What is a Health Center Controlled Network?
HRSA refers to a Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN) as: "A group of safety net providers (a minimum of three collaborators/members) collaborating horizontally or vertically 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."
HCCNs have also come together to exchange information and establish collaborative mechanisms to meet administrative, IT and clinical quality objectives.
Over the past 15 years, the structure of HCCNs has formalized and their stability has increased. Key programs have facilitated network development in the past including the Healthy Communities Access Program , the Shared Integrated Management Information Systems (SIMIS) program, and others. Currently, HCCNs continue to enjoy support for collaborative activities involving health IT from HRSA. There are several examples of networks that have successfully implemented health IT.
E-mail the HealthIT e-mail box: firstname.lastname@example.org