By Jessie Robertson, Quality Metrics Program Coordinator, Operational Excellence
As you may know, OCHIN, in partnership with Oregon Primary Care Association, received a Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN) award last year from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). PTSO has also received this same award. The HCCN award program runs from August 1, 2016 through July 31, 2019. We are excited to be able to join forces with other networks across the country.
Together, these two programs have allowed OCHIN and PTSO to partner with 64 federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs) and FQHC look-alikes as they work toward the Triple Aim. The HCCN award funding provides essential resources that will help OCHIN and PTSO support community health centers in efforts to:
- Increase knowledge and certified EHR use
- Maximize Meaningful Use and other incentive payments
- Improve data quality and electronic reporting
- Share best practices for generating and sharing Quality Improvement reports
- Use health information exchange (HIE) to improve care coordination and support population health management
- Meet Healthy People 2020 goals for UDS Clinical Quality Measures
- Achieve and maintain Patient‐Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition
- Improve clinical and business operations
With this HCCN funding, we are able to augment existing services and provide on-site practice facilitation support and individualized coaching, develop even more robust training materials and methods, and establish structures to encourage peer mentoring. This new body of work also extends Acuere QOL™, our data aggregation and population health management platform, to FQHC members of the Oregon Primary Care Association.
Since August, we have conducted individual assessments at all participating HCCN clinics. These assessments have highlighted areas of success and have identified potential best practices that could be shared with others. They have also showcased areas of need and helped paint a picture of what and where OCHIN might need to focus additional efforts. Overall, these 64 assessments have given us an individual picture of each clinic, along with an incredible amount of data. We have also written several improvement guides and guidebooks and hosted a breakout session at the OCHIN Learning Forum. Thank you to everyone who has participated and been involved so far!
Next up is individualized coaching and direct tailored support. We are looking forward to partnering with you as we work together to improve the health of the populations we serve! If you have questions about the HCCN award and services we can provide, please reach out to the contacts below:
For OCHIN member clinics: Jessie Robertson, firstname.lastname@example.org
For PTSO member clinics: Bekki Wilson, bwilson@PTSOWA.org