Partners HealthCare gives $90m to health centers

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Partners HealthCare plans to award community health centers $90 million over the next 15 years under a new grant program, part of a broad push to strengthen Massachusetts primary care providers.

In the first round of grants, it will give $4.25 million to 49 community health centers across the state to help them adopt immediate improvements, such as upgrading technology that tracks patients’ health and redesigning office procedures so caregivers can spend more time with patients.

The grants will help centers improve their computer systems, so they can produce more sophisticated quality-of-care reports for insurers and for internal use, such as those showing whether caregivers are helping diabetic patients control their blood sugar. This is increasingly important as more insurers and government payers are basing fees in part on quality measures.

Read more in the Boston Globe.

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