On June 21, the National Association of Community Health Centers announced the release of a brief entitled Quality of Care in Community Health Centers and Factors Associated with Performance by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured in collaboration with George Washington University. The brief indicates most Community Health Centers meet or exceed national benchmarks on key quality indicators. Using data from the 2010 Uniform Data System (UDS) reported by health centers and the 2008 Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) for Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs), the study highlights how health centers meet or exceed high-performance benchmarks set by MCOs, which also serve low-income populations, for three quality of care measures—diabetes control, blood pressure control, and receipt of a Pap test. The study also identifies factors that differ significantly between health centers with “high-performing” and “low performing” Medicaid MCO HEDIS rates.
The press release and link to the brief is available here.