August 27, 2015
The Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness has received four Health Center Quality Improvement Awards and the largest monetary award given to any center in Virginia by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
The coalition received a total of $147,771. That is part of $63.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding awarded to 1,153 health centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and seven U.S. Territories to recognize health center achievements in providing high quality, comprehensive care, according to a news release.
The coalition operates the Bassett Family Practice.
“Today’s funding rewards those health centers that are achieving the highest levels of clinical quality performance and improvement,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae. “The awards will help health centers continue to provide comprehensive primary care to the nation’s most vulnerable communities.”
The coalition’s funds were broken down as follows, according to the release:
• $70,000 presented to high value centers. These are health centers that improved cost efficient care delivery compared to the national average while also increasing quality of care and improving access to comprehensive services between 2013 and 2014.
• $40,000 awarded to access enhancers. These are health centers that increased the total number of patients served and the number of patients receiving comprehensive services between 2013 and 2014.
• $31,886 awarded to health center quality leaders. This includes centers that have the highest clinical performance compared to their health center peers using risk adjusted quartile rankings.
• $5,886 given to clinical quality improvers. Such centers have demonstrated improvements in one or more clinical measures.
Health centers awarded funds will use them to expand quality improvement systems and infrastructure and to improve primary care service delivery in their communities, the release stated.
“These funds will allow high performing health centers to continue to deliver better, smarter care to their patients,” said HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care Acting Associate Administrator Tonya Bowers.
Barbara Jackman, executive director of the Martinsville-Henry County Coalition on Health and Wellness, said no decision has been made yet on how to spend the money awarded to the coalition. Its board will meet next in late September, she added.
Allyson Rothrock, president of the Harvest Foundation which provides funds for the Coalition on Health and Wellness, praised Jackman, her team and their accomplishments.
“Barbara and her team have built a community based system that consistently and effectively serves our population with high quality health care services. They are laser focused on accessible, enhanced and expanded quality care. Her team constantly pushes the bar upwards and is ever aware of the constantly changing landscape. These accolades are more than warranted,” Rothrock said.
Awards also were presented to electronic health records (HER) reporters, which went to health centers that report clinical measures on the full universe of patients using EHR, and to national quality leaders, which are health centers that are the highest performers compared to national standards and benchmarks in key clinical areas.
HRSA is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency responsible for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable.
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