Glossary

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Agricultural Worker
FQHC
The percent of a facility's patients who are seasonal or migratory agricultural workers. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 4, Line 16, Column a.)
Asthma
FQHC
The percent of a facility's patients who have asthma. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 6A, Line 5, Column b.)
Average Visits per Nurse Practitioner
FQHC
When patients visit an FQHC, they may be seen by a nurse practitioner or other care provider. This measure is the average number of visits per nurse practitioner only. (See UDS, Table 5, Line 9a, Columns a and b.)
Average Visits per Physician
FQHC
When patients visit an FQHC, they may be seen by a physician or other care provider. This measure is the average number of visits per physician only. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 5, Line 8, Columns a and b.)
Average Visits per Physician Assistant
FQHC
When patients visit an FQHC, they may be seen by a physician assistant or other care provider. This measure is the average number of visits per physician assistant only. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 5, Line 9b, Columns a and b.)
Average Visits per Primary Care Provider
FQHC
When patients visit an FQHC, they may be seen by a primary care provider (physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners) or other care provider. This measure is the average number of visits per primary care provider only. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 5, Lines 8, 9a, and 9b, Columns a and b.)
C
Cost per Medical Visit
FQHC
The average cost incurred by an FQHC per medical visit during the calendar year. This measure is calculated by dividing all costs related to medical visits by the number of medical visits. A facility that treats a complex patient population (like an HIV+ population) may have higher costs. (See UDS Table 5, Line 15, Column b and UDS Table 8A, Line 4, Column c.)
Cost per Patient
FQHC
A facility's average cost per patient seen during the calendar year. This measure factors in all costs a facility takes on, such as overhead costs. A facility that offers additional services (such as pharmacy services) may have higher costs. Likewise, a facility that treats a complex patient population (like an HIV+ population) may have higher costs. (See UDS, Table 8A, Line 17, Column C and UDS Table 4, Line 6, Column a.)
Cost per Visit
FQHC
The average cost incurred by an FQHC per visit during the calendar year. This measure factors in all costs a facility takes on, such as overhead costs, and all types of visits, such as visits to a case worker. A facility that offers additional services (such as pharmacy services) may have higher costs. Likewise, a facility that treats a complex patient population (like an HIV+ population) may have higher costs. (See UDS Table 5, Line 34, Column b and UDS Table 8A, Line 17, Column c.)
Cost Report (FQHC)
FQHC
A form filed by FQHCs annually with the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The form contains information on costs, employee productivitity, and other variables.
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Diabetes
FQHC
The percent of a facility's patients who have diabetes. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 6A, Line 9, Column b.)
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Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)
FQHC
A health center that has met certain criteria (including serving an underserved area of population and offering a sliding fee scale) established by the federal government. These centers receive special grant funding from the federal government and special reimbursement through Medicaid and Medicare.
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HIV
FQHC
The percent of a facility's patients who have HIV. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 6A, Lines 1 and 2, Column b.)
Homeless
FQHC
The percent of a facility's patients who are homeless. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 4, Line 23, Column a.)
Hypertension
FQHC
The percent of a facility's patients who have hypertension. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 6A, Line 11, Column b.)
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IRS Form 990
FQHC
A form filed annually with the Internal Revenue Service by federally tax-exempt organizations, including charitable hospitals. The form provides information on the organization, including its finances and programs. Hospital IRS Form 990s are provided to SCHealthData under license from GuideStar, "the leading source of nonprofit information, www.guidestar.org"
M
Medicaid/CHIP Patients
FQHC
The percent of a facility's patients who are enrolled in Medicaid. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS Table 4, Line 8, Columns a and b.)
Medicare Patients
FQHC
The percent of a facility's patients who are enrolled in Medicare. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS Table 4, Line 9, Columns a and b.)
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Nurse Practitioner Visits
FQHC
When patients visit an FQHC, they may be seen by a nurse practitioner or other care provider. This measure is the total number of visits per nurse practitioner only. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 5, Line 9a, Column b.)
O
Overhead as a Percent of Total Cost
FQHC
This measure shows how much a facility spent on overhead costs as a percent of total costs during the calendar year. This measure does not classify enabling services (such as outreach, community education, and interpretation services) as overhead. (See UDS Table 8A, Line 16, Column a and UDS Table 8A, Line 17, Column c.)
P
Patients Below 100% of Poverty
FQHC
The percent of a facility's patients whose income puts them below the federal poverty line. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS Table 4, Line 1, Column a.)
Patients Served
FQHC
The total number of patients served by a facility in a calendar year. (See UDS Table 4, Line 6, Column a.)
Physician Assistant Visits
FQHC
When patients visit an FQHC, they may be seen by a physician assistant or other care provider. This measure is the total number of visits to physician assistants only. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 5, Line 9b, Column b.)
Physician Visits
FQHC
When patients visit an FQHC, they may be seen by a physician or other care provider. This measure is the number of visits to physicians only. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 5, Line 8, Column b.)
Primary Care Provider Visits
FQHC
When patients visit an FQHC, they may be seen by a primary care provider or other care provider. This measure is the number of visits to primary care providers (physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners) only. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 5, Lines 8, 9a, and 9b, Column b.)
Profit/Loss (FQHC)
FQHC
Total revenue minus total costs during a calendar year. This figure may be affected by special one-time grant funds. (See UDS, Table 8A, Line 17, Column C and UDS, Table 9D, Line 14, Column B.)
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Revenue from BPHC Grants
FQHC
Revenue a facility receives from the federal government's Bureau of Primary Health Care grants during the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 9E, Line 1, Column a.)
Revenue from Medicaid
FQHC
Revenue a facility receives from Medicaid during the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 9D, Line 3, Column b.)
Revenue from Medicare
FQHC
Revenue a facility receives from treating Medicare beneficiaries during the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 9D, Line 6, Column b.)
Revenue from Non-federal Grants or Contracts
FQHC
Revenue a facility receives from non-federal grants or contracts (such as grants from state governments or private foundations) during the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 9E, Line 9, Column a.)
Revenue from Other Federal Grants
FQHC
Revenue a facility receives from federal grant funding (such as Ryan White grants) during the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 9E, Line 5, Column a.)
Revenue from Other Public Payers
FQHC
Revenue a facility receives from state and local governments through programs other than indigent care programs during the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 9E, Line 1, Column a, and UDS, Table 9D, Line 9, Column b.)
Revenue from Other Sources
FQHC
Revenue a facility receives from other miscellaneous sources during the calendar year. This can include rental income, pharmacy income, and other types of income. (See UDS, Table 9E, Line 10, Column a.)
Revenue from Patient Payments
FQHC
Revenue a facility receives from patient payments during the calendar year. This can include payments from self-pay patients and copays from patients with insurance coverage. (See UDS, Table 9D, Line 13, Column b.)
Revenue from Private Insurance
FQHC
Revenue a facility receives from patients with private insurance (such as employer-sponsored insurance) during the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 9D, Line 12, Column b.)
S
School-based
FQHC
The percent of a facility's patients who received care at a school-based facility. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 4, Line 24, Column a.)
Sliding Fee Scale
FQHC
FQHCs are required to have a schedule of fees and discounts for the services they provide to uninsured patients.
T
Total Cost
FQHC
The total costs incurred by a facility in the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 8A, Line 17, Column C.)
Total Revenue (FQHC)
FQHC
Revenue a facility garners from all sources during the calendar year. This figure may be affected by special one-time grant funds. (See UDS, Table 9D, Line 14, Column b and UDS, Table 9E, Line 11, Column a.)
Total Visits
FQHC
The total number of visits to a facility during the calendar year, whether handled by a primary care provider or other staffer, such as a dentist, a mental health professional, or a case manager. (See UDS, Table 5, Line 34, Column b.)
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UDS Database
FQHC
The Uniform Data System (UDS) contains information on the operation and performance of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and FQHC look-alikes. The UDS is maintained by the Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The UDS tracks information such as patient demographics, services provided, staffing, clinical indicators utilization rates costs and revenues. Years refer to calendar years in the database.
Uninsured Patients
FQHC
The percent of a facility's patients who are uninsured. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS Table 4, Line 7, Columns a and b.)
V
Veterans
FQHC
The percent of a facility's patients who are veterans. This is based on the calendar year. (See UDS, Table 4, Line 25, Column a.)