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HRSA Introduces New Quality Improvement Website

In late June, HRSA’s Office of Health IT and Quality and Office of Communications launched the redesigned HRSA’s Quality Improvement (QI) website. This new website aggregates HRSA’s Bureau and Office’s QI resources, as well as QI information from HRSA’s Federal and non-Federal partners.

Some of the site features include:

HRSA Quality Improvement Grantee Spotlight
This month, HRSA’s Quality Improvement Program is highlighting the Primary Care Systems of West Virginia’s (PCSWV) quality improvement work and the success of their health center’s pain management program. PCSWV has instituted a strategic and effective approach for reducing prescription drug abuse among their patient population. This quality improvement initiative allowed PCSWV to create a safe and accountable environment for clinical staff to legitimately identify and treat patients with both acute and chronic pain.

HRSA Health IT Grantee Spotlight
This month HRSA highlights the William F. Ryan Community Health Network on their use of health information technology for integrated HIV testing. In 2006, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued new guidelines for all healthcare providers on integrated HIV/AIDS testing. The Ryan Network uses workflow analysis to streamline and evaluate the new changes in how clinical and non-clinical staff provides patient care, and while meeting the CDC’s new guidelines. In addition, The Ryan Network’s workflow analysis has allowed them to create a HIV Lab Template for electronically entering information into the patient’s electronic health record, which provides the staff a multitude of clinical and administrative benefits.

Meaningful Use Roundup
 This webpage provides safety net providers a technical assistance resource for helping them understand how to qualify for CMS’s EHR Incentive Program in this area.

HRSA Quality Improvement News Items

HRSA Health IT News Items
Turning the Patient-Centered Medical Home From Concept to Reality
HHS: HHS Announces Initiative to Stimulate Adoption of EHRs in Minority Communities 
CMS: CMS Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Issues New FAQs for Tribal Clinics and FQHCs

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