Highlight on Alabama: ACA Grants to Reach Alabama Health Providers and Improve Patient Care

Alabama health providers will receive grant funding totalling $343,606 as part of a Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (P.L. 111-148) initiative. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $36.3 million in funding to 1,113 health centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and seven U.S. Territories to recognize health center quality improvement achievements and invest in ongoing quality improvement activities. Thirteen Alabama health providers are set to receive the quality improvement grant funds to help with their ongoing efforts to improve patient care.

The funding rewards Alabama health centers that “have a proven track record in clinical quality improvement, which translates to better patient care, and it allows them to expand and improve their systems and infrastructure to bring the highest quality primary care services to the communities they serve,” Burwell said in a news release “With these funds, health centers in all 50 states will continue to provide access to high quality, comprehensive primary and preventive health care to the patients that need it the most.”

Alabama health centers receiving these funds are being recognized for high levels of quality performance. These providers have demonstrated their ability to focus on quality in all aspects of their clinical operations and the best overall clinical outcomes. They have exceeded national clinical benchmarks for quality, and demonstrated at least a 10 percent improvement in clinical quality measures between 2012 and 2013. Many of them have also used electronic health records (EHRs) to report quality measures. Alabama providers set to receive funding include:

  • Bayou La Batre Area Health Development Board, Inc., recognized as a clinical quality improver;
  • Birmingham Health Care, Inc., recognized as a clinical quality improver;
  • Cahaba Medical Care Foundation, recognized as an EHR health center and clinical quality improver;
  • Capstone Rural Health Center, recognized as a clinical quality improver;
  • Central North Alabama  Health Services, Inc., recognized as a clinical quality improver;
  • Franklin Primary Health Center, Inc., recognized as a clinical quality improver;
  • Health Services, Inc., recognized as a clinical quality improver;
  • County of Mobile, recognized as a clinical quality improver;
  • Northeast Alabama Health Services, Inc., recognized as an EHR health center and clinical quality improver;
  • Quality of Life Health Services, Inc., recognized as a clinical quality improver and a health center quality leader;
  • Rural Health Medical Program, Inc., recognized as an EHR health center and clinical quality improver;
  • Southeast Alabama Rural Health Associates, recognized as a clinical quality improver;
  • Whatley Health Services, Inc., recognized as a clinical quality improver.

“These funds reward and support those health centers that have taken steps to achieve the highest levels of clinical quality performance and improvement,” said Health and Resources Administration (HRSA) Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N.