Posted By Hope Alfaro On March 28, 2016
Patagonia Health, a Cary, NC-based EHR software vendor, in collaboration with Appalachian District Health Department, implements Uniform Data System (UDS) reports to comply with the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) reporting requirements for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).
Every year HRSA requires that FQHCs and FQHC look-alikes report on their performance on certain measures as defined by UDS. The task is a necessary, but often burdensome, requirement to maintain FQHC designation and federal grant funding through HRSA’s Health Center Program. Recently, Appalachian District Health Department qualified as a FQHC and completed their first UDS reporting this February.
“We are a local health department that provided primary care along with traditional public health clinical programs. By applying for designation as a public entity FQHC, we realized we can serve our community even better. We are so enthusiastic about the continued improvement and expansion of services that we can develop as an FQHC. ” said Beth Lovette, Director of the Appalachian District Health Department. “FQHC annual grant is a big boost to our health department and our community. As part of FQHC we have certain obligations to provide annual UDS reports. We reached out to our Electronic Health Record (EHR) partner and their reporting experts worked closely with us to allow us to comply with the UDS reporting requirement”
Patagonia Health’s reporting options allow already time-strained personnel to quickly and accurately report on their performance and get back to treating medically under-served communities. The built-in EHR reports also come with Patagonia Health’s reporting experts, who are well versed with UDS and can guide new and developing FQHCs through the arduous process. “Patagonia Health experts were very instrumental in developing our reports to meet the requirements and submit within the deadline we were working under” adds Lovette.
“Not only does Patagonia Health EHR include all the functionality a community health center or FQHC needs, we are delighted to hold our customer’s hands to submit UDS reports in time. Automating the process of generating UDS reports is a big time saver, “ says Ashok Mathur, Co-Founder and CEO, Patagonia Health.
About Appalachian District Health Department:
The Appalachian District Health Department comprises the counties in the northwestern most corner of North Carolina; Alleghany, Ashe and Watauga. Approximately 78,305 people live in the Appalachian District which covers 974 square miles of mountainous terrain. The health department provides essential health and wellness to the Appalachian District community, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. Their mission is to promote safe and healthy living, prevent disease, and protect the environment through education and provision of essential services.
About the Health Resources and Services Administration:
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving health and achieving health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce and innovative programs. HRSA was created in 1982, when the Health Resources Administration and the Health Services Administration were merged. HRSA’s programs provide health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable. Their mission is to improve health and achieve health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce and innovative programs.
About Patagonia Health Inc.
Patagonia Health Inc. is a healthcare software supplier that has built a cloud and apps-based software solution. The solution includes an integrated, federally-certified, Electronic Health Record (EHR), Practice Management (PM) and Billing software. The company’s mission is to solve two major barriers to EHR adoption, usability and cost, and address customers’ number one problem: billing. Patagonia Health’s one-of-a-kind apps-based system represents a paradigm shift in the EHR software industry, and its highly-intelligent solution uses sophisticated technology that is extremely easy-to-use. Innovative and unique apps provide timely data for organizations to improve workflow, streamline their operations and take their organizations to the next level. For more information, visit www.patagoniahealth.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, contact:
Patagonia Health Inc.
1915 Evans Road
Cary, NC 27513
Phone: (919) 238.4780
Fax: (919) 238.7920