Qual IT Health Center Control Network (HCCN)

Background

In 2013, HealthEfficient (formerly the Health Center Network of New York [HCNNY]) and DCPCA joined forces to become a Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN).  Our HCCN, named “Qual IT”, is comprised of 26 FQHCs from DC, New York, and several other states.

Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs) are groups of health centers working together to address operational and clinical challenges related to the use of health information technology (HIT). HCCNs support the Federal Health Information Technology Strategic Plan by helping health centers improve access to care, enhance quality of care, and achieve cost efficiencies through the redesign of practices.

HCCNs provide specialized technical and training assistance to participating health centers to leverage economies of scale, such as group purchasing power, shared resources and training, and data analytics expertise to support quality measurement and improvement, and the ability to share and apply lessons learned across providers.

Core Activities

Qual IT leverages the expertise of HealthEfficient, DCPCA staff, and our 26 participating health centers. Through our HCCN “Qual IT”, DCPCA and HealthEfficient provide one-on-one and group-level technical assistance and training to assist participating health centers to:

  • Enhance comprehensive, integrated data collection, analysis, and reporting including performance measures;
    • In partnership with Heckman Consulting and their support of the BridgeIT data tool, our teams produce monthly quality metric dashboards that allow for comparison of performance across all participating health centers. This supports the identification of health center leaders and their best practices.
  • Improve clinical and operational quality to reduce health disparities and improve patient and population health outcomes through the use of health information technology;
  • Provide peer support for knowledge sharing on best clinical and business practices.
    • We convene QualIT members monthly as part of a Clinical Committee to discuss quality improvement initiatives regarding diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer screening.
    • We design and facilitate a two-day conference twice a year (Spring and Fall) that covers an array of topics critical to health center sustainability and improvement.
  • Develop health information exchange (HIE) infrastructure to improve care coordination and manage population health; and
  • Meet the requirements of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs and Meaningful Use requirements.

How to Get Involved

Health center staff are welcome to join our monthly Clinical Committee call or attend our Qual IT conferences

For more information on Qual IT, please contact our Director of Quality Improvement, Megan Loucks at mloucks@dcpca.org.