Do the MACRA – Changes are coming sooner than you think MACRA EHRTo end the year on a high note, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Final Rule on October 14, 2016, for the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The changes provide the most complex and significant change to reimbursement in over 20 years. But how soon will these ... Read more...

Addiction in America: A $420 Billion-dollar fight in Behavioral Health Addiction EHRRecently, the surgeon general published a report on the state of substance use disorders, a topic that before the past year had never been discussed by a surgeon general in the context of healthcare. The report provides a much-needed viewpoint on the nature of substance use disorders, an increasingly visible problem in behavioral and mental ... Read more...

Clinicians soon to be rewarded for providing quality patient care with new Medicare Payment System (MACRA) Clinicians soon to be rewarded for providing quality patient care with new Medicare Payment System (MACRA)With efforts of providing clinicians the tools and flexibility to provide high-quality, patient-centered care, the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) recently finalized and published a new payment system for Medicare clinicians, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).  This new system was designed with input from thousands of clinicians and ... Read more...

Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment and Community Health (FQHC) fb_aca-300x300Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014, the uninsured rate among non-elderly adults dropped from 20.4% in 2013 to 12.8% in 20151. The groups most targeted by the ACA include poor and low-income individuals, those groups who frequently visit Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and Public Health Departments for care. This ... Read more...

Without a certified EHR, clinics are missing out on benefits of eRX certElectronic prescriptions (eRX) are on the rise. Today more than 77% of all prescriptions are digital.  According to HealthcareIT News, Surescripts network connected more than one million healthcare professionals and provided access to information on more than 240 million patients.  The network now conducts more transactions daily than Amazon or Uber, according to Surescripts’ CEO, ... Read more...

Accountable Care Organizations and you: What you need to know about ACOs and Community Health aco_bannerIn the United States, serving uninsured and under-insured patients has always been a cornerstone of the mission of community health centers, including FQHCs. But for patients who lack insurance and/or are chronically ill, communication and coordinating care can become an additional hurdle to overcome. Accountable Care Organizations, or ACOs, are groups of providers, doctors, nurses ... Read more...