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Family Planning Clinics Kick Off the New Year with Cervical Health Focus [1] [1]Family planning clinics are promoting Cervical Health Awareness Month – and we all should applaud!   Per, the National Cervical Cancer Coalition:  “Nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, but the disease is virtually always preventable with vaccination and appropriate screening (Pap and HPV tests).”   We should stand up and applaud:  in a world of ... Read more... [1]

A Healthy EHR = a Healthy Bottom Line: “No blood clots allowed!” [2] [2]Getting the bottom line healthy for any health-care related clinic or business is the business equivalent of the aorta to the human body: it is the life-line for health to abound for both patients and employees.   The overall health of a person’s body is keenly tied to blood successfully flowing through the aorta – the largest ... Read more... [2]

Patagonia Health Ready for New Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers [3] Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers are Changing [3]Medicare Identification Numbers for beneficiaries will be changing! Beginning April, 2018 Medicare will not be using the beneficiary Social Security Numbers as part of the identification numbers for medical claims. The new MBI (Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers) will be an 11 digit alpha-numeric ID. Medicare will be mailing new cards to the beneficiary addresses they have ... Read more... [3]

Will Mental Health Providers get EHR Incentives? [4] EHR Incentives for Behavioral Health [4]H.R. 3331, a bill to “amend title XI of the Social Security Act to promote testing of incentive payments for behavioral health providers for adoption and use of certified electronic health record technology” was introduced to Congress on July 20, 2017, by Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Doris Matsui (D-CA). Additionally, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) ... Read more... [4]

3 Ways (+1 bonus) EHR Data Helps Calm the Opioid Crisis [5] Using EHR data to help kick the opioid habit [5]  Coordinating patient information through EHR data, and shared among healthcare providers, leads to better, more focused care to patients.  A complete picture emerges of the various health aspects of each individual, including physical health and mental health.  In the case of licit opioid use (e.g. oxycodone) often it is physical health problems that initially warrants ... Read more... [5]

EHR Customer Satisfaction: UPswing! [6] EHR Customer satisfaction upbeat [6]Results of the 2017 HEALTHCARE IT NEWS “EHR Satisfaction Survey” indicate a move in the positive direction for respondents in feeling that their providers and not only listening to their concerns but are also evolving their systems in responsiveness to user feedback – in other words, EHR customer satisfaction is on the rise.  “It is ... Read more... [6]