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Community Health Quality Recognition (CHQR) Frequently Asked Questions


What are the CHQR badges?

The CHQR badges recognize Health Center Program awardees and look-alikes (LALs) that have made notable quality improvement achievements in the areas of access, quality, health equity, and health information technology for the most recent UDS reporting period. In addition, COVID-19 badges were introduced to recognize health centers’ contributions to the public health emergency response in the areas of data collection, testing, and vaccinations.

What CHQR badges were awarded for the 2020 UDS reporting period?

Health Center Program awardees and LALs were recognized with the following CHQR badges:

  • Health Center Quality Leaders: 387
  • National Quality Leaders: 17
  • Access Enhancer Badge: 132
  • Health Disparities Reducer Badge: 98
  • Advancing Health Information Technology (HIT) for Quality Badge: 883
  • Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition: ;1,057
  • COVID-19
    • COVID-19 Data Reporter Badge: 413
    • COVID-19 Testing Badge: 306
    • COVID-19 Vaccinations Badge: 170

Health centers can be recognized in more than one area. Note that LALs were not eligible for Health Center Quality Leader badges for the 2020 reporting period. These badges are based on Health Center Adjusted Quartile Rankings (AQRs).

Is funding being awarded with CHQR badges?

The CHQR badges are not associated with supplemental funding. After more than five years of Quality Improvement Awards, BPHC is now shifting from funding health centers for past performance to recognizing quality, performance and accelerating future quality improvement and innovation activities through novel funding opportunities and initiatives.

Our new Quality Improvement Fund (QIF), for example, will leverage grants, prize challenges, and pay-for-performance opportunities with the aim to test, innovate, and collect insights and lessons learned. The first QIF opportunity is focused on Optimizing Virtual Care. The outcomes from these QIF opportunities will help inform development of quality improvement initiatives on a variety of topical areas across the Health Center Program.

Stay tuned for information about new opportunities through the Quality Improvement Fund.

What types of organizations were eligible for CHQR badges?

To be eligible for any CHQR badges, health centers must:

  • submit annual UDS data on time
  • use electronic health records (EHRs) to report on clinical quality measures and patient populations
  • resolve any progressive action conditions as of July 2021, and
  • be an active Health Center Program awardee or look-alike.

What were the criteria for the CHQR categories?

View the CHQR overview webinar (PDF - 2 MB) and on-demand recording for detailed information on eligibility criteria by badge category. Also, see the CHQR webpage for eligibility information.

Do you anticipate any changes to the CHQR badges awarded in 2022 for the 2021 UDS reporting period?

Some changes are anticipated for CHQR badges awarded in 2022 for the 2021 UDS reporting period.

  • Establishing benchmarks for clinical quality measures (CQM) for 2021–2023 UDS reporting periods.
  • Incorporating Look-Alikes (LALs) into Adjusted Quartile Rankings. As a result, LALs will be  eligible for Health Center Quality Leader badges.
  • Adding new CHQR badge categories. Anticipated new badge topics include HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, and addressing social risk factors to health.
  • Awarding one COVID-19 response badge using UDS-reported data on COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.
  • Adopting updated criteria for the Health Disparities Reducer badge.

More detailed information will be released closer to the 2021 UDS Data release.

How can I find out which health centers received CHQR badges?

View the CHQR Dashboard to see if your health center received a CHQR badge in 2021 for the 2020 Uniform Data System (UDS) reporting period. Users can also compare CHQR performance with other health centers and states, generate a list of health centers that received a specific CHQR badge, and view state- and national-level summaries on the dashboard.

Also view CHQR badge recipient information on the Health Center Program UDS Data webpages.

How can I find out which health centers received CHQR badges?

To see if your health center received a CHQR badge:

  1. Go to the Health Center Program Uniform Data System (UDS) Data Overview page.
  2. Select “Health Center Program Type” (choose awardee or look-alike) and the state/territory using the filter tools.
  3. Using your browser’s scroll button, scroll down to view the list of health centers in the selected state/territory.
  4. Click “View Data” to see data for a specific health center. If a health center has earned CHQR badges, the badge images will be visible at the top of the health center’s data page.

Where can I access my CHQR badge certificate?

Health centers that earned National Quality Leader and Health Center Quality Leader badges will received certificates via email in September.

Health centers that earned CHQR badges can request high-resolution badge images from the Health Center Program Support.

Where can I find more information on the clinical performance of health centers?

Go to the Health Center Program UDS Data page to access national, state, and health-center level clinical data for health center awardees and look-alikes.

Who can I contact with questions about my health center’s eligibility for CHQR badges?

Submit all CHQR-related inquiries via Health Center Program Support.

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