Community Health Centers are clinical practices of primary care providers available to provide medical care to all individuals without respect to socioeconomic status. A community health center is located in an area where there is a HPSA and MUA designation. HPSA (Health Professional Shortage Area) stands for the physician to population ratio. MUA (Medically Underserved Area) includes such things as the HPSA, infant mortality rate, percent of poverty for the area, and percent of elderly population. We make our services...
We have services and support services for the community we are trying to serve.
We have fees comparable to the area; acceptance too of Medicare, Medicaid, and other third party insurance, as well as offering reduced fees for eligible patients.
The services we provide are needed and meet the perceived needs of the area. The community is willing to utilize the services.
We are located in the service area and there are adequate means for the service population to avail themselves of our services. Some examples which can readily be identified are the bus service for patients in Albany, as well as, our proximity to the patients in the census tracts to be served.
What is your service area?
We service seven counties in southwest Georgia:
What is important about National Center for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recognition?
NCQA recognition means we’ve made the grade and have been recognized for complying with rigorous national performance standards that promote quality health care delivery.
How does the organization operate?
Albany Area Primary Health Care, Inc. is comprised of 26 locations, 24 clinical sites, one laboratory site, and one administrative location. Each clinic is staffed with providers, nursing and business professionals, as well as a clinic manager. Each clinic operates under the policies and procedures of the organization and all reporting is centralized through the Administrative office. AAPHC is governed by a Board of Directors that oversees the operation of the organization and ensures that all federal and state requirements are maintained.
AAPHC is a non-profit community health center. A portion of our funding comes from a federal grant we apply for annually. We operate with a limited budget and can’t monetarily compete with private practices. However, we don’t skimp on quality care for our patients! We follow federal guidelines of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Office of Performance Review (OPR) as well as standards set by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations in both Ambulatory Health Services and Laboratory Services.
The Bureau of Primary Health Care has deemed the Health Center - Albany Area Primary Health Care, Inc. to be an employee of the Federal Government for the purpose of Section 224(h). Any individual working for AAPHC or contracted independently for primary care services is covered under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) for medical, surgical, and dental related functions while acting within the scope of employment.