6 Things Your EHR Must Do to Secure Patient Information6 Things Your EHR Must Do to Secure Patient Information

In order to successfully attest to Meaningful Use (MU), public health eligible professionals (EPs) must comply with 15 core objectives established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). A big part of this includes complying with HIPAA’s privacy and security rule through risk analysis requirements.   CMS’s Core Objective to “Protect Electronic Health Information” requires ...
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Healthcare and Public Health System; As it is Today and How it Should EvolveHealthcare and Public Health System; As it is Today and How it Should Evolve

Our Guest – Dr. Stephanie Bailey, Dean and Director of Public Health Initiatives, College of Health Sciences, TN State University Over the years, physicians and healthcare providers have played a role in addressing many of the non-medical issues – absolutely! Doctors are educated – you learn to take the history, you learn to do the physical ...
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Three easy steps to increase reimbursements for public health departmentsThree easy steps to increase reimbursements for public health departments

Three easy steps to increase reimbursements for public health departments.  How a modern Electronic Health Record software can be your friend.   Over the past few years, local health departments have continued to see their budgets shrink. Federal government has mandated that all clinics, including public health, must adopt a federally certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) software. ...
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Evidence-based Strategies: A key factor for Community Health Assessments for Public Health

Community Health Assessments (CHAs) have been around for more than 20 years and are used by Local Health Departments (LHDs) to develop a 3 or 4 year Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). If your county has not conducted a CHA within the last couple of years, here are some changes the North Carolina Institute for ...
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Connecting to Health Information Exchange (HIE) via EHR – how it helps syndromic surveillance for public healthConnecting to Health Information Exchange (HIE) via EHR - how it helps syndromic surveillance for public health

Once all community EHRs are connected via Health Information Exchange (HIE) it will be powerful for public health departments to see real-time disease spreading statewide via syndromic surveillance and GIS mapping.   Concentrating on local community concerns, public health departments strategize on policies and tactics used to protect and improve the health of their community. This is ...
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Understanding Medicare Incident-To Billing for Public HealthUnderstanding Medicare Incident-To Billing for Public Health

With shrinking budgets, it is important that local health departments focus on maximizing revenues. Billing is complex and confusing. Inappropriate billing is costing local health departments a lot of lost revenue.   One important concept to understand is incident-to billing. “Incident-to” services are defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as those services that ...
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