HHS awards $41,114 in Affordable Care Act funding to Family Health Network of Central New York, Inc. to reward and expand quality improvement in health centers

December 2014 – Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced $36.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 1,113 health centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and seven U.S. Territories to recognize health center quality improvement achievements and invest in ongoing quality improvement activities. The health centers receiving awards today are proven leaders in areas such as chronic disease management, preventive care and the use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to report quality data.

This funding rewards health centers that have a proven track record in clinical quality improvement, which translates to better patient care, and it allows them to expand and improve their systems and infrastructure to bring the highest quality primary care services to the communities they serve, said Secretary Burwell. With these funds, health centers in all 50 states will continue to provide access to high quality, comprehensive primary and preventive health care to the patients that need it the most.

Family Health Network of Central New York, Inc. is being recognized for high levels of quality performance in the following categories:

  • National quality leaders – Family Health Network received awards for exceeding national clinical benchmarks (Healthy People 2020 objectives and health center national averages) for chronic disease management, preventive care, and perinatal/prenatal care, demonstrating the critical role that health centers play in promoting higher quality health care nationwide.
  • Clinical quality improvers – Family Health Network received awards for demonstrating at least a 10 percent improvement in clinical quality measures between 2012 and 2013, and showing a significant improvement in the health of the patients they serve.

These funds reward and support those health centers that have taken steps to achieve the highest levels of clinical quality performance and improvement, said Health and Resources Administration (HRSA) Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N.

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