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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 go to exit disclaimer, 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.


  • HCCN Fact Sheet - This sheet defines Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs), and discusses their history, activities, and impact.
  • Searching for HCCNs - Developed by HRSA, this search engine provides information about HRSA HCCN grantees.
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