam and treatment at the first sign of a health issue.
- Every health center tailors its services to meet the unique needs of the people in its surrounding community.
- This local approach to healthcare, combined with an emphasis on comprehensive preventative care, generates $24 billion in annual savings to the healthcare system; and for the American taxpayer, local, state and federal governments and public and private payers alike.
This scale allows us to configure the right fee for you, we strive to ensure that financial barriers to care are minimized. If you have any questions regarding payments please contact us at 620-221-3350 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Fee Discount Frequently Asked Questions
Does the governing board need to develop and approve the supporting sliding fee discount?
Are health centers permitted to have a single line on their fee schedule for a “diabetes visit” that includes the provider encounter, lab work, and a mini session without nutritionist?
Do health centers have to assess income and family size for all patients including insured patients?
Is it permissible for a health center to include assets in its definition of income?
What does a health center have to include in assessing and documenting a patient’s income?
How do health centers consider family members, not living with the patient but largely supported by the patient’s income, in their definition of “family size”?
What steps must a health center take if an individual who is auto-assigned to another Medicaid managed care provider wishes to be a health center patient?
How would a health center count the number of pay classes in the sliding fee discount scale for the purpose of determining if the Sliding Fee Discount Schedule meets the “3 or more” pay class rule?
For example, in the following sample Sliding Fee Discount Schedule, the SFDS has four pay classes (B, C, D, and E) above 100% of the FPG and at or below 200% of the FPG.
Class B: 101% – 125% of the FPG
Class C: 126% – 150% of the FPG
Class D: 151% – 175% of the FPG
Class E: 176% – 200% of the FPG
Class F: Above 200% if the FPG
All health center SFDSs must have at least three discount pay classes above 100% and at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.