April 19, 2014

ACU Member to Testify Before Congress


On Wednesday April 9th, the Senate HELP Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging will be holding a hearing on “Addressing Primary Care Access and Workforce Challenges: Voices from the Field.” ACU’s Jim Hotz, MD has been invited to testify about the importance of the National Health Service Corps program and the recruitment and retention challenges in shortage areas. Dr. Hotz, who is on ACU's Board of Directors, currently serves as Clinical Services Director for Albany Area Primary Health Care in … [Read more...]

Justin D’Addario Joins ACU Board


Justin D’Addario was elected to the ACU Board of Directors in January and officially begins service starting this month. Currently a medical student at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, D’Addario is on track to graduate in 2017. He received his bachelor’s degree with a double major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University at Albany - State University of New York and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Prior to medical school, Justin worked as an undergraduate researcher and … [Read more...]

Kirsten Thomsen Joins ACU Board


Nationally recognized physician assistant Kirsten Thomsen was elected to the ACU Board of Directors in December and officially begins her service starting this month. Thomsen has substantial experience in health care delivery and policy and ACU is excited to have her join the Board of Directors. Thomsen moved to Maine in 2010 from Washington DC where she was faculty at The George Washington University PA Program since 2003.  She also served with the Emergency Medical Reserve Corps (sent to … [Read more...]

The Built Environment and Children’s Health


The built environment refers to human-made settings such as roads, buildings, sidewalks, and play structures. The built environment is important in our communities because it affects our physical and mental health and well-being by encouraging – or discouraging – positive activities. The built environment, if designed as a healthy community, is particularly important to children’s health as it can benefit them in many different ways. On the other hand, living in communities that are unsafe or … [Read more...]

Security and Privacy: Making the Budget Case

Mark your calendar for this free webinar on Funding Security and Privacy: Making the Case for Your Budget, Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 1 - 2 p.m. ET, offered by ACU and QiP Solutions.  Register here Have you been tasked with meeting HIPAA security and privacy requirements without an adequate budget?  For many smaller providers, clinics and hospitals, funding of security and privacy is not a priority • What information needs to be presented to business planners to ensure that smaller … [Read more...]

Developing an Asthma Clinical Decision Support Tool

ACU and the Alliance of Chicago have partnered to create an electronic Asthma Clinical Decision Support tool intended to improve asthma care in primary care settings. The tool is is based on the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute's evidence-based asthma clinical guidelines. Embedded in the electronic health record, the Asthma Clinical Decision Support tool prompts clinicians to educate and engage patients and their families about environmental asthma triggers. It also provides data for … [Read more...]

Replay: HIPAA HITECH Webinar Now Available

Anna Gard, RN, CFNP

Becoming HIPAA HITECH Compliant - Identifying and Managing Privacy and Security Risks in Vulnerable Populations Click here to Listen to the Recorded Webinar Presenters: Anna Gard, FNP-BC, ACU Health IT and Quality Consultant Robert Zimmerman, Managing Director QiP Solutions, HIPAA HITECH EXPRESS™ Did you know: Approximately 90% of smaller providers, clinics and hospitals have not yet met Meaningful Use and HIPAA Security and Privacy Rule requirements? Greater use of … [Read more...]

What a Government Shutdown Means to Health Programs


By Craig A. Kennedy, MPH By now you’ve heard or read enough news to know that a government shutdown is very possible come October 1st, but what does it mean to health care delivery?  Well, as you would expect, it means different things to different programs. Let’s start with the definition of a “government shutdown.”  The federal government’s fiscal year runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, so by October 1st of each year Congress must pass and the President must sign appropriations bills to … [Read more...]


NEWS RELEASE September 18, 2013 For more information: Robert Zimmerman (302) 604-8849, email rzimmerman@qipsolutions.com HIT Week Update:  ACU Partners with HIPAA HITECH EXPRESS on Solution for Safety Net Providers Healthcare providers are one lost-or-stolen laptop, tablet or smartphone away from a data-theft nightmare while facing increasingly stringent federal regulations that require health data security. The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) has partnered with QIP … [Read more...]

IT Resources for Safety Net Providers


ACU and HIMSS are collaborating to promote Health IT resources and workforce-training opportunities available to support medically underserved communities as part of National Health IT Week, which begins today and goes through September 20. In the joint fact sheet on Health IT Resources for Safety Net and Rural Health Care Communities (PDF) being released today, ACU and HIMSS have identified available resources to help safety net providers overcome the unique challenges they face, including … [Read more...]