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The 2010 Affordable Care Act is challenging health systems to step up to a higher level of efficiency, improved integration of services, and a quality-based payment system. A major part of the service integration efforts in the reform legislation are focused on physician services, such as expansion of primary care services, development of electronic health records, and improved patient transparency in healthcare delivery. The healthcare reform legislation also provides $11 billion for community health centers, which are operated as federally qualified health centers (FQHC) for Medicare purposes. Many health systems are reassessing their physician integration plan. The FQHC program requirements include a health professional shortage area designation of an underserved area in a portion of the local area. FQHCs have generally had limited administrative depth due to the need to focus their resources on providing patient care services.
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