Crescent Receives Four Quality Improvement Awards from the Health Resources and Services Administration
To improve the overall quality, efficiency and value of the healthcare services provided by the nation’s health centers, and to celebrate their recent achievements in providing care to nearly 30 million patients, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) provides Quality Improvement Awards.
HRSA’s quality improvement awards recognize the highest performing health centers nationwide as well as those health centers that have made significant quality improvements from the previous year.
Health centers are recognized for achievements in various areas:
- Improving cost-efficient care delivery;
- Increasing quality of care;
- Reducing health disparities;
- Increasing both the number of patients served;
- Increasing patients’ ability to access comprehensive services;
- Advancing the use of health information technology; and
- Achieving patient-centered medical home recognition.
Health centers deliver comprehensive care to people who are low-income, uninsured or face other obstacles to getting healthcare. On top of the safety-net that they provide, health centers have been on the front lines preventing and responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency, including providing more than 3 million COVID-19 tests. Health centers continue to provide essential services for our nation’s most vulnerable and medically underserved populations, including those who often do not have access to care, before, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS’) announced more than $117 million in quality improvement awards to 1,318 health centers across all U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia. HRSA-funded health centers will use these funds to further strengthen quality improvement activities and expand quality primary health care service delivery.
Crescent Community Health Center is delighted be the recipient of the Health Center Quality Leader, Clinical Quality Improvers, Advancing Health Information Technology for Quality, and Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition Awards resulting in more than $77,000 in funds given by HRSA and HHS’.
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 2018 - 2019. The Advancing Health Information Technology (HIT) for Quality Award acknowledges Crescent for optimized HIT services for advancing telehealth, patient engagement, interoperability and collection of social determinants of health to increase access to care and advance quality of care between 2018 and 2019. Lastly, the Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition recognizes Crescent’s patient centered medical home (PCMH). The PCMH model ensures care delivery coordinated through a primary care provider which ensures necessary care when and where the patient needs it and in a manner they can understand.
“Our care model ensures preventive actions and patient education which promote a higher quality outcomes,” said Gary Collins, CEO. “I believe the 2019 award recognizes this successful focus and the grant will enable us to continually refine efforts. Congratulations to the team for their efforts towards a healthier community!”