Quality Improvement Awards Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the Health Center Quality Improvement Awards (QIA)?

    QIA are one-time grant supplements to recognize health center accomplishments in expanding access to care, improving care quality and outcomes, reducing health disparities, enhancing health information technology for quality improvement, and achieving Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition.

  2. How much funding will HRSA award under this funding opportunity?

    For FY 2019, HRSA is awarding nearly $107 million in one-time, supplemental QIA to 1,273 health centers in six categories:

    • Improving Quality of Care Awards: $39 million (1,258 health centers recognized)
    • Access Enhancer Awards: $4 million (349 health centers recognized)
    • Value Enhancer Awards: $1 million (40 health centers recognized)
    • Health Disparities Reducer Awards: $7 million (298 health centers recognized)
    • Advancing Health Information Technology (HIT) for Quality Awards: $6 million (1,165 health centers recognized)
    • Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition: $50 million (1,040 health centers recognized)

    Health centers could be recognized in more than one area.

  3. What types of organizations were eligible for the QIA?

    Organizations eligible for the QIA are existing Health Center Program award recipients that reported clinical and financial information to the Uniform Data System (UDS) for calendar years 2017 and 2018. For FY 2019 QIA base eligibility, health centers had to have used an EHR system to report on all UDS clinical quality measures on their universe of patients.

  4. How will health centers use these funds?

    Health centers that receive QIA will use these supplemental funds to continue to strengthen quality improvement activities, including achieving new and/or maintaining existing patient centered medical home recognition.

    Health centers must use these funds for allowable costs and have discretion to determine what activities will best support the quality improvement activities of the health center. Such activities can include, but are not limited to:

    • Developing and improving health center systems and infrastructure, including training staff; developing policies and procedures; enhancing health information technology, certified electronic health record, and data systems; data analysis; and/or implementing targeted QI activities (including hiring consultants).
    • Developing and improving care delivery systems, supporting care coordination, case management, and medication management; developing and implementing contracts and formal agreements with other providers; laboratory reporting and tracking; training and workflow redesign to support team-based care; clinical integration of behavioral health, oral health, HIV care, and other services; and/or patient engagement activities.

    QIA funding must be used for costs that are not otherwise supported by other Health Center Program operational grant (H80) funding.

  5. Where can I find the list of organizations that received QIA?

    View the list of FY 2019 QIA recipients.

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

    The Health Center Data webpage displays each Health Center Program award recipient’s profile, which includes demographics, services provided, clinical indicators, utilization rates, costs, revenues, and a health center’s adjusted quartile ranking on clinical quality measures compared to health centers nationally.

Date Last Reviewed:  August 2019