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...

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...

How to improve your collections process with 5 easy changes In today’s medical billing world of keeping up with regulatory issues (like ICD 10 changes), it is imperative to have the right staff and workflow challenges and to have the right software to support your agency needs. If you are a public health department, a community health, behavioral health, FQHC or private practice, make sure ... Read more...