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Avoiding Fake News: Reliable Resources for FQHC Leaders


In the dynamic landscape of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), executives and leaders often find themselves navigating a multitude of questions and challenges. From compliance and funding to patient care and technology, the breadth of responsibilities can be daunting. Not to mention the misinformation that exists across the world wide web.

As FQHCs strive to deliver high-quality care to underserved communities, leaders like yourself are likely constantly seeking answers to a myriad of questions that arise within your organization. From optimizing operational efficiency to staying abreast of regulatory changes, the quest for knowledge is ongoing.


Verifying the Source

In an era of information overload and conflicting sources, discerning fact from fiction can be challenging. One of the most pressing questions for FQHC leaders is how to ensure they're getting accurate information. The solution lies in leveraging credible sources—reputable organizations and trusted experts who possess the knowledge and experience to provide reliable guidance. There can be so much conflicting information on the Internet it’s important to cross-reference and validate answers and data.

Help Desk Solutions

Blog Images (36)Many organizations have invested in their own internal help desk and knowledge base systems. This facilitates the curation of data and access to answers. It also requires investments ranging from $100,000 - $250,000 annually to manage. Not every FQHC can afford this type of investment leaving them at risk of predatory marketing and fake news.

Trade Associations

Another great resource is State Primary Care Associations (PCAs) and the National Association for Community Health Centers. These are highly reputable organizations with a breadth of resources.

Peer Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing

As FQHC leaders, our collective expertise is our greatest asset. While seeking answers to our questions is crucial for informed decision-making and problem-solving, the act of sharing knowledge is equally impactful. By engaging in open dialogue and exchanging insights with our peers, we not only deepen our understanding of complex issues but also contribute to the growth and advancement of our industry as a whole.

The Synergy Billing FQHC Help Desk

Synergy Billing has been solving billing and credentialing challenges for FQHCs since 2006. By tapping into the collective wisdom of Synergy Billing’s industry veterans and subject matter experts, their help desk answers FQHC billing and credentialing questions within 24 hours at no charge to FQHCs. Each question asked and answer provided by The Synergy Billing Help Desk serves to enrich the collective knowledge base and empower other FQHC leaders.

Some examples of the types of questions include: 

  • “Can I be reimbursed for specialty services.”
  • “How should I bill ancillary and diagnostic services.”
  • “How long should it take to credential with CMS Medicare?”
  • “What does a CO-24 denial from CMS Medicare mean?”
  • “Does Medicaid in my state require an 837 professional or institutional claim format?”
  • “How do you avoid revenue delays when switching clearinghouse?”
  • “Does my CPT code require a modifier?”
  • “How do you get paid for behavioral health services on the same day as a medical visit?’

 Whether clarifying billing questions and guidelines or answering questions about claim denials, the Synergy Billing FQHC Help Desk is a dedicated site where FQHC leaders can get answers from trusted experts.


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By identifying the right platform for your FQHC you’ll have the resources you need to overcome challenges, drive innovation, and, ultimately, improve patient outcomes. FQHC leaders can gain valuable insights that help them make informed decisions and drive positive outcomes within their organizations only when they can rely upon data from a trusted partner.



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