Friday, December 7, 2012

Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant Program

(Credit: Craig Parylo)
The Health Resources and Services Administration is soliciting applications for the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant Program. The purpose of the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant (Rural Quality) Program is to provide support to rural primary care providers for implementation of quality improvement activities. The ultimate goal of the program is to promote the development of an evidence-based culture and delivery of coordinated care in the primary care setting. Additional objectives of the program include: improved health outcomes for patients; enhanced chronic disease management; and better engagement of patients and their caregivers. Organizations participating in the program are required to utilize an evidence-based quality improvement model, perform tests of change focused on improvement, and use health information technology (HIT) to collect and report data. HIT may include an electronic patient registry (EPR) or an electronic health record (EHR), and is a critical component for improving quality and patient outcomes. The deadline for submitting an application is January 30, 2013. More information about the program can be found on the Grants.gov website.

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