Section: Spotlight Articles, August 2017
From the CEO's Desk
Leaders at the local, state and national level joined communities in celebration of National Health Center Week 2017, August 13-19. This issue of Connections highlights some of these celebrations.

Community Health Centers are part of a national network that serves as the “family doctor” to more than 25 million Americans. The program started more than 50 years ago as a small but bold demonstration project to provide health care in medically underserved areas. Over the course of their existence, health centers have saved countless lives, reduced and prevented chronic disease in the most challenged of patients, and provided patients with affordable options for care other than a costly hospital emergency room.  Health centers have proven to be innovators in treating chronic disease and responding to national health crises, such as the opioid epidemic that kills 78 people in the U.S. every day.

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Tennessee Health Centers Receive More than $2 Million in Quality Awards
(from HRSA)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced on Aug. 15 that nearly $105 million has been awarded to 1,333 health centers in all U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia as an investment in quality improvement, building upon their 2016 achievements. In Tennessee, all 29 Federally Qualified Health Centers will share more than $2 million in funding. (Click here for a list of awards.

Health centers will use these funds to further improve the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of the health care delivered to the communities they serve. This announcement came during Health Center Week, the annual celebration of the high-quality, affordable, primary care health centers have been providing for more than 50 years.

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TPCA Board of Directors Elects Two New Members
Congratulations to the newest members of the Tennessee Primary Care Association Board of Directors: Silas Tolan, executive director of ETSU College of Nursing Managed Health Centers, and Angel Moore, CEO of Erlanger SSDA Health Centers.
Tennessee Department of Health Electronic Case Reporting Measure
(from the Tennessee Department of Health)

The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) will declare readiness for Electronic Case Reporting (eCR) in January 2018 under the Public Health Reporting Objective and begin accepting eCR in July of 2018 from pilot partners.

eCR is the automated generation and transmission of case reports from an electronic health record (EHR) to the public health agency’s disease surveillance system for review and action. eCR will allow healthcare providers the opportunity to report suspected cases to TDH for further investigation using an electronic health record (EHR) system rather than manually reporting on paper and waiting on lab test results to confirm a suspected case.

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