Local healthcare consulting firm assists four new Federally Qualified Health Centers receive ACA funds.

Rockford, IL – US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced today the awarding of $2,329,167 in Affordable Care Act funding to clients of theFranaGroup. Funding will help establish four new Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in three states: one in Illinois, two in Indiana and one in Kansas. Awards ranged from $487,500 to $704,167 to each clinic in the first year. The HHS is committed to ensuring more people across the country have access to the quality patient-centered care they deserve. Health centers are key partners in improving access to quality, affordable primary health care services for persons in high risk populations. Nationally, ACA’ New Access Point Grant Awards totaling $100,783,100 will fund 164 new clinics proposing to serve 646,736 new patients.

FQHCs now represent the largest primary practice in the United States. They served more than 22 million patients and 87 million patient visits at 9,000 service sites in 2014 with a combined staffing of over 153,000 health care professionals.

About theFranaGroup

theFranaGroup, founded in 1999, is a healthcare consulting firm that provides solutions for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), including a wide array of services tailored to Community Health Center operations and strategy, both before and after funding. With a proven track record of success, theFranaGroup offers a variety of services to achieve and maintain FQHC status including grant writing, strategic planning, management consulting and Board and staff development. The firm has helped clients earn more than $1 billion in direct funding and enhanced billing capabilities. In 2013 alone, theFranaGroup client clinics served more than 450,000 unduplicated patients with approximately 1,350,000 patient visits. As a result these healthcare facilities better served their communities and improved the overall access and quality of health services provided to the most at-risk populations.