Health Center Controlled Networks Technical Assistance

About the FY 2016 Health Center Controlled Networks

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Health Center Controlled Networks funding opportunity supports health centers in achieving meaningful use of ONC-certified electronic health records (EHRs), adopting technology-enabled quality improvement strategies, and engaging in health information exchange (HIE) to strengthen the quality of care and improve patient health outcomes.  HRSA plans to award approximately $33 million dollars to an estimated 45 Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs).  This funding opportunity is authorized by section 330(e) of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 254b, as amended).

Eligible Applicants

Applicants must be either:

  • A practice management network (HCCN) that is majority controlled and, as applicable, at least majority owned by Health Center Program award recipients; or
  • A health center funded for at least the two consecutive preceding years as a Health Center Program award recipient applying on behalf of an HCCN. The HCCN must: (1) be majority controlled and, as applicable, at least majority owned by Health Center Program award recipients, and (2) have its own governing board, independent of the boards of its health center members.

See Section III of the funding opportunity announcement (HRSA-16-010) for full eligibility criteria.

How to Apply

To apply for this funding opportunity, current registrations must be held in DUNS, SAM, Grants.gov, and the HRSA Electronic Handbooks (EHB).

Application components must be submitted via Grants.gov and EHB. Applications are due in Grants.gov by February 1, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET and in EHB by March 1, 2016 at 5:00 PM ET.

Application instructions are provided in the funding opportunity announcement which is only available via these steps:

  • Go to http://www.grants.gov.
  • Select the Search Grants tab.
  • Type HRSA-16-010 in the Funding Opportunity Number field and click the Search button.
  • Select HRSA-16-010 from the Matching Results.
  • Click the Package tab.
  • Under Actions, click Select Package.
  • Enter your email or check the box to indicate that you would not like to provide your email address and click the Submit button.
  • Click the Download Application Instruction link to download the funding opportunity announcement.
  • Click the Download Application Package link to download the Grants.gov application form.

Project Requirements

  • Award recipients will respond to health centers’ individual health IT needs by leveraging:
    • Economies of scale, such as group purchasing power and shared resources, staff, infrastructure, and training;
    • Data and analytic expertise that supports quality measurement and improvement; and
    • Diverse experiences, including knowledge of multiple health IT products and vendors, and the ability to pool and apply lessons learned across providers.
  • Award recipients will help health centers achieve meaningful use of EHRs as defined by the CMS EHR Incentive Programs.
  • Applications must propose at least two activities to achieve each of the following required goals.

Core Objective A: Health IT Implementation and Meaningful Use

Goal A1: Increase the percentage of Participating Health Centers with an ONC-certified EHR system in use.

Goal A2: Increase the percentage of Meaningful Use eligible providers at Participating Health Centers receiving incentive payments from CMS for meeting Meaningful Use requirements.

Core Objective B: Data Quality and Reporting

Goal B1: Increase the percentage of Participating Health Centers that electronically extract data from an EHR to report all UDS Clinical Quality Measure data on all of their patients.

Goal B2: Increase the percentage of Participating Health Centers generating quality improvement reports at the site and clinical team levels.

Goal B3: Increase the percentage of Participating Health Centers that integrate data from different service types and/or providers (e.g., behavioral health, oral health).

Core Objective C: Health Information Exchange (HIE) and Population Health Management

Goal C1: Increase the percentage of Participating Health Centers that improve care coordination through health information exchange with unaffiliated providers or entities.

Goal C2: Increase the percentage of Participating Health Centers using health information exchange to support population health management.

Core Objective D: Quality Improvement

Goal D1: Increase the percentage of Participating Health Centers that meet or exceed Healthy People 2020 goals on at least five selected UDS Clinical Quality Measures.

Goal D2: Increase the percentage of Participating Health Centers that improved the value, efficiency, and/or effectiveness of health center services.

Goal D3: Increase the percentage of Participating Health Center sites that have current PCMH recognition.

Application Component Examples

The Health Center Controlled Networks application is completed in both Grants.gov and EHB by uploading files and entering information directly into application forms, as instructed in the funding opportunity announcement. The below examples are for demonstration and applicant planning purposes only.

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Contacts

Program Information
HCCN Team
HRSA, Bureau of Primary Health Care
Office of Program and Policy Development
301-594-4300 | bphchccn@hrsa.gov

Budget Information
Christie Walker
HRSA, Office of Federal Assistance Management
Division of Grants Management Operations
301-443-7742 | cwalker@hrsa.gov

EHB Application Assistance
877-974-2742 | BPHC Helpline Web Form