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Chapter 3 Needs Assessment, Element A wants to ensure that the health center is reviewing and documenting patient origin data from the most recent UDS report and ensuring those zip codes are accurately reflected on Form 5B. Having accurate zip codes served by a health center is important in understanding the needs of patients served. One way to ensure that most recently available data is reflected in your needs assessment is to perform a review of the zip codes your health center serves. The following would be considered a best practice:
Form 5B (Locations, Hours of Operations, and other health center site identifiers) should be a “living document” to ensure it reflects a health center’s current practice, just as the Form 5A (Scope of Services) should be.
Updating and reviewing your health center’s zip codes are considered “one piece of the puzzle” when it comes to your health center’s scope of services. Consider the following examples:
Whether removing or adding zip codes, it is important that discussion related to zip code analysis be documented and discussed with the Board of Directors and with a health center’s HRSA Point of Contact. Any changes to Form 5B must be board approved.