Clinicians soon to be rewarded for providing quality patient care with new Medicare Payment System (MACRA) With efforts of providing clinicians the tools and flexibility to provide high-quality, patient-centered care, the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) recently finalized and published a new payment system for Medicare clinicians, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).  This new system was designed with input from thousands of clinicians and ... Read more...

Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment and Community Health (FQHC) Affordable Care ActSince 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...

Streamline your community health center with improved UDS Reporting options UDS ReportingPatagonia Health has recently improved HRSA-required Uniform Data System (UDS) reporting tools in its Electronic Health Record (EHR). The tools are ready for use for all Federally Qualified Health Centers. Now with one, simple click all UDS reports are produced in tables as specified by HRSA.   New demographics options and FQHC-specific terminology has been added to ... Read more...