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2019 UDS Proposed Program Assistance Letter (PAL) Released

HRSA released the PAL to highlight proposed changes to the UDS for calendar year 2019. Proposed changes include:
Addition of mental health and substance use disorder tables by provider
Addition of column in Table 5: Staffing and Utilization to capture virtual visits
Removal of Table 5A: Tenure for Health Center Staff
Addition of Closing the Referral Loop: Receipt of Specialist report
Replacement of coronary artery disease measure with statin therapy for the prevention
and treatment of cardiovascular disease
Revision of Appendix D: Health Center Electronic Health Record Capabilities and
Quality Recognition
Addition of Appendix F: Workforce

Health Center Program awardees and look-alikes will use the reporting changes detailed in the PAL when reporting data beginning January 1, 2020. The 2019 UDS Manual will include additional details regarding these changes.