D2 Project Final Report
Prepared for the Asociación de Salud Primaria de Puerto Rico
In 2019, in conjunction with the Puerto Rico’s primary care association, Asociación de Salud Primaria de Puerto Rico, Inc. (ASPPR), and its affiliate, Puerto Rico Primary Care Association Network (PR PCAN), RCHN Community Health Foundation developed a project to support the development and reinforcement of a robust data culture in Puerto Rico’s community health centers. Project activities focused around two broad areas. The first was a data quality assessment to identify strengths, weaknesses, and variations in data collection and documentation practices among participating health centers. The second area of activity was to develop sample analytics and dashboards and demonstrate their benefit in clinical, financial, and operational decision-making. The project was completed in 2021. The approach, key findings and recommendations are encompassed in the report, which emphasizes the need for data quality practices to ensure that available data becomes as a key strategic asset that ultimately serves to improve the quality of health center services.
Health Centers and the Data Warehouse
A new information bulletin by David Hartzband and Matthew Grob, in the NACHC Health Center Controlled Network Series, defines data warehouses, describes their utility, and outlines factors important to consider when participating in or seeking to develop a warehouse.
Supporting Health IT Adoption in Federally Qualified Health Centers: Setting the Course for Quality-Based Reimbursement
Support for health information technology adoption under existing revenue streams is essential if community health centers are to participate effectively in quality-based reimbursement. Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement is a necessary first step both for building the infrastructure and capacity for improvements in patient care and positioning health centers for value- based care. This report was written by Melinda Dutton, Lammot du Pont, Julie Murchinson and Helen Pfister of Manatt Health Solutions and Peter Epp of RSM McGladrey, LLP, with guidance and support from the California HealthCare Foundation; the Community Clinics Initiative, a project of Tides and the California Endowment; the Colorado Health Foundation; and the RCHN Community Health Foundation.