President of theFranaGroup shares insights about becoming an FQHC/FQHC Look-Alike

Rockford, IL – John Frana, President of theFranaGroup, a national healthcare consulting firm based in Rockford, Illinois, presented a session titled “Life Lessons for Becoming an FQHC/FQHC Look-Alike” at the National Cuncil for Behavioral Health in Orlando, Florida.¬†Frana and two other presenters outlined what Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Look-Alike status can mean to Community Mental Health Centers and important points to consider, including transitioning to primary care and commitment to care integration as key elements. More behavioral health organizations are looking to partner with FQHCs or become one themselves in an effort to maximize the ability to serve the mental health needs of their communities.

The National Cuncil for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and addictions treatment organizations. Together with 2,300 member organizations, it serves more than eight million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addictions disorders. The organization is committed to ensuring all Americans have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and full participation in community life. This annual conference was in Orlando, Florida and hosted 4,700 attendees from around the nation.

theFranaGroup specializes in supporting FQHCs before application, throughout the application process and after funding designation and regularly presents best practices at conferences for Health Centers, healthcare administrators and others involved directly in providing for the health of communities around the nation.

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.