Uniform Data System (UDS) Resources

Each year, Health Center Program grantees and look-alikes report on their performance using the measures defined in the Uniform Data System (UDS). HRSA offers manuals, webinars, trainings online and at various state/regional/national meetings, and other technical assistance resources to assist health centers in collecting and submitting their data.

UDS Modernization 

Learn more about UDS modernization efforts, which aim to reduce reporting burden, improve data quality and usage, and better reflect Health Center Program impact.

UDS Manuals

For prior year manuals, please contact the BPHC Helpline.

UDS Clinical Performance Reporting Requirements

The Clinical Performance Reporting Requirements crosswalk identifies reporting requirements surrounding UDS clinical quality measures (CQMs). The crosswalk highlights the major differences between the CQMs for 2017 UDS reporting and 2016 UDS reporting. Access the 2017 Clinical Performance Requirements Crosswalk (PDF - 150 KB).

Validation Rules – Edits

Edits are a series of system validations that identify potential data entry errors, request additional information, and support accuracy of data before health centers submit their final UDS report. Edits validate the data entered within a table, between two or more tables, and between grant specific and universal tables. Depending upon the type of edit, health centers are requested to correct potentially inaccurate data or provide further explanation of the data before they are accepted as final submissions. Find the complete validation (PDF - 9 MB) list, or find the quick overview (PDF - 181 KB) of the top 20 validation rules.

On-Demand Webinars

In-Person Uniform Data System (UDS) Training Opportunities Available Now through January, 2018 
BPHC, in collaboration with the Primary Care Associations, hosts in-person UDS trainings nationwide. The full-day program explores the preparation of the 2017 UDS Report and the associated tables, including a discussion of the recent changes and the definitions necessary to complete the report. The UDS training is aimed at those individuals who are responsible for gathering and reporting the data; management and clinical staff who need to understand the definitions and concepts; and staff who use the data in their program management and quality improvement activities.

View the list of dates and locations for UDS training opportunities (PDF - 135 KB)

2017 Uniform Data System (UDS) Changes Webinar 
May 9, 2017 
Presentation (PDF - 641 KB) | On Demand Webinar Recording
This UDS technical assistance webinar provided detailed information for health centers and stakeholders on the changes related to the 2017 UDS. The session included a summary of the approved changes for 2017 UDS, including possible changes for 2018 and 2019, and revised clinical measures resulting from alignment with electronic specified clinical quality measures (eCQMs).

Using Uniform Data System (UDS) Data and Reports for Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement 
January 11, 2017
Presentation (PDF - 1.6 MB) | On Demand Webinar Recording
This UDS technical assistance webinar held on January 11, 2017 provided detailed information on how health center data stakeholders can access standard UDS reports, interpret the data in the reports, and how stakeholders can leverage these data for tracking performance and quality improvement efforts. In addition, participants explored how to use the UDS audit report and reviewed the process to submit an accurate UDS report.

Introduction to 2016 Uniform Data System Clinical Measures Reporting
December 14, 2016
Presentation (PDF - 641 KB) | On Demand Webinar Recording
This webinar provides detailed information on how to report clinical measures through understanding the framework of the Uniform Data System (UDS) clinical tables including using the new electronic-specified Clinical Quality Measures (e-CQM) standards. Strategies for checking health center data for accuracy and identifying benchmarks for assessing clinical quality were also covered.

Understanding and Preparing for Your Uniform Data System (UDS) Submission 
November 3, 2016
Presentation (PDF - 1 MB) | On-Demand Webinar Recording
This webinar prepares grantees for submitting the UDS report, including the importance of the UDS and key definitions, report preparation, reviewing the data for accuracy, and how to use UDS data.  In addition, the webinar explores the use of data from multiple systems, available technical assistance, and critical dates in the UDS process.

2016 Uniform Data System (UDS) Changes
April 12, 2016
Presentation (PDF - 643 KB) | Audio Replay (MP3 - 7 MB) | Transcript (PDF - 67 KB)
Learn more about changes to 2016 UDS reporting, including sexual orientation and gender identity in patient characteristics (Table 3A, 3B), community health workers and dental therapists in the staffing tables (Table 5, 8A), revisions to clinical quality measures to improve measure alignment and data standardization (Table 6B, 7), and two new elements on the electronic health record (EHR) capabilities and quality recognition form.

Clinical Measure Reporting
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Presentation (PDF - 1 MB) | On-Demand Webinar Recording

Preparing for and Understanding Your UDS Submission
Monday, November 16, 2015
Presentation (PDF - 1 MB) | On-Demand Webinar Recording

Expansion and Integration of Oral Health Services
December 11, 2015
On-Demand Webinar Recording

2015 Uniform Data System (UDS) Changes
May 6, 2015
Presentation (PDF - 263 KB) | Audio Replay (MP3 - 9 MB) | Transcript (PDF - 76 KB)
Learn more about changes to 2015 UDS reporting, including an addition to patient characteristics (Table 4), ICD-10 reporting (Tables 6A, 6B, and 7), a new oral health measure (Table 6B), and revision to the diabetes control measure (Table 7).

UDS Sampling Methods, including Randomizer.org

November 6, 2014

Presentation (PDF - 800 KB) | Audio Replay (MP3 - 14 MB) | Transcript (PDF - 159 KB)

Review the purpose of a random sample, and correct methods for generating a random sample and chart substitutions to report data for UDS.

Introduction to UDS for Look-Alikes

October 22, 2014

Presentation (PDF - 946 KB) | Audio Replay (MP3 - 12 MB) | Transcript (PDF - 179 KB)

Review reporting requirements, unique program requirements, and overview of the review process for Health Center Program Look-Alikes submitting data into UDS.

Introduction to UDS Clinical Measures

October 20, 2014

Presentation (PDF - 814 KB) | Audio Replay (MP3 - 16 MB) | Transcript (PDF - 182 KB)

Review Table 6B and 7 clinical measures (including prenatal) and discuss strategies for evaluating reported data.

UDS for New Submitters

October 15, 2014

Presentation (PDF - 520 KB) | Transcript (PDF - 143 KB)

Review the purpose, importance, review process, deadlines and definitions of the Uniform Data System (UDS).

2014 UDS Changes

April 9, 2014

Presentation (PDF - 315 KB) | Audio Replay (MP3 - 19 MB) | Transcript (PDF - 147 KB)

Review and discuss changes to 2014 UDS reporting, including patient characteristics (Table 4), patient counts (Table 6A), reportable services (Table 6B and 7), quality of care measures (Table 6B), health outcomes and disparities measures (Table 7), and EHR capabilities and quality recognition.

Health Center Adjusted Quartile Ranking

The health center adjusted quartile ranking assesses a health center’s clinical performance compared with other health centers.

UDS Help

UDS Content, such as what data should be included in your UDS report:

  • Email us or contact via Phone: 1-866-UDS-HELP (1-866-837-4357)
  • 8:30 am to 5:30 pm ET, Monday through Friday (except Federal holidays)

UDS Electronic Reporting System:

  • Contact us online or via Phone: 1-877-974-BPHC (2742)
  • 8:30 am to 5:30 pm ET, Monday through Friday (except Federal holidays)

Electronic Handbook (EHB), such as account setup, password, and other access issues:

Contact EHB Help online

Date Last Reviewed: September 2017