Frequently Asked Questions at FHCB
What is FHCB?
FHCB stands for Family Health Centers of Baltimore. We are a FQHC, established in 1978 to provide primary care services to our communities. We started off as a well baby clinic, but now we have integrated the full range of primary care services with behavioral health care (i.e., substance abuse treatment and primary health care services).
What is an FQHC?
FQHC stands for Federally Qualified Health Center. This is a special health program mandated by federal law for the purpose of making sure that all Americans have access to medical care regardless of their financial circumstance.
What is primary health care?
Primary care is a regular health care visit given usually by a doctor or a nurse practitioner. Typically the primary care provider is your first contact; this may be your pediatrician, your family medicine doctor or your internal medicine physician. Today, primary care coordinates care with other specialists and often a referral from the primary care provider is required before a specialist is approved by your insurance carrier. Primary care practitioners also provide the kind of health education that promotes health and prevents disease. They teach you how to maintain good health, offer counseling. Very importantly, primary care providers diagnosis and treat illnesses.
What’s the difference between an FQHC and a doctor’s office?
An FQHC provides the same services that your pediatrician, family physician, or internal medicine physician provides. Plus, case management, translation, transportation, enrollment assistance, and so many more “enabling” services. Your FQHC will collect your blood samples and send them to the laboratory for analysis; you don’t have to go somewhere else to have that done. Most FQHCs in Baltimore City also provide dental care and OBGYN services, substance abuse treatment and mental health services. It is an integrated system of care, or a ONE-STOP-SHOP, making it convenient for the whole family to be served under one roof.
Does an FHCB cost me more money?
No, not if your income is below 200% of the federal poverty level. If it is above 200% of poverty, you have to pay the full cost of the care. Take a look at the sliding fee scale. Enter your information and you will see how much you pay for the services.
How do I qualify for reduced doctor fees?
You must bring in documents that prove family size and income. Please look at our Fees page to see the cost you will incur for each of our services based on your family size and income level.
Do you have a dentist for adults and children?
Yes! On Tuesdays there is a pediatric dentist at the Cherry Hill Road Practice. We also have a general dentist for the adults in your family.
What insurances do you accept?
We accept Medicaid, Medicare, Blue Cross Blues Shield, Amerigroup, United, Maryland Physicians Care, Riverside, and most commercial health insurance and dental plans.
Where are you located?
Since you are nonprofit, how can I contribute?
You can contribute by using the donate button below:
You can also send a check to our corporate office at 631 Cherry Hill Road, Baltimore Maryland 21225, made payable to FHCB