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Health Center Controlled Networks

Health Center Controlled Networks are groups of safety net providers (a minimum of three collaborators/members) working together to improve access to care, enhance quality of care and achieve cost efficiencies through the redesign of practices to integrate services, optimize patient outcomes, or negotiate managed care contracts on behalf of the participating members. Supported through the Health Center Controlled Network grant program, the networks work collaboratively to

  • Adopt and implement certified electronic health record technology,
  • Meet meaningful use requirements under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs, and
  • Improve clinical and operational quality, reduce health disparities, improve population health through health information technology, and achieve patient centered medical home recognition.

Within the networks, individual health centers work together to share resources, leverage buying power (e.g. discounted software), enhance access to information and promote guidelines on best practices, as well as provide support for achieving quality of care and operational goals. Networks support member health centers in their shared mission to provide comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services to medically underserved communities and vulnerable populations.

Resources for Safety Net Providers

Health IT Implementation Toolbox

The Network Guide (PDF - 2 MB) for health centers and other safety net health care providers with health it and quality improvement information and resources

Find a Health Center Controlled Network

Electronic Health Record Selection Guidelines (DOC - 839 KB) | Instructions for Download and Use (PDF - 25 KB)


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