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Cover Letter for Better Health’s 23rd Report (describing data from January 2018 through December 2018)

  • For systems that have reported with us in the past, the deadline is February 27, 2019 and the cover letter describing the new data elements and other changes is here [pdf].

  • For systems that have never reported with us before, the pilot data are due February 27, 2019, and your cover letter is here [pdf].

Data Collection
The documents below specify the complete data request Better Health Partnership makes regarding adult patients from its participating members.

Adult Data Elements Specifications [Excel version] [PDF version] updated 8/15/2018
This document defines the key data elements for participating members covering adult patients (includes core elements for all patients, special elements for diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart failure, as well as colorectal cancer screening).
Public Reporting Standards [PDF version] updated 1/29/2019
This document describes how our Adult Data Elements are used to create our publicly reported measures & composites.
Timeline for Data Work [PDF version] updated 1/29/2019
This document provides the timeline related to Better Health Adult EHR data for our next four reports.
Sample Submission Spreadsheet for Adult EHR Data [Excel version] updated 7/21/2017
Here is an example of the final submission spreadsheet (with simulated data), based on our latest adult data request.
Excel Tool to Obtain Address-Based Data

The most recent [Jan 2017 build] version of Better Health's tool for obtaining information on income, education and other features based on zip codes or census blocks is now available, in .xlsm (macro-enabled) and .xls formats (Microsoft Excel 97-2003 worksheet) file.

BHP Data Tool for Address-Based Info Jan 2017 (.xlsm)- No restriction on number or rows.
BHP Data Tool for Address-Based Info Jan 2017 (.xls)- Has a limit of 64k rows

If you download and open the spreadsheet (please enable macros) you will find instructions for using the software to obtain estimates of income, education, and single-parent head of household levels, city and county residency using either patient zip codes, or, if you have geocoded address information, census blocks.

Some supplemental information about our address-based estimates is contained in this [PDF document] updated 1/29/2019.

Data Submission

The Data Center created a secure client portal in order to submit data. The instructions for the portal are found here.


If you have any questions, please contact Keith Hagans, our Director of Data Operations at keith.hagans@betterhealthpartnership.org We’d be happy to help.

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