The Ohio Association of Community Health Centers was awarded the Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN) Grant by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). HCCNs, as described as HRSA are, “networks of health centers working together to improve access to care, enhance quality of care, and achieve cost efficiencies through the provision of management, financial, administrative, technological and clinical support services.”
You can find more information about HCCN's on HRSA's webpage.
The grant specific to Ohio includes 15 health centers throughout the state of Ohio. The general goals of the grant are:
Support Health Centers in achieving Meaningful Use
Adopting Technology – Enabled Quality Improvement Strategies
Engaging in a Health Information Exchange
Strengthen quality of care and patient outcomes
Goals and Timeline
A1 Increase the percentage of participating Health Centers with an ONC-Certified EMR system in use to 100%.
Activity 1. Jan - May 17
- Leverage the networks purchasing power to obtain cost savings on ONC-Certified EHR Systems.
Activity 2. April - Aug 17
- Provide virtual technical assistance to help participating Health Centers implement newly purchased EHR, including staff training.
Activity 3. Jan - May 17
- Assist participating Health Centers with obtaining and maintaining broadband connectivity necessary to support meaningful use of HIT.
A2 Increase the percentage of Meaningful Use eligible providers at participating health centers receiving incentive payments from CMS for meeting Meaningful Use requirements to 85%.
Activity 1. Jan 17 - Dec 18
- Leverage the existing eligible providers within the network who are not yet eligible, recruiting mentors who will work with non-eligible providers throughout the process.
Activity 2. Sept 17- Dec 18
- Leverage resources to support workflow redesigns which align with MU requirements.
Activity 3. Sept 17- Dec 18
- Assist eligible providers at participating Health Centers in completing required attestation documentation for the CMS EHR Incentive Program.
B1 Increase the percentage of participating health centers that electronically extract data from an EHR to report all UDS Clinical Quality Measure Data on all of their patients to 75%.
Activity 1. Jan-June 17
- Support participating Health Centers’ analysis of their data collection, management, analysis of their data collection, management, analysis and reporting process.
Activity 2. Jun – Dec 17
- Support integrating health IT data essential to participating Health Centers caring for safety-net populations (registries, quality measures, UDS reporting).
B2 Increase the percentage of participating Health Centers generating quality improvement reports at the site and clinical team levels
Activity 1. Jan – Dec 18
- Support health IT system customization to address the unique needs of the participating Health Centers through data collection template design.
Activity 2. Jun – Dec 17
- Train participating Health Center staff to develop and utilize QI reports.
B3 Increase the percentage of participating Health Centers that integrate data from different service types and or providers (e.g. behavioral health, oral health)
Activity 1. May 17- May 18
- Support integration of clinical information from diverse health care services (e.g. BH, Oral Health) by facilitating the customization of Participating Health Centers EHR systems.
Activity 2. Jan – Dec 18
- Coordinate data migration and abstraction training.
C1 Increase the percentage of participating Health Centers that improve care coordination through health information exchange with unaffiliated providers or entities.
Activity 1. June 17- Dec 18
- Support connecting more centers to the Ohio Health Information Exchanges (Clinisync and Health Bridge).
Activity 2. June 17- June 18
- Support HIE infrastructure development to improve care coordination including electronic labs, ePrescribing, immunization registries and surveillance data reporting.
C2 Increase the percentage of participating Health Centers using health information exchange to support population health
Activity 1. July 18- July 19
- Support participating Health Centers in deploying HE for population health.
Activity 2. Jan 18- July 19
- Support participating Health Centers in using health information from various care settings to improve population health management activities.
Activity 3. July 18- July 19
- Support participating Health Centers in using information on social determinants of health to improve population health management activities
D1 Increase the percentage of participating Health Centers that meet or exceed Health People 2020 goals on at least five selected UDS Clinical Quality measures
Activity 1. Aug 17- Aug 18
- Support participating Health Centers in developing data collection and reporting processes that foster real-time use of clinical data.
Activity 2. Aug 17- Aug 18
- Train participating Health Centers to integrate data from EHR and other Health IT systems to improve quality and manage risk.
D2 Increase the percentage of participating Health Centers that improved the value, efficiency and or effectiveness of health center services
Activity 1. Aug 16- Aug 18
- Support participating Health Centers in integrating data from health IT systems into business policies and procedures .
Activity 2. Aug 16- Aug 18
- Support participating Health Centers in developing strategies to manage costs and increase efficiency using health IT.
D3 Increase the percentage of participating Health Centers sites that have current PCMH recognition
Activity 1. Jan 18- Jan 19
- Support participating Health Centers’ provision of self-care support and community resources through health IT systems.
Activity 2. July 18 – July 19
- Support participating Health Centers use of health IT systems culturally and linguistically appropriate services.
Activity 3. Jan 18- Jan 19
- Support participating Health Centers’ use of health IT systems to support the integration of social determinants of health into PCMH strategies.