HHS Awards $83.9 Mil ARRA to Expand Use of Health IT at HCCNs

HHS Awards $83.9 Million in Recovery Act Funds to
Expand Use of Health Information Technology at
Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs)
Thursday, June 3, 2010         
Received via email                           

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today (June 3, 2010) announced $83.9 million in grants to help networks of health centers adopt electronic health records (EHR) and other health information technology (HIT) systems. The funds are part of the $2 billion allotted to HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to expand health care services to low-income and uninsured individuals through its health center program. 

“We need health information technology to bring our health care system into the 21st century,” said Sebelius. “This essential technology improves the quality of care we all receive and helps make care more efficient.”

Forty-five grants will support new and enhanced EHR implementation projects as well as HIT innovation projects.  Funds will allow grantees to use EHR technology to improve health care quality, efficiency, and patient safety.  Eligible professionals practicing within health centers who are able to demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology may be eligible for incentive payments provided under Medicaid and Medicare. 

“These funds will help safety net providers acquire state-of-the-art health information technology systems as they work to provide quality health care to millions of people in need,” said HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N. 

Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs) improve the operational effectiveness and clinical quality in health centers by providing management, financial, technology and clinical support services. The networks, comprised of at least three collaborating organizations, are community-based groups that support HRSA-funded health centers that provide primary health care to nearly 19 million patients – a number expected to double over the next five years as health reform is implemented.

The grants listed below were awarded through a competitive process:

ARRA – Health Information Technology Implementation Grants
Organization City State Amount
Whatley Health Services, Inc Tuscaloosa Alabama $645,875
Alaska Primary Care Association, Inc. Anchorage Alaska $567,891
Dena’ Nena’ Henash – Tanana Chiefs Conference Fairbanks Alaska $1,000,000
El Rio Santa Cruz Neighborhood Health Center Tucson Arizona $1,000,000
Golden Valley Health Center Merced California $2,998,013
Association of Asian/Pacific Community Health Organizations Oakland California $1,000,000
Redwood Community Health Network Petaluma California $2,079,598
Family Health Centers of San Diego, Inc San Diego California $3,000,000
Community Access HCCN, LLC San Francisco California $2,519,875
Community Health Center Network San Leandro California $3,000,000
Alliance For Rural Community Health Ukiah California $866,031
Clinicas del Camino Real, Inc Ventura California $3,000,000
Colorado Community Managed Care Network Denver Colorado $1,000,000
Southbridge Med. Advisory Council, Inc. Wilmington Delaware $558,114
Health Choice Network, Inc. Miami Florida $2,990,887
Community Health Centers Alliance, Inc. Saint Petersburg Florida $3,000,000
Erie Family Health Center, Inc Chicago Illinois $999,998
Near North Health Service Corporation Chicago Illinois $2,998,849
Illinois Primary Care Association Springfield Illinois $3,000,000
Community Health Integrated Partnership, Inc. Glen Burnie Maryland $2,912,404
Boston HealthNet Boston Massachusetts $2,986,872
Northern Minnesota Network Isanti Minnesota $2,452,568
Coastal Family Health Center, Inc. Biloxi Minnesota $2,987,714
Missouri Coalition for Primary Health Care Jefferson City Missouri $1,000,000
St. Louis Integrated Health Network St. Louis Missouri $1,000,000
One World Community Health Centers Omaha Nebraska $1,511,083
Community Health Access Network, Inc. Newmarket New Hampshire $1,106,358
Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers, Inc. Hammonton New Jersey $3,000,000
New Mexico Primary Care Association Albuquerque New Mexico $2,011,000
Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, Inc. New York New York $994,800
Community Health Care Association of New York State New York New York $2,999,983
The Institute for Family Health New York New York $825,709
Finger Lakes Migrant Health Care Project, Inc. Penn Yan New York $997,832
OCHIN Inc. Portland Oregon $3,000,000
Health Federation of Philadelphia Philadelphia Pennsylvania $327,169
East Bay Community Action Program Newport Rhode Island $1,574,074
Community Health Network Oakdale Tenn. $2,110,936
Texas Association of Community Health Center Austin Texas $982,587
Lone Star Circle of Care Georgetown Texas $2,987,610
Barrio Comprehensive Family Health Care Center, Inc. San Antonio Texas $2,909,072
Wasatch Homeless Health Care, Inc. Salt Lake City Utah $585,000
Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems, Inc. Saltville Virginia $1,826,240
Bi-State Primary Care Association Montpelier Vermont $2,226,278
PTSO of Washington Seattle Washington $1,361,093
Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association Madison Wisconsin $1,000,000
Total: $83,901,513


The activities described in this release are being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). More information on ARRA funding for health information technology can be found at: http://www.hhs.gov/recovery/programs/index.html#Health

The Health Resources and Services Administration is part of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.  HRSA is the primary federal agency responsible for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable.  For more information about HRSA and its programs, visit www.hrsa.gov

 Note: All HHS press releases, fact sheets and other press materials are available at http://www.hhs.gov/news

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