Health centers can tap into $90 million in federal grants to improve data collection


the Joe Biden The administration is making $90 million available to federally licensed health centers to help them transition to new reporting requirements that have been redesigned to collect more and better data on the social determinants of health.

The grants are administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and are funded by US rescue plan dollars.

“HRSA’s funding has helped our nation’s health centers become leaders in harnessing the latest technology and data to deliver high-quality care to people and communities that have been historically underserved,” said the President. administrator of HRSA. carol johnson mentioned.

She added that the funds “will help health centers modernize their data tools to improve equitable access to care and continue to better meet the needs of the communities and patients they serve.”

HRSA-supported health centers provide services to underserved populations and low-income individuals and families. Almost 63% of the patients treated in the clinics belong to racial or ethnic minorities.

Centers are required to report information to the federal government on patient characteristics, services provided, clinical processes, health outcomes, staffing, patient use of services, and costs and expenses. income. But the new reporting rules move what centers are required to report from the facility level to the patient level.

The changes aim to increase the granularity of data collected by taking advantage of advances in health information technology and aligning with other interoperability standards and reporting requirements in other healthcare programs. federally funded healthcare.

The government has established a technical support page. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on May 23.

The HRSA has awarded about $7 billion in grants since March 2021, when the US bailout was passed. To date, Florida Centers have accessed more than $400 million of the total granted.

In April 2021, 47 health centers approved by the federal government drawn from over $368 million to support and expand COVID-19 vaccination, testing and treatment for populations most at risk of contracting COVID-19. At the same time, it was announced that the Association of Community Health Centers of Florida received a Grant of $329,833 to help educate qualified centers.

And in September 2021, the HRSA announced 45 centers in Florida has received $39.7 million in grants to support capital improvements and new construction.

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