Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment and Community Health (FQHC) Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014, the uninsured rate among non-elderly adults dropped from 20.4% in 2013 to 12.8% in 20151. The groups most targeted by the ACA include poor and low-income individuals, those groups who frequently visit Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and Public Health Departments for care. This ... Read more...

Without a certified EHR, clinics are missing out on benefits of eRX Electronic prescriptions (eRX) are on the rise. Today more than 77% of all prescriptions are digital.  According to HealthcareIT News, Surescripts network connected more than one million healthcare professionals and provided access to information on more than 240 million patients.  The network now conducts more transactions daily than Amazon or Uber, according to Surescripts’ CEO, ... Read more...

Accountable Care Organizations and you: What you need to know about ACOs and Community Health In the United States, serving uninsured and under-insured patients has always been a cornerstone of the mission of community health centers, including FQHCs. But for patients who lack insurance and/or are chronically ill, communication and coordinating care can become an additional hurdle to overcome. Accountable Care Organizations, or ACOs, are groups of providers, doctors, nurses ... Read more...

Five Steps to a Successful EHR Data Migration As a result of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive program, many Public Health Departments, FQHCs and other health centers have been converting or upgrading their electronic records systems.  When converting from one electronic system to a new Electronic Health Records system, migrating data can be a complex ... Read more...

Improve quality and Improve Funding for FQHCs As the cost of healthcare continues to rise, the federal government looks to push preventative care and improved quality among Federally Qualified Health Centers. This can often lead to available grant funding awarded to Centers that can show improvement in preventable diseases and health issues. Recently, four FQHCs in Northeast Mississippi were awarded more than ... Read more...

Is the integration of mental health and healthcare the next big step? EHRs can help facilitate for greatest impact. It would make sense that viewing the mind and body together would build a more complete picture of a person’s health than viewing just one or the other separately. Analyzing a person’s health based solely on one area would be an incomplete assessment, it would be like looking at a jigsaw puzzle with several pieces ... Read more...