Year in Review, UDS Reporting Season Begins, and More! HRSA PHC Digest

A Newsletter from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)

HRSA BPHC Primary Health Care Digest

December 31, 2019


Year in Review
Part of kicking off a new year is reflecting on all we accomplished in the prior one. These statistics reflect just some of what you achieved:

  • More than 28 million people—1 in 12 nationwide—relied on a HRSA-funded health center for affordable and accessible primary health care.

  • 1,273 health centers received a Quality Improvement Award; 48 were recognized as National Quality Leaders and 362 were recognized as Health Center Quality Leaders (this includes 32 centers that received both recognitions).

  • 77 health centers received New Access Points awards.
    • 29 new health centers (24 were look-alikes), 48 current health centers
    • 33 rural, 44 urban
    • 152 new sites across 23 states, Puerto Rico, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

  • Five HRSA-funded health centers were among the 17 organizations recognized as Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champions.

  • One HRSA-funded health center was the grand prize winner of The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable’s 80% by 2018 National Achievement Award.

See HRSA’s 2019 Year in Review infographic.

Here are a few of the most popular resources from the Digest in 2019:


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What's New

UDS 2019 Manual

Uniform Data System 2019 Reporting Season Begins Tomorrow
The Uniform Data System (UDS) 2019 reporting period is starting. All HRSA-funded health centers and look-alikes are required to submit complete and accurate UDS reports by Saturday, February 15, 2020. Upon successful submission, your UDS report will be assigned to a UDS reviewer who will work with you to finalize your data submission through March 2020. No changes will be permitted to the UDS report after Tuesday, March 31, 2020. As a requirement of the Health Center Program award, UDS reports must be submitted on time with complete and accurate data.

The 2019 UDS Manual and other UDS reporting resources can help you complete an accurate report. The Manual includes detailed instructions for completing each of the tables and appendices, and information on how to submit UDS data through HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks (EHBs).

There are two helpful tools for health centers to complete their UDS report offline: an Excel file and an HTML file. They were created as part of the effort to move UDS reporting from a manual process to a more automated process. Watch this video to learn more.

Direct all EHBs or Health Center Program questions to Health Center Program Support online or at 877-464-4772. Direct UDS content and reporting questions to the UDS Support Center by email or at 866-UDS-HELP (866-837-4357).

Quarterly 340B Program Registration
Quarterly 340B Program site registration is open from January 1 to 15, 2020. Health centers will still be able to register a site that has been verified as implemented and with a site status reflected as “active” in EHBs Form 5B through February 21, 2020. After that date, the system will close to prepare for the April 1, 2020, start. Email the 340B call center or call 888-340-2787 (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. ET) to register a new site or ask questions.

You will need to provide the following information when calling:

  • Health center name.
  • Site/clinic name.
  • Site IDs for all sites.
  • HRSA/BPHC grant number.
  • Contact name and email address.
  • Authorizing official name and email address.

The authorizing official will receive an email message that the account is unlocked and a registration may be submitted.

Deadline Reminder: Service Area Competition Applications for June 1 Starts
Service Area Competition (SAC) HRSA-20-019 applications are due in EHBs on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, by 5:00 p.m. ET. Technical assistance (TA) materials are available on the SAC TA webpage.

Substance Use Disorder & Mental Health

Learn about the HRSA Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health TA
The HRSA Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health TA provides TA for behavioral health professionals developing an integrated team for primary care and behavioral health services. Check out these opportunities to engage with the Center:

  • Attend an upcoming “Office Hours” webinar focused on interprofessional collaboration.
    After a 30-minute presentation by Center experts, you'll be invited to ask questions.

    Thursday, January 9, 2020
    3:00-4:30 p.m. ET
    Register here
  • Apply for practice transformation coaching.
    The Center offers health centers virtual and onsite practice transformation coaching to increase integration and implementation of behavioral health services in their practices. Apply now.

Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration Grant
The Department of Labor is accepting applications from state workforce boards for a new grant, The Support to Communities: Fostering Opioid Recovery Through Workforce Development. This $500,000 grant will fund the delivery of career, training, and supportive services by state and territory workforce agencies or tribal organizations to workers impacted by the opioid crisis. The application deadline is 4:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 9, 2020.


New CDC Resource Guide Promotes Physical Activity Breaks In the Workplace
Nearly half of U.S. worksites have a workplace health promotion plan. This CDC guide explores ways employers can help workers incorporate short physical activity breaks into the workday. The ideas are scalable, and most require little to no equipment.

Workplace Physical Activity Break Guide

Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration Grant
See announcement above.

Additional Resources

Peer Review: The Fundamentals
Evaluating provider competency through regular peer review ensures ongoing assessment of the quality of patient care and promotes patient safety. Peer review as an educational process can help health centers and free clinics identify high-risk areas and make improvements to ensure safety.

ECRI Institute’s next Patient Safety Leadership Speaker Series webinar (presented on HRSA’s behalf), will feature Michael R. Callahan, JD, a nationally recognized advisor on health care legal issues. He will walk through the peer review process, providing recommendations, tips, and examples to help health centers and free clinics conduct peer review effectively and efficiently. He will also talk about legal considerations, and will provide a peer review policy template and other resources.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Final Week for Early-Bird Discount: 2020 Starting With Success Training Opportunity
The National Association of Community Health Centers, a HRSA-funded NCA, is hosting Starting with Success: Building and Enhancing Your Health Center in January, in Long Beach, CA. This is an in-person, 2-day “Health Center 101” for new, veteran, and/or future health center leaders. Participants will receive foundational knowledge and practical tools on running a high-performing health center. The early bird conference registration is available through Tuesday, January 7, 2020, and the discounted hotel rate is available through Monday, January 6, 2020.

Learning Collaborative: Improving Access to Care for Justice-Involved Patients and their Families
Several HRSA-funded National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs) are convening a learning collaborative next February to explore the intersection of health and justice involvement, including incarceration. The four-module learning collaborative provides an overview of the criminal justice system, strategies to reduce barriers to care (including stigma), links between housing and criminal justice involvement, and opportunities to pursue community partnerships. Participants will join faculty members for facilitated peer-learning. Get more information (including dates) or register now. Up to 4 CME/CNE credits are available for participation in this learning collaborative.

MCN Spanish Language Diabetes and Hypertension ECHO Series
Since 2016, Migrant Clinicians Network’s (MCN) Diabetes and Hypertension Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) series has empowered community health workers to address diabetes and hypertension in their health centers. MCN, a HRSA-funded NCA, continues this effort by offering a unique Spanish language-only learning opportunity for community health workers, outreach workers, and case managers who work with diabetic or hypertensive patients within the Hispanic/Latino populations, including migrant workers and their families.

Sessions will be held every Thursday, January 16, to March 26, 2020, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET. Each session will last 1.5 hours. Space is limited to 30 participants. Accepted participants will receive notification by Sunday, January 5, 2020. Learn more and register.

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Technical Assistance & Training


Visit the training calendar to learn details about or register for events.

Through January 7, 2020

Introduction to the UDS Mapper
Friday, January 3, 2020
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

IBHS Progress Reporting Q&A
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
2:30-3:30 p.m. ET
Join the webcast the day of the session
Call-in: 888-316-9410
Passcode: 3487950


Peer Review: The Fundamentals
Hosted by ECRI Institute on behalf of HRSA
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Virtual TA Office Hours: BPHC Interprofessional Collaboration in Integrated Behavioral Health
Thursday, January 9, 2020
3:00-4:30 p.m. ET
Register here

Delivering Mental Health Services Through A Cultural Lens: What Can We All Do?
Hosted by the Pacific Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, funded by SAMHSA
Thursday, January 9, 2020
6:00-7:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Health Network: A Care Coordination Program for Mobile Patients with Diabetes
Hosted by Migrant Clinicians Network, a HRSA-funded NCA
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Breaking the Cycle of Intergenerational Diabetes
Hosted by the Corporation for Supportive Housing and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, both HRSA-funded NCAs
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Register here

UDS Mapper Advanced Topics: Geographic and Data Concepts Important for Population Health
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
11:00 a.m.-noon ET
Register here

Clinicians’ Coffee Chat: Using Telehealth to Manage Diabetes
Hosted by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, a HRSA-funded NCA
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
1:45-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Innovative Collaboration to Improve Social Determinants of Health in Philadelphia
Hosted by the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium, a HRSA-funded NCA
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here
**1.5 CME/CNE available**

Optimizing Team Resources: Patient/Provider Scheduling and Panel Size
Hosted by Capital Link, a HRSA-funded NCA
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Introduction to the UDS Mapper
Monday, February 3, 2020
11:00 a.m.-noon ET
Register here

UDS Mapper Advanced Topics: Identifying Opioid Intervention Opportunities
Thursday, February 13, 2020
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Introduction to the UDS Mapper
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

UDS Mapper Advanced Topics: Using the UDS Mapper for Research
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
11:00 a.m.-noon ET
Register here

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