U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell recently announced that Affordable Care Act funding would be awarded to 16 health centers in Minnesota to recognize health center quality improvement achievements. Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais is one of the facilities being recognized.
The Clinic was recognized as a “health center quality leader” because it was among the top 30 percent of all health centers that achieved the best overall clinical outcomes. Seven Minnesota health centers received funding in this category. Sawtooth Mountain Clinic will receive $22,350.
Sawtooth Mountain Clinic received an additional award of $7,350 for its use of electronic health record (EHR) reporting, one of only four Minnesota health centers which received funding in the EHR category.
Clinic Director Rita Plourde said, “The clinical service team works extremely hard to identify and better serve the individual needs of our patients, most importantly those with chronic diseases. This funding award will assist in facilitating access to increased services such as support for care coordination for our patients.