49 Community Health Centers Win Grants To Boost HIT Infrastructure

Bernie Monegain | Government Health IT | January 21, 2013

Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP) and Partners HealthCare will award a total of $4.25 million in a first round of grants through the Partnership for Community Health to all 49 community health centers (CHCs) that are members of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers. The grants, announced on Jan. 14, will fund the implementation of health information technology systems, meaningful use training, medical coding training and performance improvement.

The CHCs have each chosen a project related to infrastructure improvement that will allow them to continue their efforts to reduce barriers to access, promote health equity and provide care for patients in their communities. Every CHC in Massachusetts that applied received a grant. During the next 15 years, the Partnership for Community Health will provide up to $90 million in grant funding to CHCs to develop and launch measurable programs that enhance health outcomes, service, efficiencies and quality of care, officials said in a news release. Grants will focus on projects that support expanded programs and improve the infrastructure of CHCs...