8 RI & 3 MA Health Centers awarded $1.01M

Posted August 16, 2017

PROVIDENCE – Eight health centers in Rhode Island were awarded a combined $1.01 million of Heath Quality Improvement FY 2017 Grant awards, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday.

The centers were recipients of eight separate awards for: Electronic Health Record Reporters, Clinical Quality Improvers, Health Center Quality Leaders, National Quality Leaders, Access Enhancers, High Value Health Centers, Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition and Heath Equity Advancers. The awards were primarily based on fiscal year 2017 performance.

“Americans deserve a health care system that’s affordable, accessible, of the highest quality, with ample choices, driven by world-leading innovations, and responsive to the needs of the individual patient,” said U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price. “Supporting health centers across the country helps to achieve that mission.”

The eight Rhode Island health centers receiving Heath Quality Improvement FY 2017 Grant Awards were:

Providence Community Health Centers Inc. received $242,382 as an EHR reporter, a clinical quality improver, a health center quality leader, an access enhancer, for addressing health disparities and for PCMH recognition.

Blackstone Valley Community Heath Care Inc. received $161,411 as an EHR reporter, clinical quality improver, heath care quality leader, an access enhancer, for addressing health disparities and for PCMH recognition.

East Bay Community Action Program received $122,029 as an EHR reporter, a clinical quality improver, a health center quality leader, an access enhancer, for addressing health disparities and for PCMH recognition.

Northwest Community Health Center received $118,098 as an EHR reporter, health center quality leader, national quality leader and for PCMH recognition.

Tri-Town Economic Opportunity Committee received $105,093 as an EHR reporter, clinical quality improver and for PCMH recognition.

Thundermist Health Center received $97,907 as an EHR reporter, a health center quality leader and for PCMH recognition.

Comprehensive Community Action Inc. was awarded $95,096 as a clinical quality improver, a health center quality leader, an access enhancer and for PCMH recognition.

Wood River Health Services Inc. received $64,238 as a clinical quality improver, health center quality leader and for PCMH recognition.

In Bristol County, Mass., three health centers were awarded Heath Quality Improvement FY 2017 Grant Awards:

Manet Community Health Center Inc. which is based in Milton, but has an office in Taunton, was awarded $136,799 as an EHR reporter, health center quality leader, an access enhancer, for work addressing health disparities and for PCMH recognition.

Greater New Bedford Community Health Center Inc. received $93,451 as an EHR reporter, clinical quality improver, health center leader, and for PCMH recognition.

Healthfirst Family Care Center Inc. in Fall River received $53,080 as a clinical quality improver, an access enhancer, and for PCMH recognition.

The requirements for each award is as follows:

  • Electronic Health Record Reporters– for health centers that employed EHRs to report on all clinical quality measures data for all health center’s patients
  • Clinical Quality Improvers – for health centers that demonstrated notable improvement in one or more CQM between 2014 and 2015
  • Health Center Quality Leaders – for health centers that achieved the best overall clinical performance among all health centers
  • National Quality Leaders – for health centers that exceeded national clinical quality benchmarks, including Healthy People 2020 goals, for chronic disease management, preventative care and perinatal/prenatal care
  • Access Enhancers – for health centers that increased the total number of patients served and the number of patients receiving comprehensive services between 2014-2015
  • High Value Health Centers – for health centers that delivered better, smarter, healthier care by improving cost-efficient care delivery compared to the national average while also increasing quality of care and improving access to comprehensive services
  • PCMH Recognition – for health centers that achieved PCMH recognition for their service delivery sites
  • Heath Equity Advancers (addressing health disparities) – for health centers that met or exceeded Healthy People 2020 goals by each race/ethnic group, or made marked advances in moving each race/ethnic group towards healthy people 2020 goals.

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.