Wheeler Ranked in Top Two Percent Nationally in Key Clinical Quality Measures

Only health center in state recognized for measures promoting behavioral health, diabetes health, or heart health

Wheeler has received $122,000 in federal awards for quality care, including special recognition as the only health center in Connecticut ranked in the top two percent of all centers nationally that improved quality of care between 2017 and 2018 in one or more measures that promote behavioral health, diabetes health, and heart health.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced nearly $107 million in Quality Improvement Awards to 1,273 health centers across the United States. Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), health centers like Wheeler use these awards to improve the quality, efficiency, and value of the health care they provide.

The awards recognized centers that improved quality of care between 2017 and 2018 across a range of categories. Wheeler received awards in six of the eight categories possible, more than any other Connecticut health center but one.

  • Clinical Quality Improvers demonstrated at least 15% improvement on a clinical quality measure from 2017 to 2018.
  • National Quality Leaders ranked in the top 1-2% of all health centers in one or more of the clinical quality measures that promote behavioral health, diabetes health, and heart health in 2018. Wheeler is the only health center in Connecticut recognized with this designation.
  • Access Enhancer Awards recognized health centers that increased the total number of patients served and the number of patients receiving comprehensive services between 2017 and 2018
  • Health Disparities Reducer Awards recognized health centers that met or exceeded the Healthy People 2020 goals, or made at least a 10% improvement across different racial/ethnic groups between 2017 and 2018.
  • Advancing Health Information Technology (HIT) for Quality Awards recognized health centers that utilized five HIT services and/or telehealth services to increase access to care and advance quality of care between 2017 and 2018.
  • Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition recognized health centers with patient centered medical home (PCMH) recognition in one or more delivery sites.

For more than 50 years, health centers have delivered affordable, accessible, quality, and cost-effective health care services to patients. Today, nearly 1,400 health centers operate approximately 12,000 service delivery sites that provide care to more than 28 million patients nationwide. By providing patients access to high quality, value-based care, health centers are uniquely positioned to meet the nation's most pressing health care needs, as well as emerging health priorities, such as the nation's opioid crisis and HIV/AIDS.

“Every day, Wheeler’s Family Health & Wellness Centers provide truly integrated whole-person health care, where a team of professionals work side by side to deliver the best outcomes for our patients,” says Susan Walkama, LCSW, Wheeler’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

"HRSA-funded health centers continue to lead the U.S. healthcare system in providing quality, value-based care to their communities" said HRSA Acting Administrator Tom Engels. "Today we are recognizing nearly all HRSA-funded health centers for their continued improvements on clinical quality measures and supporting them to continue as quality leaders nationwide in the years to come."

For more information, visit the HRSA web site.

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