The Importance of Reporting End-Of-Year Quality Data to the Board of Directors

As the year has drawn to a close, health centers embark on the critical task of collecting and reporting end-of-year quality data to the Board of Directors.  Below are some reasons this requirement and best practice hold great significance, acting as the road map for the upcoming year and ensuring the delivery of high-quality care.  

  • Facilitating Informed Decision-Making:  The Board of Directors serves as the guiding force behind a health center’s strategic planning process.  Having comprehensive and accurate data empowers members of the Board of Directors to make informed choices about the allocation of resources, as well as program and policy development.  By presenting a clear picture of the health center’s performance, reporting data enables the Board of Directors to recognize areas of strength and opportunities for improvement.  


  • Driving Continuous Quality Improvement:  Continuous Quality Improvement is the backbone for the delivery of high-quality healthcare.  Through the routine analysis of quality data, the health center can develop targeted interventions to facilitate revisions to practices and improve patient outcomes and overall quality of care. 


  • Aligning with Regulatory Compliance: Health centers must operate within a framework of both state and federal regulations.  Reporting end-of-year quality data ensures adherence to Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) regulations (Chapter 10: Quality Improvement/Assurance, HRSA Health Center Compliance Manual), eliminating compliance issues that could prevent the health center from delivering services to the target population.  


  • Demonstrating Impact and Value: Numbers aside, reporting of quality data provides a snapshot of the health center’s impact on the community.  Data highlights the value of the services being provided, demonstrating how the health center contributes to enhancing population health, promoting wellness, and reducing disparities.  


Additional resources for reporting quality data can be obtained at ECRI | Trusted Voice in Healthcare and Clinical Quality Improvement | Bureau of Primary Health Care (

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