Revised EHR Incentive Program Could Get Behavioral Health and Public Health Agencies on the Same Team Behavioral health EHR IncentiveAccording to HealthIT.gov, “an estimated 26% of Americans age 18 and older are living with a mental health disorder in any given year, and 46% will have a mental health disorder over the course of their lifetime. In addition, an estimated 8% of Americans are in need of drug or alcohol abuse treatment.”  Mental health and drug ... Read more...

The Public Health Battle against TB Continues TB continuesIn our blog “Can Electronic Health Records help Public Health win the war against TB?” we talked about how EHRs can help fight the battle against TB.  Well, the federal government is taking a stronger stance on it as well!  Recently, the white house issued a National Action Plan for Combating Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis.  This ... Read more...

Can Electronic Health Records help Public Health win the war against TB? WAR against TBAccording to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there has been an overall 2.2% decline in the number of active cases of Tuberculosis since 1993.  There are of course exceptions, such as the state of Washington which is up 7% this year.  TB kills more than 4,000 people every day, worldwide, and approximately ... Read more...

What Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) Need to Know About the 340B Drug Program 340B_3While healthcare funding and new regulations continue to evolve, there can often be confusion about various programs for federally funded centers on how these programs intersect. For safety-net providers like Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and publicly funded family planning clinics, plans like the 340B drug pricing program are intended to stretch scarce federal resources ... Read more...

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...