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We are in the initial phases of developing our Quality Improvement Program. Can you please tell me what resources are available?
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) requires all Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and Look-A-Likes (LAL) to implement a Quality Improvement/Assurance (QA/QI) Program that addresses both clinical services and clinical management metrics and maintains the confidentiality of patient information. The requirements of the QI/QA Program are outlined in Chapter 10 – Quality Improvement/Assurance of the HRSA Health Center Compliance Manual (Chapter 10: Quality Improvement/Assurance ). The tool utilized by HRSA to evaluate compliance with the QI/QA requirements is the HRSA Health Center Program Site Visit Protocol (Health Center Program Site Visit Protocol).
The initial phases of QI/QA Program development can be overwhelming. Resources are abundant, although it is important to ensure the resources being utilized are not only reliable, but also appropriate for the FQHC environment. Below are a number of resources to assist FQHCs and LALs with development and implementation of a solid QA/QI Program: