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HHS Awards Funding to Reward, Expand Quality Improvement in Health Centers

Tuesday, December 9, 2014  
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Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $36.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 1,113 Health Centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and seven U.S. Territories to recognize Health Center quality improvement achievements and invest in ongoing quality improvement activities. The Health Centers receiving awards are proven leaders in areas such as chronic disease management, preventive care, and the use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to report quality data.

Among the awaredees are 29 Michigan Health Centers, which are receiving a total of $798,223 in funding in one or more of the following four categories:

  • Health center quality leaders among the top 30 percent of all Health Centers that achieved the best overall clinical outcomes, demonstrating their ability to focus on quality in all aspects of their clinical operations

  • National quality leaders received awards for exceeding national clinical benchmarks (Healthy People 2020 objectives and health center national averages) for chronic disease management, preventive care, and perinatal/prenatal care, demonstrating the critical role that health centers play in promoting higher quality health care nationwide

  • Clinical quality improvers received awards if they demonstrated at least a 10 percent improvement in clinical quality measures between 2012 and 2013, showing a significant improvement in the health of the patients they serve
  • Electronic Health Record reporters received funding if they used EHRs to report clinical quality measure data on all of their patients, a key transformational step in driving quality improvement for all health center patients across the nation

Click here to access the full press release from HHS.

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