Swope Health is proud to announce that it has received four Community Health Quality Recognition awards from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.
The awards are based on improvements in data as logged in the latest Uniform Data System reporting period, focusing on areas of access, quality, equity, health IT and COVID-19 emergency response.
The awards are:
- 2023 Access Enhancer. To receive this award, the federal agency requires at least a 15 percent improvement in one or more clinical quality measure in back-to-back reporting years, and increase by at least 5 percent in total patient count and patients receiving mental health, substance use disorder, vision, dental or enabling services.
- 2023 Health Disparities Reducer. To receive this award, the health center must also receive the Access Enhancer award and meet one of two additional criteria:
- Improve by at least 10 percent in low birth weight, hypertension control, or uncontrolled diabetes clinical quality measure, and must show improvement for at least one racial or ethnic group in the two most recent reporting years, and must maintain or improve its previous clinical quality measures over the prior year.
- Meet targets for all racial or ethnic groups served in the latest reporting year.
- 2023 Advancing Health Information Technology. For this award, a health center must use an electronic health record system, offer telehealth services, exchange clinical information online with key providers, engage patients through health information systems, and collect data on patient social risk factors.
- 2023 Addressing Social Risk Factors. For this award, a health center must collect data on patient social risk factors, and increase the percentage of patients who received enabling services between the last two reporting periods.
Swope Health also received recognition for maintaining its status as a certified Primary Care Medical Home, and from the Missouri Primary Care Association, a Silver clinical quality award.
“These awards demonstrate Swope Health’s commitment to quality care, while at the same time, delivering more services to more patients to reduce health disparities,” said Dr. Naiomi Jamal, Swope Health’s Chief Health Officer. “We aspire to lead the region and the nation, and each day we work to build upon our tradition of quality care.”