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Jan 4 -- The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services, invites comments by March 6, 2023 on its proposed extension of the Health Center Patient Survey to 2026.

The Health Center Program, administered by HRSA, is authorized under section 330 of the Public Health Service Act. Health centers are community-based and patient-directed organizations that deliver affordable, accessible, quality, and cost-effective primary health care services to patients regardless of their ability to pay. Nearly 1,400 health centers operate over 14,000 service delivery sites that provide primary health care to more than 30 million people in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin.
 
In the past, HRSA has conducted the Health Center Patient Survey (HCPS), which surveys patients of HRSA supported health centers. The HCPS collects information about sociodemographic characteristics, health conditions, health behaviors, access to and utilization of health care services, and satisfaction with health care received at HRSA supported health centers. The renewal of the HCPS will utilize the same modules from the 2022 HCPS (OMB #0915-0368). There is no change to the current survey instruments. Survey results come from in-person, one-on-one interviews with patients who are selected as representative of the Health Center Program patient population nationally.

The HCPS is unique because it focuses on comprehensive, nationally representative, individual level data from the perspective of health center patients. By investigating how well HRSA supported health centers meet health care needs of the medically underserved and how patients perceive their quality of care, the HCPS serves as an empirically based resource to inform HRSA policy, funding, and planning decisions.

Likely Respondents: Staff and patients at HRSA supported health centers. Annual number: 23,058.
 
HCPS: https://bphc.hrsa.gov/data-reporting/health-center-patient-survey
2020 submission to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202012-0915-002
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-28586

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