Coding Productivity During ICD-10 Transition Matters. Practical Resource for Local Health Departments As the October 1st ICD-10 changeover date quickly approaches, people are on edge about what to expect. While the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) have added flexibility in the claims audit and quality reporting processes, the problems remain about other issues, mostly the readiness factors (i.e. coder ... Read more...

What is Health Information Exchange and Why is it Important for EHR use? Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have become a very important and integral part of the healthcare system. Despite the initial hesitation to switch to the EHR, overwhelming majority of organizations which have switched to EHR cannot imagine going back to paper. EHRs improve efficiency and increase reimbursements while improving patient care. As providers become more fluent ... Read more...

Three key steps to get EHR incentives for local health departments. Do not miss out. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) EHR incentives for eligible entities, like local health departments, are quite easy to get. For Medicaid, Eligible Providers (EPs) (MD, NP or certified midwife, providing direct patient care, qualify) can get the EHR incentives. Each EP can get a total of $63,750 over a period of six ... Read more...

Now that you have an Electronic Health Record, what is your strategy for scanning medical records? All local health departments and private practices have old paper charts. As part of the implementation and training process, your EHR vendor should work with you to define an appropriate scanning strategy/approach. Based on the volume of scanning involved, most health organizations purchase or use office scanners which meet their needs of speed, efficiency and ... Read more...

Do you have a Smart EHR? Find out Now Smart EHRRemember flip phones? OK, I know some people who still use them, but today most people would be lost without a smart phone. They want to be able to access real-time data any time and anywhere. They want to easily communicate and stay connected. They want personal apps at their fingertips. So imagine an intuitive ... Read more...

Working Together: Top 10 Public Health Achievements in 10 year span. How can local health departments continue to make more impact? Remember the eye exams for color blindness? Where a series of dots in various colors hide a number or a shape? At first it may be hard to see, but once you identify the number, it becomes quite easy to focus on it.   Well with the public health goals it is quite similar. Having achieved ... Read more...