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. Quality health care is the provision of appropriate services to individuals and populations that are consistent with current professional knowledge, in a technically competent manner, with good communication, shared decision-making and cultural sensitivity.
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. Orgnaizations participating in the praogram 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 (EPR or an electronic health recortd (EHR), and is a critical component for improving quality and patient outcomes. With HIT it is possible to generate timely and meaningful data, which helps providers track and plan care. It is expected that applicants have implemented a HIT system by the time of award.
Implementation is defined by the Office of the National Coordination for Health Information Technology as installation of the system and associated activities, such as training, mock "go-live" and pilot testing. This program does not support funding for an EHR, but grantees may use funds to develop or purchase a module or interface or customize reports to support collection of data. Access the link below for more information.
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Closing Date for Applications: Jan. 10, 2013