Will Your EHR Survive or Evolve to Meaningful Use Stage 3? Is your EHR vendor holding you hostage with exorbitant Meaningful Use upgrade costs?   Despite the fact that old, legacy Electronic Health Record (EHR) software is very cumbersome to use and is grossly inadequate for electronic charting and billing, public health departments (with an existing EHR) are reluctant to start over with a new system. Local health ... Read more...

Is Your Health Department Missing Out on EHR Medicaid Incentives? Find Out! There 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 In 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...

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...

Evidence-based Strategies: A key factor for Community Health Assessments for Public Health Community 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...