Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN) — Technology Innovations
The Montana HCCN was founded on the principles of the Health Center Controlled Network model defined under Section 330(e)(1)(c) of the Public Health Service Act. The members work together to improve access to care, enhance quality of care and achieve cost efficiencies. The MT HCCN provides training and technical assistance to support its members to leverage health IT to participate in value-based payment by enhancing the patient and provider experience, advancing interoperability, and using data to enhance value.
Learn more about HCCN at the Health Resources & Services Administration website.
- Increase patient access to personal health information through the use of health IT.
- Promote the use of patient portals through providing training to health center staff on the features, benefits, and use of a patient portal. Improve patient engagement with digital tools such as remote monitoring devices and text reminders that facilitate communication between the health center patient and the provider.
- Increase the use of registries to engage patients with upcoming or missed care opportunities.
- Minimize provider burden and improve usability of the EHR through workflow re-design and encouraging best practices through training and technical assistance to Providers and provider teams.
- Encouraging data protection by supporting health centers to complete required annual security risk assessments and active updated breach mitigation and response plans. Training and technical assistance will be provided through annual HIPAA face-to-face training, quarterly webinars, and one-on-one training.
- Increasing the number of health centers utilizing health information exchange to share information securely with other key providers and health systems.
- Supporting the continued work with the State of Montana Immunization program to implement bi-directional interfaces and advocate for health centers through participation in the workgroups of the state-wide health information exchange Big Sky Care Connect.
- In coordination with the Quality Data Initiative, encouraging data integration that supports the consolidation of clinical data from multiple clinical and non-clinical sources and supports value-based transformation through care planning, reporting clinical quality measures, and referral management.
- Implementing DRVS across the network to support these efforts and improve data monitoring and reporting across the network. Integration of data through the use of DRVS from external sources such as Medicaid also supports data integration and the move towards value-based payment.
- Improving health center capacity for data analysis through training and technical assistance to support data standardization, management, and analysis.
- Continuing collaborative work with the Quality Data Initiative (QDI) through webinars and intensive technical assistance to improve data capture, validation, and analysis and support health center readiness for value-based payment.
- Providing on-going training and support for UDS reporting throughout the year.
- Increasing the health centers collection and utilization of patient level and aggregate data on social risk factors to support coordinated effective interventions and develop a strategic direction for use of social determinants of health data across the network.
- Continuing coordinated work with the Montana Health Justice Partnership, a workgroup to identify health harming legal needs, to support the collection of screening information, and collecting and analyzing data to confidently report improved outcomes for patients.
UDS Reporting Resources
2021 Annual UDS Training Presentation Slides
- 2021 UDS Annual Training Presentation Slide Deck
- 2021 UDS Annual Training Presentation Slide Deck – With space to take notes
- The presentation slides include:
- Overview: Who, What, Where, When, and Why of the UDS (Slides 1-13)
- Patient Profile: ZIP Code Table, Tables 3A, 3B, and 4 (Slides 14-28)
- Services and Utilization: Tables 5 and 6A (Slides 29-57)
- Clinical Quality Measures: Tables 6B and 7 (Slides 58-89)
- Financials: Tables 8A, 9D, and 9E (Slides 90-121)
- Other Forms: Health Information Technology, Other Data Elements, and Workforce (Slides 122-127)
- Tips: Resources and Tips for Success (Slides 128-138)
- UDS Acronyms Used: A more comprehensive list is available in UDS Manual, Appendix I.
Reporting Guidance Resource Files
- 2022 UDS Manual
- 2021 UDS Manual
- 2021 UDS Tables (PDF)
- Health Center Changes and Uniform Data System (UDS) Reporting: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): This addresses questions about health center changes such as a new health center award or designation, new services or sites, or health center organizational changes.
Staffing and Utilization
- Counting UDS Visits Guidance
- Nurse Visit Guidance
- Virtual Visits Guide
- Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Addendum
- Table 6A Code Changes
- 2021 Clinical Measures Descriptions Handout
- Telehealth Impact on Clinical Measures Reporting
- UDS Clinical Measures Exclusions and Exceptions
- Helpful Codes for HIV and PrEP Measures
- Financial Tables Reporting Considerations
- COVID-19 Funding UDS Reporting Guidance
- Reporting Donations
Additional Reporting Topics
- 2020 UDS State Performance Indicator Statistics
- Comparison statistics of patient profile, quality of care, and service delivery indicators using 2020 UDS data, presented by state.
- 330 UDS 2020 Roll-Ups National Universal
- Look-Alike (LAL) 2020 Roll-Ups National Universal
- BHW 2020UDS Rollups National Universal
- The roll-up files each have the aggregated 2020 UDS data for the specified program.
Quarterly HIPAA Webinars
12/16/21 HIPAA Series: Why it matters, using PCI DSS, NIST, and other Frameworks to address your Cyber Liability
9/16/21 HIPAA Series: Are you Ready for Ransomware?
6/17/21 HIPAA Series: Updating your Breach Mitigation and Response Plan
3/25/21 HIPAA Series: Covid-19 Insights on the New HIPAA Privacy Proposed Rule Materials
12/17/2020 Securing Your Remote Workforce
9/24/20 The Path to 42 CFR, Part 2, Past, Present and Future
4/16/20 Information Blocking Rules -Balancing Data Access with Privacy and Security
- HHS: Health Information Privacy
- CMS: Bulletin
- COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers
3/26/20 How to Keep Your PHI Secure, With Ransomware on the Rise
- Join the Montana HCCN for the next round of Telehealth Tuesdays, a webinar series designed to keep you up-to-date on the latest in telehealth and virtual health. See all upcoming webinars.
4/20/21 Telehealth Tuesday: UDS for Telehealth and State Legislation
2/16/2021 Telehealth Tuesday: Remote Patient Monitoring
1/19/21 Telehealth Tuesday: UDS Policy Updates and Funding Opportunities
10/20/20 Telehealth Tuesday: UDS for Telehealth and State Legislation
9/15/20 Telehealth Tuesday: Current Updates for FQHCs and Future Considerations
8/25/20 Telehealth Tuesday: Privacy and Secure Use of Telehealth
7/21/20 Telehealth Tuesday: MOMS Program and Warm Handoffs with Telehealth
6/16/20 Telehealth Tuesday: Emerging Trends in Telehealth
4/21/20 Montana Medicaid Telehealth Webinar for FQHCs
- FQHC/RHC in Medicare & Covid-19 (SLIDES)
- CCHP Fact Sheet
- MLN for FQHC and RHC
- CMS FQHC RHC Fact Sheet
- CMS Covid-19 Clinician Letter
- Medicare Learning Network Matters
- CMS’ COVID-19 Flexibility Fact Sheet for FQHCs and RHCs
4/02/20 Telehealth: Starting Now and For the Future
3/17/20 Telehealth Tuesdays: Telehalth for Behavioral Health, SUD, and MAT
2/16/21 Compliance for Interoperability and Information Blocking
10/22/20 Big Sky Care Connect Introduction
8/19/20 Technology Showcase
- Vivify Health
- Luma Health
4/22/20 EHR Data Hygiene Tools: Methods for Finding and Fixing Issues that could be Hindering Your Progress on Quality
4/7/20 Health Center Framework for Effective Electronic Patient Engagement