Frequently Asked Questions
What is ECHO?
How does ECHO help and support charitable clinics?
What ongoing help does ECHO provide once our clinic is operational?
About the New Clinic
How long does it take to start an ECHO supported clinic?
How much money does it take to start a clinic?
Does ECHO tell us what services we can or cannot offer in our clinic?
What are the expectations and obligations of the clinic to ECHO once we open?
What is a Clinic Sponsor? Why is it needed?
Community Need and the Affordable Care Act
I thought Healthcare Reform solved this problem!
The Affordable Care Act has undercut our traditional patient population and the future changes, while yet unknown, may redefine again those who need access to quality health care. Will safety net clinics still be needed?
For Existing Clinics
I’m a clinic already in operation. How can ECHO help me?
How do we stay relevant in our community given the changes in health care and the perception that clinics are no longer needed due to the ACA and subsequent changes in healthcare delivery?
Can ECHO help us strengthen our clinic to better serve our patients?
How can ECHO provide these services at low cost or no cost?
Does ECHO work with groups of all faiths?
I am not affiliated with a community of faith or an existing organization but I want to start a clinic. Can ECHO help me?
Will ECHO consultants keep religion out of the conversation if we are not a faith-based group?
Will ECHO allow for our practice of faith in the operation of our clinic?
 Congressional Budget Office. (2012, July). Estimates for the Insurance Coverage Provisions of the Affordable Care Act Updated for the Recent Supreme Court Decision. http://cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/ attachments/43472-07-24-2012-CoverageEstimates.pdf, pg 20  McGuire, Leslie, Meehan, Kate. (2014, March). The Role of Free Clinics in the Era of Health Reform. http://www.safetynetcenter.org/sites/default/files/images/The%20Role%20of% 20Free%20Clinics%20in%20the%20Era%20of%20Health%20Reform.pdf, pg 3 2 Ibid., pg 3