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"Benefits & Challenges Of FQHC Look-Alike Status" ─ New OPEN MINDS Executive Education Program


OPEN MINDS announced today a partnership with Defran Systems, Inc. to bring a new educational program to behavioral health and human service executives. The timely web briefing, “Entering The Age Of Integration: Strategies Of An Aspiring FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) Look-Alike,” will be launched on October 30, 2012 at 2:00 PM EDT.

“Making strategic decisions about integrated care models is a key issue for many behavioral health organizations,” said Monica E. Oss, OPEN MINDS Chief Executive Officer. “There are so many options and so many considerations. This web briefing, featuring faculty from Defran Systems, Inc. and the Alliance, Inc., will provide OPEN MINDS Circle members and industry key opinion leaders with the perspectives of an organization that has addressed the challenge.”

During this 90-minute discussion session, Christine Schoenberger, Senior Director, Communications & Development, Alliance, Inc. and Fran Loshi-Turso, President & CEO, Defran Systems, will dive into the advantages of FQHC Look-Alike status as a springboard to adopting an integrated care model. The expert faculty will share the qualifications, regulations, and agency needs in order to become a look-alike and the benefits of look-alike status — including getting paid at higher rates. Attendees will also hear a case study from Alliance, Inc., as Ms. Schoenberger gives details about her organization's experience as a member of the National Council's FQHC Look-Alike Learning Community.

Executive Web Briefing Learning Objectives:

      1.   The key components of the FQHC Look-Alike program (and benefits to behavioral health organizations)
2. The process of evolving to FQHC Look-Alike – a case study from the Alliance, Inc.
3. The health information technology functionality required to manage an integrated care system

To help bring attention to this important topic, Defran Systems, a leading developer of case, clinical and financial management (EMR/EHR) software for the human and social services industries, is sponsoring this webinar and providing registration free of charge.

To learn more, or take advantage of free online registration, please visit: .

All registrants will receive a copy of the web briefing deck – and a compendium of readings papers on integrated care models from the OPEN MINDS team.

For additional questions and inquiries, please contact Tim Snyder, Vice President, Marketing, OPEN MINDS at 717-334-1329 or

OPEN MINDS is a national health and human service industry market intelligence firm. Founded in 1987 and based in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the 75+ associates provide innovative management solutions designed to improve operational and strategic performance. Learn more at

Tim Snyder, Vice President, Marketing, 717-334-1329

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