Is Your Health Department Missing Out on EHR Medicaid Incentives? Find Out! YES NO EP FlowchartThere are still many Public Health Departments that think they are not required to participate in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR Incentive Program. But public health departments are not exempt from Meaningful Use requirements and many departments have qualifying healthcare providers that should certainly take steps to get their EHR Medicaid ... Read more...

6 Things Your EHR Must Do to Secure Patient Information SecurityIn order to successfully attest to Meaningful Use (MU), public health eligible professionals (EPs) must comply with 15 core objectives established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). A big part of this includes complying with HIPAA’s privacy and security rule through risk analysis requirements.   CMS’s Core Objective to “Protect Electronic Health Information” requires ... Read more...

Vaccine-Preventable Diseases: Public Health vs Personal Choice. How can meaningful use EHR help keep public safe? VaccinesVaccines have been around for hundreds of years.  They have dramatically improved the health of our population.  But the dispute over personal choice vs. government mandates is still a sore subject with many people.  Federal mandates have increased over the years in support of improving public health and each state has different rulings of when ... Read more...

Healthcare and Public Health System; As it is Today and How it Should Evolve Dr. Stephanie BaileyOur Guest – Dr. Stephanie Bailey, Dean and Director of Public Health Initiatives, College of Health Sciences, TN State University Over the years, physicians and healthcare providers have played a role in addressing many of the non-medical issues – absolutely! Doctors are educated – you learn to take the history, you learn to do the physical ... Read more...

Three easy steps to increase reimbursements for public health departments reduce claims denials, reduce billing errors, expand number of payersThree easy steps to increase reimbursements for public health departments.  How a modern Electronic Health Record software can be your friend.   Over the past few years, local health departments have continued to see their budgets shrink. Federal government has mandated that all clinics, including public health, must adopt a federally certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) software. ... Read more...