For rural Idaho medical centers, a little money goes a long way. Tuesday morning, Idaho Health and Human Services announced that it will invest $252,625 in 11 such medical centers for chronic disease management, preventive care and the use of electronic health records to report quality data, through Affordable Care Act funds.
"This funding rewards Idaho health centers that have a proven track record in clinical quality improvement, which translates to better patient care, and it allows them to expand and improve their systems and infrastructure to bring the highest quality primary care services to the communities they serve," wrote Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell in a press release.
Health centers receiving funds are being recognized for performance in electronic health record reporting, improvement of clinical quality and health care center leadership.
In Idaho, 12 Health and Resources Administration-supported health care centers provide care to approximately 140,000 patients.
The health centers receiving funds include:
Adams County Health Center Inc
., in Council
Benewah Medical Center
Boundary Regional Community Health Center, Inc.
, in Bonners Ferry
Community Council of Idaho, Inc
., in Caldwell
Community Health Clinics, Inc.
, in Nampa
Dirne Health Centers, Inc
., in Coeur d'Alene
Glenns Ferry Health Center, Inc.
, in Glenns Ferry
Health West, Inc
., in Pocatello
Upper Valley Community Health Services, Inc.
, in Saint Anthony
Valley Family Health Care, Inc.
, in Payette