The Alaska Quality Improvement Network (AQuIN)

Overview

In 2016, the Alaska Primary Care Association (APCA) applied for funding under the Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN) funding opportunity from HRSA and was awarded the grant for an initial project period of August 1, 2016- July 31, 2019. Using the HCCN funds, APCA was able to establish the Alaska Quality Improvement Network (AQuIN).

The purpose of AQuIN is to support participating health centers by working together to advance the use of health information and analytics to improve and sustain quality of care and health outcomes of our patients. APCA procured the Azara DRVS data warehouse for participating CHCs where their UDS data and other health, financial, and performance measures will be input and analyzed with the eventual goal of realizing cost savings, increasing funding awards from HRSA and other grants, improved care coordination, and improved optimization of their EHR systems. Additional benefits to network members include training and technical assistance around practice transformation. 

Participating Health Centers, August 2018

  •   Bethel Family Clinic
  •   Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments (CATG)
  •   Cross Road Health Ministries
  •   Iliuliuk Family & Health Services (IFHS)
  •   Interior Community Health Center  
  •   Kodiak Community Health Center
  •   Mat-Su Health Services
  •   Peninsula Community Health Services of Alaska   (PCHS)
  •   Seward Community Health Center
  •   Sunshine Community Health Center

 

Objectives

Core Objective A: Health IT Implementation and Meaningful Use

Goal A1: Increase the percentage of Participating Health Centers with an ONC-certified EHR system in use.
Goal A2: Increase the percentage of Meaningful Use eligible providers at Participating Health Centers receiving incentive payments from CMS for meeting Meaningful Use requirements.

 

Core Objective B: Data Quality and Reporting

Goal B1: Increase the percentage of Participating Health Centers that electronically extract data from an EHR to report all UDS Clinical Quality Measure data on all of their patients.
Goal B2: Increase the percentage of Participating Health Centers generating quality improvement reports at the site and clinical team levels.
Goal B3: Increase the percentage of Participating Health Centers that integrate data from different service types and/or providers (e.g., behavioral health, oral health).

 

Core Objective C: Health Information Exchange (HIE) and Population Health Management

Goal C1: Increase the percentage of Participating Health Centers that improve care coordination through health information exchange with unaffiliated providers or entities.
Goal C2: Increase the percentage of Participating Health Centers using health information exchange to support population health management.

 

Core Objective D: Quality Improvement

Goal D1: Increase the percentage of Participating Health Centers that meet or exceed Healthy People 2020 goals on at least five selected UDS Clinical Quality Measures.
Goal D2: Increase the percentage of Participating Health Centers that improved the value, efficiency, and/or effectiveness of health center services.
Goal D3: Increase the percentage of Participating Health Center sites that have current PCMH recognition.

Sourced from United States Department of Health and Human Services- HRSA on 7/29/16

Contact

Interested in joining the Alaska Quality Improvement Network or have questions?  Contact Marie Jackman at [email protected]