Clinical and Financial Performance Measures

HRSA-funded health centers are evaluated on a set of performance measures emphasizing health outcomes and the value of care delivered. These measures provide a balanced, comprehensive look at a health center’s services toward common conditions affecting underserved communities.

Performance measures align with national standards and are commonly used by Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance and managed care organizations. All grantees report these measures in the Uniform Data System, and are included in the Clinical and Financial Measure for Service Area Competition and Budget Period Renewal grant opportunities.

Grantees establish quality and performance goals for their organization, and assess their progress through this process. HRSA collects this data to demonstrate the value of the Health Center Program and minimize the grantee reporting burden.

Quality of Care

Quality of Care measures document services that correlate with positive, long-term health outcomes. Timely and routine preventive care often improves an individual’s health status. We can expect improve the future health status of the patient population by increasing the proportion of health center patients receiving timely preventative care, and routine acute and chronic care.

Health Outcomes and Disparities

Health Outcomes and Disparities measures document impact of clinical intervention to project positive, long-term health outcomes. These measures focus specifically on low birthweight, controlled hypertension, and controlled diabetes.

Financial Viability/Costs

Financial Costs measures cover the total costs attributable to the reporting period, including depreciation, regardless of when the payments were made.