What’s in your Family Planning Annual Report? (FPAR) For 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 Seven 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...

Time is Money: FQHC Requirements from their EHR UDS ReportingWhile selecting an effective Electronic Health Record (EHR) is an onerous task for any medical clinic, it can be especially taxing on Community Health Centers including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). These clinics are often serving in rural locations and have been open for decades operating on the same paper system and procedures. They are ... Read more...

6 Tip strategy to increase patient engagement The use of electronic health record (EHR) in the exam room changes the dynamics of the clinical charting process. Many health professionals are not that savvy with new technology and it can be exacerbating to say the least. As a result, many doctors spend too much face time with the computer rather than the patient; ... Read more...

Enhancing Revenue for Family Planning Clinics With the worries of a major loss of Title X funding across the nation, Family Planning clinics need to be cautious about spending and streamlining all efforts in order to keep costs minimal. Family planning services are provided by a variety of agencies including local health departments, community health centers (CHC), and federally qualified Health ... Read more...

Conducting a workflow analysis for public health departments: Will your EHR vendor perform this for you? In a previous blog we talked about how an EHR can help streamline your workflow and improve operations. Here we are going to focus on the process and workflow itself. Adopting an EHR does not automatically change your workflow. So what needs to be done to reach peak efficiency and what are the best practices ... Read more...