The Loudoun Free Clinic has been selected as one of 50 free clinics in the United States to collect and report on a standardized set of quality measures.
These measures will lay a foundation for improvements in care and will give clinic leaders a tool to demonstrate their quality of care and assess their progress in promoting health equity.
In the United States, Free Clinics serve low-income patients who are uninsured. Clinics need to know who is currently receiving care and at what level. A consortium of stakeholders including Americares, Loyola University Chicago and the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics are designing an infrastructure to enable clinics across the country to collect and report on quality measures. This initiative is called, “Roadmap to Health Equity.”
By collecting and reporting on a standardized set of quality measures and sociodemographic factors, the Roadmap to Health Equity will lay a foundation for improvements in care and give clinics a tool to demonstrate quality of care and assess their progress in promoting health equity. The data will also serve to address myths and misconceptions about the quality of care provided by free and charitable clinics.