Revised EHR Incentive Program Could Get Behavioral Health and Public Health Agencies on the Same Team According to HealthIT.gov, “an estimated 26% of Americans age 18 and older are living with a mental health disorder in any given year, and 46% will have a mental health disorder over the course of their lifetime. In addition, an estimated 8% of Americans are in need of drug or alcohol abuse treatment.”  Mental health and drug ... Read more...

The Public Health Battle against TB Continues In our blog “Can Electronic Health Records help Public Health win the war against TB?” we talked about how EHRs can help fight the battle against TB.  Well, the federal government is taking a stronger stance on it as well!  Recently, the white house issued a National Action Plan for Combating Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis.  This ... Read more...

What Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) Need to Know About the 340B Drug Program While healthcare funding and new regulations continue to evolve, there can often be confusion about various programs for federally funded centers on how these programs intersect. For safety-net providers like Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and publicly funded family planning clinics, plans like the 340B drug pricing program are intended to stretch scarce federal resources ... Read more...

Are You Down with PPS? If you are currently billing to Medicaid or Medicare, you are likely familiar with the Prospective Payment System (PPS) outlined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). For Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) or those looking to get Health Center designation, PPS rates are updated yearly and the system is changed more frequently ... Read more...

21 Steps to a Successful EHR Implementation Adding a new technology to any workplace can be a disruption to the workflow process, a test to the staff and, therefore, a great challenge to management. This holds very true when implementing a new Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution for local health departments and other healthcare agencies. Without across-the-board buy-in from both clerical and ... Read more...

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...