• Health Center-Controlled Networks: Advancing Health Care Quality Through Health Information Technology at Community Health Centers

      Poker, Anna (2014)
      Introduction and Background: Health Center-Controlled Networks (HCCNs) are consortia of community health centers (HCs) funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In December 2012, HRSA funded 37 HCCNs to advance health care quality through health information technology (health IT). The HCCN program, which totals $20 million/year for an expected three year project period, has three main goals: 1) to advance the adoption of certified electronic health records (EHRs,) 2) to promote the participation of eligible providers (EPs) in the EHR incentive program from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services commonly known as "Meaningful Use," and 3) to improve quality through achieving Healthy People 2020 goals and through recognition of HCs as Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs).