September 18, 2019 – The U.S. Health Services and Resource Administration (HRSA) recently announced $107 million in Quality Improvement Awards (QIA’s) has been awarded to 1,273 health centers across nearly all U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia. Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), health centers will use these awards to improve the quality, efficiency, and value of the health care they provide.
These awards recognize the work that health centers do to address health priorities by designating health centers that ranked in the top 1-2% in one or more key areas—behavioral health, diabetes prevention and management, and heart health—as National Quality Leaders. The top 30% of health centers that achieve the best overall clinical performance receive designation as Health Center Quality Leaders. These awards also recognize health center achievements in other areas, including improving cost-efficient care delivery while also increasing quality of care, reducing health disparities, increasing both the number of patients served and patients’ ability to access comprehensive services, advancing the use of health information technology, and delivering patient-centered care.
Cherry Health received more than $220,000 in Health Center Quality Improvement Grant Awards from HRSA. As a Health Center Quality Leader, Cherry Health achieved the best overall clinical performance among all health centers at the Silver Level (top 11-20%) for clinical quality measures (CQMs) in 2018.
Cherry Health is being recognized for achievements in the following categories:
- Health Center Quality Leaders: Achieved the best overall clinical performance among all health centers at the Silver Level (top 11-20%) for clinical quality measures (CQMs) in 2018.
- Clinical Quality Improvers: Demonstrated at least 15% improvement on a clinical quality measure (CQM) from 2017 to 2018.
- Advancing Health Information Technology (HIT) for Quality Awards: Recognized health centers that utilized five HIT services and/or telehealth services to increase access to care and advance quality of care between 2017 and 2018.
- Achieving Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition: Recognized health centers with patient centered medical home (PCMH) recognition in one or more delivery sites.
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