Combating Misinformation in your Health Department or FQHC Advancements in technology have greatly improved efficiency and outcomes for both healthcare providers and patients. Electronic Health Records (EHR) help to advance clinical care coordination and billing, medical technology innovations have provided new, cost effective treatments, and continued research improves knowledge and data every day.   But along with the good, technology has also brought new problems ... Read more...

HHS begins awarding funds to FQHCs to combat Zika The Zika virus continues to dominate health news and new research as organizations work to determine the best route to combat the spread of the virus. Increasing concern is the 2016 Summer Olympic Games to be hosted in Rio de Janiero, Brazil – one of the South American countries most affected by the current outbreak. ... Read more...

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...

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 EHRs. While use of ... Read more...