To improve the overall quality, efficiency, and value of the health care services provided by the nation’s health centers, and to celebrate their recent achievements in providing care to more than 28 million patients, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) provides Quality Improvement Awards (QIA). These awards recognize the highest performing health centers nationwide as well as those health centers that have made significant quality improvement gains from the previous year.
The QIA support HRSA’s strategic goal to improve access to quality health care and services and supports the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS) goal of promoting a value-based payment system by improving the quality, breadth of services, modernization, efficiency, and overall value of primary health care delivered by health centers.
In FY 2019, the HHS announced nearly $107 million in Quality Improvement Awards to 1,273 health centers across all U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia. Health centers will use these one-time grant funds to expand their achievements in clinical quality improvement, care delivery efficiency, and the overall value of health care in the communities they serve.
Crescent Community Health Center is thrilled be the recipient of the Health Center Quality Leader and Clinical Quality Improvers Awards, given by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). As a Health Center Quality Leader, Crescent achieved the best overall clinical performance among all health centers, placing in the top 30 percent of the adjusted quartile rankings for clinical quality measures. The Clinical Quality Improvers Award recognizes that Crescent demonstrated at least a 15% improvement on a clinical quality measure from 2017-2018.
“It was so exciting to be attending the National Community Health Issues Forum in Chicago when the National Quality awards were announced on August 20th! This grant nationally recognizes the great work Crescent is doing as a Clinical Quality Improver and Health Center Quality Leader as compared to benchmarks and our peers,” said Gary Collins, Crescent’s Chief Executive Officer. “The award further underscores our continued focus to build our culture of quality as recognized by our accrediting agency, HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration). I am extremely proud of our clinical and support staff for their efforts to continuously improve in these areas, and the efforts to move these measures even more positively through quality systems, workflows and tools underway.”