Yanceyville, NC: Today, Health and Human Services (HSS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced more than $87 million in funding for 1,310 health centers in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virginia Islands and the Pacific Basin. Caswell Family Medical Center (CFMC) was among them and will receive $45,789.00.

“Health centers across the country [like CFMC] are instrumental in providing high-quality, comprehensive primary health care to millions of people,” said Secretary Burwell. “This investment will help unlock health care data and put it to work, improving health outcomes and building a better health care system for the American People.”

The funding will support health information technology enhancements to accelerate health centers’ transition to value-based models of care, improve efforts to share and use information to support better decisions, and increase engagement in delivery system transformation. This is the first significant investment HHS has made in health center-based technology since 2009.

“These awards will allow health centers [like CFMC] to deliver higher quality of care to patients and spend health care dollars in a smarter way,” said Jim Macrae, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Acting Administrator.

“This award comes at a perfect time” said CFMC CEO, William Crumpton. “CFMC will be able to update equipment that has long passed its useful life and have the resources necessary to ensure that our patients are able to achieve the best health outcomes possible. CFMC is proud to use this funding to push Caswell County one step closer to being a healthier and happier community.”

This funding comes from the Affordable Care Act’s Community Health Center (CHC) Fund, which was extended with bipartisan support in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015. The increased use of health information technology is part of the administration’s efforts to build a health care system that delivers better care, smarter spending and healthier people.

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