Three-year program will provide technology support to 40 LA health
LOS ANGELES – July 26, 2016 – The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Health and Human Resources Administration (HRSA) announced that the Community Clinic Association of Los Angele County (CCALAC) is the recipient of a multi-year Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN) award. CCALAC will receive $1.25 million a year under the three year program, making it one of the largest programs in the nation.
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced more than $36 million in funding for 50 Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs) in 41 states and Puerto Rico. This increase in health information technology support will help over 1,020 participating health center organizations improve access to care, enhance quality of care and achieve cost efficiencies through the redesign of practices to integrate services and optimize patient outcomes.
The networks promote enhanced information sharing and support health centers in achieving the requirements of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs using Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)-certified EHRs, adopting technology-enabled quality improvement strategies, and engaging in health information exchange.
“Health Center Controlled Networks are a key tool in providing quality primary care to medically underserved communities,” said Secretary Burwell. “By using these networks, individual health centers can work together to share resources, leverage buying power, and improve access to health information technology, leading to a better care experience for vulnerable populations.”
With this new funding, CCALAC will support 40 Los Angeles community health center organizations in strengthening their quality of care and improving their patient health outcomes. These health centers operate approximately 202 locations serving more than 819,000 patients each year. Specifically, CCALAC will help participating health centers: (1) adopt and implement certified electronic health record technology; (2) enhance comprehensive, integrated data collection, analysis, and reporting; (3) meet the requirements of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs; and (4) improve clinical and operational quality, reduce health disparities, and improve population health through health information technology.
“We are excited to expand our efforts to help health centers advance the quality of health care in Los Angeles County,” said Louise McCarthy, CCALAC’s President and CEO. “This critical investment allows CCALAC to build upon the success of our existing HCCN program, which comes to a close this summer. Under that project, 100% of participating clinics implemented a 2014 Certified EHR system, and 81% received Patient Centered Medical Home recognition. All participants met or exceeded at least one Healthy People 2020 benchmark, and 74% met or exceeded at least four benchmarks. We will continue to leverage the success of our earlier work, and partner with the other network grantees, our Primary Care Association and other key partners such as HITEC-LA, our Regional Extension Center, to maximize our efforts over the course of the new project.”
Four other networks in California in addition to CCALAC received funding to support health centers in Orange County, San Diego, Napa/Sonoma Valley, and San Joaquin Valley.
THE COMMUNITY CLINIC ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of nonprofit community and free clinics in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 58 members that operate nearly 300 clinic sites throughout the County. These clinics serve nearly 1.4 million patients per year, the majority of whom are uninsured or underinsured. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services. For more information about CCALAC, visit www.ccalac.org or call (213) 201-6500.
Alex Medina, Communications Specialist, (213) 201-6529
Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County
700 S. Flower Street, Suite 3150, Los Angeles, CA 90017