Referral Agreements and the Health Center Program

March 29, 2023

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Do you need support navigating the HRSA requirements regarding referral agreements?  Do you want to learn strategies to confirm that your health center’s referral agreements include the required elements?

Confusion regarding referral agreements in the health center program is common and is often the basis for non-compliance findings.  

During this webinar the presenter will summarize the required elements of referral agreements, with a deep dive into certain elements that often are misunderstood, such as the referral provider’s obligation to discount fees.  The presenter will share strategies to achieve compliance and will provide a broad referral agreement checklist, as well as several sample terms. 

In this webinar, the presenter will discuss the answers to commonly asked questions, like: 

  • Are written referral agreements required for each referral relationship?
  • Do the requirements applicable to referral agreements extend to a health center’s inpatient continuity of care arrangements?
  • What are the necessary elements of a referral agreement?
  • Must the referral provider discount its fees?
  • How do I distinguish a referral agreement (i.e., Form 5A column III) from a contract (i.e., Form 5A column II) for in-scope services?

Target Audience

  • Health Center Executive Staff
  • Administrative/Operations Leadership and Staff
  • Compliance Officers
  • Contract Management Staff
  • Other Staff Assisting with HRSA Compliance and/or OSV Preparation                            

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Understand the intersection as between a health center’s Form 5A and the required referral agreements.
  • Identify which of your health center’s referral relationships require a HRSA-compliant referral agreement.
  • Confirm that your health center’s referral agreements include the HRSA-mandated provisions.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
03/29/2023 - 1:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
03/29/2023 - 2:00pm EDT

Carrie Riley

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 subrecipients 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]

Participants can earn up to 1.20 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge and Applications upon completion of all course requirements.


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  1. Answer at least 3 of the 5 polling questions during the webinar
  2. Complete the evaluation survey after the conclusion of the webinar or in the follow-up email

Upon completion of these requirements, FTLF will email you your CPE Certificate within two (2) weeks.


  • Prerequisites: None 
  • Target Audience: Health Center Executive Staff; Administrative/Operations Leadership and Staff; Compliance Officers; Contract Management Staff; Other Staff Assisting with HRSA Compliance and/or OSV Preparation           
  • Advanced Preparation: None  
  • Program Level: All
  • Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
  • Attendance Requirements: In order to be awarded the full credits, you must respond to three (3) out of five (5) polling questions.

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance


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