Heartland awarded quality improvement grant from HRSA

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced on Tuesday, August 25 that Heartland Community Health Center will be awarded $133,036 in Affordable Care Act funding. The funds, totaling $63.3 million, were awarded by HRSA to 1,153 health centers across the country for achievements in providing high quality, comprehensive care. Heartland, one of fourteen health centers in Kansas to be awarded funds, will receive the largest amount in the state.

“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.”

Health centers receiving these funds are being recognized for high levels of performance in various categories. Heartland is being awarded for:

  • Reporting clinical measures on the full universe of patients using electronic health records ($15,000)

  • Demonstrating improvements in one or more clinical measures ($13,036)

  • Increasing the total number of patients it served and the number of patients receiving comprehensive services between 2013 and 2014 ($30,000)

  • Improving 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 ($75,000)

“We are thrilled to be acknowledged for the hard work of our dedicated team, but even more so for the high quality care we provide,” said Heartland CEO, Jon Stewart. “Many of our patients have complicated health conditions so the fact that our staff offers the highest quality care is a real testament to their clinical skills and superb level of patient engagement.”

Health centers like Heartland will use these funds to expand current quality improvement systems and infrastructure, and improve primary care service delivery in the communities they serve.

“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.

For a list of FY 2015 Quality Improvement Awards recipients, click here.

To learn more about HRSA’s Health Center Program, click here.

For more information on Heartland Community Health Center, visit heartlandhealth.org.

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