Fort Myers Obstetrics/Gynecology Offices Receive FQHC Approval
(Fort Myers, Fla. – Nov. 13, 2017) --- Two Fort Myers Lee Community Healthcare Obstetrics and Gynecology offices have been approved to operate as federally qualified health center (FQHC) look-alikes. Experienced physicians and advanced providers, including midwives, offer comprehensive gynecological services from annual exams and family planning to menopause management, and obstetrics from prenatal care to post-delivery. The two offices, located at 4040 Palm Beach Blvd., Suite F, and 16271 Bass Road, will provide expert medical care and social services to the uninsured and underinsured in our community, and will continue to serve existing and new patients who are fully insured.
“This special federal designation allows for larger discounts on costly medications, better coverage of costs for most patients, and the opportunity to provide access to care utilizing the patient-centered medical home model,” explains Bob Johns, Executive Director, Lee Community Healthcare. “We are pleased to add obstetrics and gynecology to the primary care services provided by Lee Community Healthcare.”
FQHCs provide health care and social services to support underserved communities and must operate in accordance with regulations that apply to all FQHCs. However, as designated look-alikes, Lee Community Healthcare Obstetrics and Gynecology services will not receive federal grant funding to help pay for patient care. However, patients who are uninsured or underinsured will be eligible for significantly discounted services based on a sliding fee scale.
Adults without health insurance or a regular primary care medical home have been shown to use the emergency department (ED) and hospital services at higher rates than privately insured persons. They are often less able to comply with medical treatment due to non-medical factors such as transportation, food, and other financial issues. The Lee Community Healthcare initiative seeks to address all of these problems through its unique service integration model, providing both health care and social services.
“Based on household size and income, patients can qualify for discounts. Increasing access to primary health care services for the uninsured and underserved people of Lee County helps to improve their overall health, reduces inappropriate ED visits and establishes a primary care medical home for a patient’s long-term care,” explains Johns. “Each patient we serve is part of our team. By partnering with them and managing their care with regularly scheduled visits, we can reduce or eliminate the need for emergency department visits.”
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