Policy Information Notices (PINs) – The Health Resources and Services Administration provides updated information for their policies and procedures that grantees funded under Section 330 must follow. These policy and procedures are indicated by Policy Information Notices (PINs). The Program Assistance Letters (PALs) explains and summarizes items of significance for health centers. For example HRSA program implementation activities, recently enacted laws, final regulations and/or new HHS initiatives and many more items.
Program Assistance Letter (PAL) 2017-04: Proposed Uniform Data System (UDS) Changes for Calendar Year 2018
Program Assistance Letter (PAL) 2017-04 provides an overview of proposed changes to the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) calendar year (CY) 2018 Uniform Data System (UDS) to be reported by Health Center Program grantees and look-alikes in February 2019. The forthcoming 2018 UDS Manual will include additional details regarding these changes.
Proposed Changes include:
- Update quality of care measures to align ECQMS.
- Revision of Appendix D: Removal of patient-centered medical home (PCMH) questions.
- Appendix E: Expanded telehealth questions.
Program Assistance Letter (PAL) 2016-02: Approved Uniform Data System (UDS) Changes for Calendar Year 2016
BPHC released PAL 2016-02, which outlines approved changes for the 2016 UDS to be reported by Health Center Program grantees and look-alikes in February 2017. Changes include:
- additions of sexual orientation and gender identity to the patient characteristics tables;
- addition of quality improvement staff, community health workers, and dental therapists to the staffing tables;
- revisions to the clinical quality measures to support data reporting standardization and reduce reporting burden; and
- addition to the health center electronic health record capabilities and quality recognition appendix.
HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) released PAL 2016-01, which outlines proposed changes for the 2016 UDS to be reported by Health Center Program grantees and look-alikes in February 2017. Proposed changes for the CY 2016 UDS Reporting include:
- Additions to patient characteristics, including sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Addition of Quality Improvement staff, Community Health Workers and Dental Therapists in the staffing tables; revisions to the clinical measures to improve measure alignment and data standardization.
- Questions on Telehealth capacity and use.
- Questions on Medication-Assisted Treatment.