Evidence-based Strategies: A key factor for Community Health Assessments for Public Health Evidence-based Strategies: A key factor for Community Health Assessments for Public HealthCommunity Health Assessments (CHAs) have been around for more than 20 years and are used by Local Health Departments (LHDs) to develop a 3 or 4 year Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). If your county has not conducted a CHA within the last couple of years, here are some changes the North Carolina Institute for ... Read more...

Connecting to Health Information Exchange (HIE) via EHR – how it helps syndromic surveillance for public health Public Health ConnectivityOnce all community EHRs are connected via Health Information Exchange (HIE) it will be powerful for public health departments to see real-time disease spreading statewide via syndromic surveillance and GIS mapping.   Concentrating on local community concerns, public health departments strategize on policies and tactics used to protect and improve the health of their community. This is ... Read more...

Ten Indicators That You Should Replace and Modernize Your EHR System 10 indicatorsTen indicators that you should replace and modernize your Electronic Health Record (EHR). If your agency has three of these indicators, you should search for another EHR.   Not all EHRs are created equally. Some are archaic and cumbersome, and require too much IT support. Some are expensive and yet still do not do everything that you ... Read more...

Understanding Medicare Incident-To Billing for Public Health Incident-to BillingWith shrinking budgets, it is important that local health departments focus on maximizing revenues. Billing is complex and confusing. Inappropriate billing is costing local health departments a lot of lost revenue.   One important concept to understand is incident-to billing. “Incident-to” services are defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as those services that ... Read more...

Learn how to implement Stage 2 Meaningful Use and EHR interoperability standards InteroperabilityStage 2 Meaningful Use is a bit more involved than the Stage 1 requirements. There is a lot to know and getting it straight doesn’t happen overnight. But there’s help. The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) has online training modules available to help educate Eligible Professional (EPs) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) on how ... Read more...