Is Stage 3 Meaningful Use in the hot seat? Ready or not, Stage 3 Meaningful Use is coming albeit with some needed flexibility.   There is no exception to adopt and become meaningful use (MU) compliant: all clinics, including public health, must comply. With huge investments already made by numerous healthcare centers nationwide, there is a demand for the sustainability of the meaningful use program. But, ... Read more...

How can EHR photo IDs help local health departments uniquely identify patients? How can EHR photos help local health departments uniquely identify patients?Many public health departments have unique patient populations, which can increase difficulties in properly identifying their patients. In an ever changing world, local health departments are seeing patients from different parts of the world including Latin America, Burma, and Cambodia etc. Spellings can be confusing. To complicate patient check-in process, some patients use first name ... Read more...

Learn what it means for billing and payments under ICD-10-CM rules ICD-10-CM CodesTwo things you should do now to get ready for ICD 10 switch over on October 1, 2015. Learn what it means for billing and payments under ICD-10-CM rules.   Public health billing staff and all healthcare centers have huge changes in billing coming down the pike! And there is no rollover or trial period.   Per the Centers ... Read more...

The 6 must-haves for an easy to use EHR for Local Health Departments. With the federal mandate for adoption of an Electronic Health Record (EHR), one has no choice but to move to an EHR. All medical practices must move to meaningful use compliance and local health departments are not exempt. We know that local health department professionals are good at what they do, but not all staff ... Read more...

Title X FPAR is about to get a whole lot easier! Here are two federal changes which will help. Family Planning Profile FPAR 2.0 InteroperabilityHow can a federal move to new Family Planning Annual Report FPAR 2.0 and a federal mandate to move to a certified EHR help? Family planning clinics can now simplify reporting, improve workflow and increase efficiency. Here is how you can take advantage of these changes and take your organization to the next level.   Many of ... Read more...

What will the role of state and local health departments be in 2020? Chief Public Health Strategist? State and local health departments are facing growing challenges, including infectious disease threats such as Ebola; a rising burden of chronic illness and an increasingly diverse population. At the same time, fiscal constraints accompanying the 2007–2008 recession and its aftermath hammered local, state, and territorial health agencies, which lost nearly 30,000 jobs—6 percent to 12 ... Read more...