The Health Resources and Services Administration has announced new grants designed to improve the quality of care at community health centers through implementation and adoption of health information technology.
A total of $3 million in Affordable Care Act funds will support six health center networks that reach more than 100 health centers nationwide.
The grants will support the adoption and meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology and technology-enabled quality-improvement strategies in health centers. Meaningful-use standards were established by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to govern the use of EHR and allow providers to earn incentive payments by meeting specific criteria (www.healthit.gov/policy-researchers-implementers/meaningful-use).
The networks, each comprised of at least 10 collaborating health center organizations, are designed to promote enhanced sharing of information and expertise and to address key operational and clinical needs.
The six grantees are Community Health Centers Alliance, Inc., St. Petersburg, Fla. ($400,000); Georgia Association for Primary Health Care, Decatur. ($625,000); Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, Inc., Boston ($700,000); North Carolina Community Health Center Association, Raleigh ($550,000); Health Center Network of New York, Inc., New York City ($400,000); Public Health Management Corporation, Philadelphia ($399,091).
These grants are in addition to the $18 million awarded to 37 health center networks in December 2012: www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2012tables/121220healthcenternetworks.html.