(Recorded Webinar) Part II: Key Areas of Concern in Developing Your Look-Alike Program

Duration: 75 minutes
Webinar recorded on: 9/29/2020

The webinars in Applying for the FQHC Look-Alike Designation: The Legal "Dos and Don'ts" webinar series and can be purchased individually or as part of the series. To purchase the full series, click here.

In Part II of this series, participants will explore some of the key areas of concern in complying with the programmatic requirements that establish the framework of your Look-Alike program.  Key topics include (i) establishing a compliant community-based Board of Directors and governance process; (ii) defining your scope of services, including translating your current services and programs into the FQHC model; (iii) staffing approaches, taking into consideration the independence and autonomy of your program; and (iv) developing your FQHC sliding fee discount program.  


Many types of clinics have realized the benefits of securing designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Look-Alike.  Applying for such designation, however, can be a daunting process.  In addition to drafting the application, preparation requires extensive research, planning, and familiarity with the many underlying Health Center Program requirements.  It is also important to consider that your application sets forth numerous legal representations regarding how your organization will structure and operationalize its FQHC Look-Alike program, in accordance with the Health Center Program requirements, so assuring the application is accurate and thorough is of paramount importance.

As attorneys who have worked with FQHC grantees and Look-Alikes for decades, we are intimately familiar with the Health Center Program requirements.  We have also seen first-hand how an application can present significant legal headaches if not drafted and/or implemented properly.  During this two-part webinar series, we will provide an overview of what it means to be a “FQHC Look-Alike,” and discuss some common pitfalls in designing your Look-Alike program as well as tips for avoiding those pitfalls. Whether you are an existing clinic looking to transition into the FQHC world, or an organization exploring a new FQHC Look-Alike start-up, this series will provide the foundation necessary to proceed with your application.

Target Audience

  • Executive Leadership / Staff
  • Financial and Clinical Leadership
  • Grants Management Staff
  • Compliance Staff

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Understand the requirements of the community-based Board of Directors and the importance of maintaining its autonomy
  • Transition your current services, programs and staffing model to comply with FQHC requirements
  • Establish a compliant FQHC sliding fee discount program
Course summary
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Carrie Riley is a Partner in the health law practice group. She counsels a wide variety of health care clients, including Title X grantees and subrecipeints, and other private and public health care providers, on contracting, regulatory compliance, fraud and abuse, and reimbursement matters. Carrie also provides counsel on transactional matters, including formation and agreements for multi-provider affiliations/joint ventures, general contracting, and residency training arrangements. Prior to going to law school, Carrie worked at a Title X regional training center for several years. [Full Bio]


A partner at the firm, Marcie specializes in health care law, particularly in the areas of federal grants, grant-related requirements and grants management related to the federal health center program. Health centers turn to Marcie as a resource for knowing not only the letter of the law, but also the likely interpretation of requirements by federal policymakers, including the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). [Full Bio]

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Available Credit

  • 1.25 Certificate of Attendance


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