Our vision is that every North Carolina community will have access to a patient-centered, patient-governed, culturally competent health care home that integrates high quality medical, pharmacy, dental, vision, behavioral health, and enabling services without regard to a person’s ability to pay.
Our mission is to promote and support patient-governed community health care organizations and the populations they serve.
The North Carolina Community Health Center Association (NCCHCA) was formed in 1978 by the leadership of community health centers. NCCHCA is comprised of membership from 41 Community Health Center organizations. NCCHCA is singularly focused on the success of health centers.
NCCHCA is the HRSA funded state Primary Care Association (PCA). The non-profit, consumer-governed Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) we represent provide integrated medical, dental, pharmacy, behavioral health, and enabling services to nearly one-half million patients in North Carolina. FQHCs receive federal assistance to provide sliding-fee services to assure no one is denied access to care. NCCHCA represents FQHCs to state and federal officials and provides training and technical assistance on clinical, operational, financial, administrative, and governance issues.
The North Carolina Community Health Association Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) provides shared services and strategic sourcing solutions for North Carolina’s health centers. The GPO leverages community health center purchasing power to generate maximum savings for members. Individual community health centers and lookalike organizations may enroll as GPO members and utilize the Association’s group purchasing program as a free benefit.
NCCHCA is the sponsor and managing partner of Carolina Medical Home Network (CMHN), which serves as the clinical and operational performance improvement organization of NCCHCA and member health centers. CMHN is a 33 member HRSA funded Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN) currently in the second three-year grant cycle. All members are NC health centers. CMHN provides its members with data analytics, quality improvement, and Health Information Exchange connectivity to improve cost, quality, and outcomes of care.
NCCHCA is also a HRSA Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN) grantee. Participating in the HCCN – Carolina Medical Home Network (CMHN) -health centers have the opportunity to work together on quality improvement and operational system redesign initiatives and engage in payment reform models through the Independent Practice Association (IPA) and Accountable Care Organization (ACO) initiatives.
Carolina Medical Home Network – Accountable Care Organization (CMHN-ACO) is a partnership of 4 NC health centers that have entered into the Medicare Shared Savings Program (one-sided model). The goal of the ACO is to improve quality and reduce costs and utilization. CMHN-ACO serves as the pilot for identification of population health strategies to scale up to the larger CMHN network.
Carolina Medical Home Network – Independent Practice Association (CMHN-IPA) is a network of 30 NC health centers in partnership with NCCHCA, striving towards clinical integration with the goal of leveraging size, scope and coordinated performance improvement in third-party payer negotiations. The IPA couples CMHN-ACO tested methods with business strategies to develop advantageous network-level contracts with payers.
We support health center members with peer learning, strong training programs, health center expertise, clinical and operations resources, and much more. The staff of NCCHCA members receive our weekly newsletter, discounted rates to our Annual Meeting & Conference, member’s only access to online tools and resources, and access to our many subject matter experts.