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Community Health Centers achieve HRSA quality measures, receive $2.2 million in additional funds


Kentucky’s Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), or Community Health Centers as they are commonly called, are getting an additional $2.2 million in federal funding this year. The extra funds are incentives for reaching performance and quality measures set by the federal government for FQHC facilities.

“This designation underscores the quality and value that these essential facilities provide to Kentucky’s healthcare system,” said David Bolt, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Kentucky Primary Care Association (KPCA). “Our member health centers care for nearly 540,000 patients throughout the state. We are extremely proud of the quality care they provide to patients.”

Three community health centers, Park DuValle, Big Sandy Health Care, and Mountain Comprehensive Care Center, were recognized as national quality leaders within the FQHC system. The designation means those health centers are ranked in the top 1-2 percent of all centers in the country in one or more quality measures which include behavioral health, diabetes health and heart health.

Here’s a breakdown of the total federal funding awards of $2,184,889 to 23 health centers:

· National Quality Leaders: 3 health centers received awards totaling $138,534
· Clinical Quality Improvers: 13 health centers received awards totaling $371,394
· Health Center Quality Leaders: 13 health centers received awards totaling $522,386
· Access Enhancers: 7 health centers received awards totaling $92,000
· Value Enhancers: 2 health centers received awards totaling $57,500
· Health Disparities Reducers: 7 health centers received awards totaling $108,675
· Advancing Health Information Technology (HIT) for Quality: 22 health centers received awards totaling $179,400
· Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition: 16 health centers received awards totaling $715,000

The full list of health centers selected for the additional funding, along with the quality improvement measures they achieved, is available at the HRSA website at bphc.hrsa.gov.

From Kentucky Primary Care Association

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