Understand HIPAA violations to prevent them from happening to you By now most people are familiar with the term HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). It has been around since 1996, and even more enforced since 2001 with the onset of the Privacy Rule. It has become a critical factor in protecting patients’ health information.   There are thousands of breaches filed every year, most of ... Read more...

What’s in your Family Planning Annual Report? (FPAR) For many Local Health Departments (LHD) and Community Health Centers including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), there are nearly innumerable reports that must be filed on an annual basis for grant funding, special designations, or to attest for Meaningful Use to receive incentive money. Often these reports can be time consuming and burdensome on clinic ... Read more...

Core Quality Measures Collaborative Released Seven sets of Clinical Quality Measures Seven new core quality measure sets to be used as a basis for quality-based payments. This was recently announced by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and its member plans’ Chief Medical Officers, leaders from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Quality Forum (NQF), as well as national physician organizations, employers, consumers, ... Read more...

Time is Money: FQHC Requirements from their EHR While selecting an effective Electronic Health Record (EHR) is an onerous task for any medical clinic, it can be especially taxing on Community Health Centers including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). These clinics are often serving in rural locations and have been open for decades operating on the same paper system and procedures. They are ... Read more...

6 Tip strategy to increase patient engagement The use of electronic health record (EHR) in the exam room changes the dynamics of the clinical charting process. Many health professionals are not that savvy with new technology and it can be exacerbating to say the least. As a result, many doctors spend too much face time with the computer rather than the patient; ... Read more...

Four Ways to Exchange Data with Community Providers Four Ways to Exchange Data with Community Providers: Understand Your Specific Clinic’s Needs to Find the Right Alternative Over the past several years, and with a push from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) meaningful use Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentives program, there has been an increase in adoption of EHR. However, while use ... Read more...