The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Mainline Health Systems $138,674 as an investment in quality improvement, building upon Mainline’s 2016 achievements, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Mainline will use the funds to further improve the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of the health care delivered to the communities it serves.
“Americans deserve a healthcare 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. Supporting health centers across the country helps to achieve that mission,” U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Dr. Thomas E. Price said in the news release announcing awards of nearly $105 million to health centers across the nation.
Twelve health centers in Arkansas received grants totaling $1,117,894.
Mainline received its grant award for high-level performance in the following areas:
$10,500 — Electronic Health Record Reporters – employed EHRs to report on all clinical quality measures (CQM) data for all of the health center’s patients.
$9,287 — Clinical Quality Improvers – demonstrated notable improvement in one or more CQMs between 2015 and 2016.
$21,887 — Health Center Quality Leaders – achieved the best overall clinical performance among all health centers. Only four health centers in Arkansas received this award.
$10,500 — Enhancing Access to Care – increased the total number of patients served and the number of patients receiving comprehensive services between 2015 and 2016.
$31,500 — Addressing Health Disparities – met or exceeded Healthy People 2020 goals by each race/ethnic group, or made marked advances in moving each race/ethnic group towards the Healthy People 2020 goals. Only six health centers in Arkansas received this award and Mainline received the largest award.
$55,000 — Achieving PCMH Recognition – went to health centers that achieved PCMH recognition for their service delivery sites.
“Today’s awards will help health centers to provide their communities with high quality, affordable primary care,” said HRSA Administrator Dr. George Sigounas. “Quality care remains a critical trait of the Health Center Program, especially because health centers are treating more patients than ever before.”
HRSA also released new data compiled from health centers through its Uniform Data System reporting, providing an update on the primary care services being provided to patients. In 2016, nearly 26 million people (approximately 1 in 12 U.S. residents) relied on a HRSA-funded health center for affordable, accessible primary health care including:
One in three people living in poverty;
One in ten U.S. children 17 years or younger;
One in six U.S. rural residents; and
More than 330,000 U.S. veterans.
For more than 50 years, health centers have delivered affordable, accessible, quality, and cost-effective primary health care services to patients. Today, nearly 1,400 health centers operate more than 10,400 service delivery sites nationwide.