Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are a breed apart. Incorporating multispecialty practices with primary care, behavioral health, and even dental care, these 1,400 providers across the US see some 30 million Americans a year, many insured by Medicare and Medicaid.
One such FQHC, Cherry Health, covering western Michigan and headquartered in Grand Rapids, serves more than 65,000 patients annually via a network of more than 80 providers and 800 healthcare professionals. The patient population is 55% Medicaid, about 15% Medicare, perhaps 20% uninsured, and a very small percentage of commercial payer coverage.
Like many other FQHCs, Cherry Health has partnered with NextGen Healthcare for its electronic health record platform. NextGen is now leveraging the cloud to allow providers to share performance metrics and learn from each other.