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Is it a requirement to collect Family Size and Income data every year (once every twelve months)?
Thanks so much for your question. The HRSA Compliance Manual ( Chapter 9-Sliding Fee Discount Program) “Other Considerations” (pg. 41), states that “The health center determines how and with what frequency to reassess patient eligibility for the SFDS”. The frequency should be included in the board approved sliding fee discount policy. While a health center can opt to do them every 2-3 years there are some significant considerations to remember.
HRSA leaves the frequency decision up to the health center; but remember, the HRSA Program Requirements are the floor not the ceiling. In keeping this in mind, a health center would want to consider all outcomes and patient affects in determining the frequency of collecting this data.