Are You Down with PPS? stock-photo-concept-image-of-accounting-business-acronym-pps-prospective-payment-system-written-over-road-346570037If you are currently billing to Medicaid or Medicare, you are likely familiar with the Prospective Payment System (PPS) outlined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). For Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) or those looking to get Health Center designation, PPS rates are updated yearly and the system is changed more frequently ... Read more...

21 Steps to a Successful EHR Implementation 21 stepsAdding a new technology to any workplace can be a disruption to the workflow process, a test to the staff and, therefore, a great challenge to management. This holds very true when implementing a new Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution for local health departments and other healthcare agencies. Without across-the-board buy-in from both clerical and ... Read more...

Understand HIPAA violations to prevent them from happening to you Prevent HIPAA ViolationsBy now most people are familiar with the term HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). It has been around since 1996, and even more enforced since 2001 with the onset of the Privacy Rule. It has become a critical factor in protecting patients’ health information.   There are thousands of breaches filed every year, most of ... Read more...

What’s in your Family Planning Annual Report? (FPAR) FparFor many Local Health Departments (LHD) and Community Health Centers including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), there are nearly innumerable reports that must be filed on an annual basis for grant funding, special designations, or to attest for Meaningful Use to receive incentive money. Often these reports can be time consuming and burdensome on clinic ... Read more...

Core Quality Measures Collaborative Released Seven sets of Clinical Quality Measures 7 setsSeven new core quality measure sets to be used as a basis for quality-based payments. This was recently announced by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and its member plans’ Chief Medical Officers, leaders from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Quality Forum (NQF), as well as national physician organizations, employers, consumers, ... Read more...