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Community Health Quality Recognition (CHQR) Frequently Asked Questions

What are the CHQR badges?

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. 

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

The CHQR Dashboard provides an easy way to view CHQR badges health centers have achieved, as well as CHQR performance comparisons with other health centers and states. Dashboard users can also generate a list of health centers by CHQR badge type, and view state- and national-level summaries. 

You can also view CHQR badge awardees information on the Health Center Program UDS Data webpages on data.hrsa.gov. The CHQR Dashboard and Health Center Program UDS Data webpages are updated annually.

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 (QIA), 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.

HRSA has shifted the QIA investments to the Quality Improvement Fund (QIF) to support proactive innovative care efforts. The purpose of QIF is to activate and accelerate innovative advancements in care delivery to improve health outcomes, reduce health disparities, and advance health equity for underserved populations. HRSA’s first QIF funding opportunity is the Optimizing Virtual Care (OVC) Program.  

What types of organizations are eligible for CHQR badges?

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

  • Submit complete and accurate annual UDS data on time
  • Use electronic health records (EHRs) to report on clinical quality measures and entire patient populations
  • Resolve any progressive action conditions as of June 2022
  • Be an active Health Center Program awardee or look-alike
What are the criteria for the CHQR badge categories?

See the CHQR Overview webpage for eligibility information.

Will CHQR badges and criteria stay the same?

HRSA intends to award the same set of CHQR badges in Calendar Year (CY) 2023 based on data from the 2022 UDS reporting periods. We intend to follow the same criteria posted on the CHQR Overview site.

How have CHQR badges awards changed from the previous year? 

Benchmarks have been established for clinical quality measures (CQM) and will be used to award CHQR badges that reflect the 2021–2022 UDS reporting periods. See CQM benchmark information on the CHQR Overview webpage. The following are major changes to the CHQR badges from the previous year:

  • LALs have been incorporated into Adjusted Quartile Rankings. As a result, LALs are now eligible for Health Center Quality Leader (HCQL) badges. 
  • New National Quality Leader (NQL) badge categories have been added: HIV Prevention and Care, Maternal and Child Health.
  • A new Addressing Social Risk Factors badge has been introduced to recognize health centers that are screening for social risk factors impacting patient health and are increasing access to enabling services.
  • A new COVID-19 Public Health Champion badge recognizes health center contributions to providing critical public health services to health center services during the COVID-19 public health emergency, and replaces the COVID-19 Data Reporter, Vaccinations, and Testing badges awarded in 2021.
  • The updated Health Disparities Reducer badge incentivizes improving clinical quality across racial/ethnic groups. The Health Disparities Reducer badge recognizes health centers that qualify for the Access Enhancer badge and meet at least one of the following criteria listed on the CHQR Overview page.
Where can I access my CHQR badge certificate?

Health centers that have earned NQL and HCQL badges will receive certificates in the mail. Health centers that have earned CHQR badges can request high-resolution badge images via the BPHC Contact Form. Select Uniform Data Systems (UDS), Community Health Quality Recognition Badges (CHQR) Badges, Requesting a badge image or certificate.

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 questions about CHQR eligibility criteria via BPHC Contact Form. Select Uniform Data Systems (UDS), Community Health Quality Recognition Badges (CHQR) Badges, Verify CHQR eligibility or criteria. 

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