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Mar 17 -- The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services, invites comments to OMB by April 21, 2023 on its proposed extension of the Health Center Patient Survey to 2026.

HRSA-supported health centers (those entities funded under section 330 of the Public Health Service Act) deliver comprehensive, affordable, quality primary health care to over 30 million patients nationwide, regardless of their ability to pay. Nearly 1,400 health centers operate over 14,000 service delivery sites in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin.

In the past, HRSA conducted the Health Center Patient Survey (HCPS), which surveys patients of HRSA-funded 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-funded health centers. The renewal of the HCPS will use 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-funded 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
HRSA submission to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202303-0915-004 Click IC List for information collection instrument, View Supporting Statement for technical documentation. Submit comments through this webpage.
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2023-05482

For AEA members wishing to submit comments, "A Primer on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections" is available at https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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