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Crescent Receives Five Community Health Center Quality Recognition (CHQR) Badges

The Community Health Quality Recognition (CHQR) badges recognize Health Center Program awardees and look-alikes (LALs) that have made notable quality improvement achievements in the areas of access, quality, health equity, health information technology, and COVID-19 public health emergency response for the most recent Uniform Data System (UDS) reporting period.

Crescent Community Health Center (Crescent) was awarded the Gold Health Center Quality Leader, Access Enhancer, Health Disparities Reducer, Advancing Health Information Technology (HIT) for Quality, and Patient Centered Medical Home badges. Below is further detail on each badge:

Health Center Quality Leaders achieve the best overall clinical quality measure (CQM) performance among all health centers. They are recognized in the following tiers: Gold (top 10%), Silver (top 11-20%), or Bronze top (21-30%).

Access Enhancer recognizes health centers that increase the total number of patients they serve and the number of patients who receive at least one comprehensive service (mental health, substance abuse, vision, dental, and/or enabling) by at least 5%.

Health Disparities Reducer recognizes health centers that: meet benchmarks for all racial/ethnic groups served within the most recent UDS reporting year in the areas of low birth weight, hypertension, or uncontrolled diabetes. And demonstrates at least a 10% improvement in the areas of low birth weight, hypertension, or uncontrolled diabetes for at least one racial/ethnic group

Advancing Health Information Technology (HIT) for quality: recognizes health centers that meet all criteria to optimize HIT services. Eligibility is calculated using 2021 UDS data. Health centers must meet the following five criteria: Adopted an electronic health record (EHR) system, offers telehealth services, exchanges clinical information electronically with key providers health care settings, engages patients through health IT, and collects data on patient social risk factors.

Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition (PCMH): recognizes health centers with PCMH recognition in one or more delivery sites.

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