Making a Healthy Difference Through Partnerships with Federally Licensed Health Centers
Federal Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) are community-based health care providers that receive funding to deliver primary care services in low-income and underserved communities.
May 18e, 2022, Yuvo Health announced a partnership with four FQHCs. This partnership will allow them to expand the reach of these FQHCs to even more people. Cesar Herrera, CEO and Co-Founder of Yuvo Health, spoke with I Don’t Care host Kevin Stevenson about this exciting opportunity.
As Herrera explained, Yuvo Health provides comprehensive administrative and technology services to help federally qualified health centers enable their transition to value-based care. Rural and hyper-urban areas are two concentrations where FQHCs play an essential role in supporting communities.
Yuvo Health’s mission is both personal and professional. Herrera was an FQHC patient growing up. Her direct experience of the importance these centers bring to the community has given her insight into what happens to a society that does not have equitable access to primary health care.
In New York, where Yuvo Health is based, most doctors in private practice do not accept any insurance. This exclusivity closes the door to many patients who cannot afford private care and amplifies the problem in underserved communities where options are limited. That’s why Yuvo’s announcement is good news.
“We introduced our first set of FQHC partners with our model launched in upstate New York,” Herrera said. “What Yuvo is is an IPA and MSO model. This allows us to establish value-based contracts on behalf of our FQHC partners with managed care entities, and in many cases these are contracts that our FQHC partners would not be able to establish on their own.
These four premier FQHC partners represent a diverse set of patient populations representing all five boroughs of New York City and Long Island, and approximately 40,000 Medicaid lives pass through their centers each year.