April 20, 2014

Health IT and the Underserved

ACU believes that health information technology (health IT) is a vital tool in achieving the health care reform goals of increasing access, improving care delivery, engaging in culturally competent outreach and education, and enhancing workforce development and training.

An electronic health record that includes documentation of demographics, including race and ethnicity, risk factor assessments, and evidence-based preventive and chronic disease management decision support, enables clinicians to more effectively manage the complex health care needs of vulnerable populations. Health IT can assist in promoting patient self-management and self-empowerment through available cultural and linguistically appropriate patient information, improved communication with clinical staff, and support outreach efforts which lead to improved health outcomes and reduction in health disparities.

View the ACU Health IT Resource List here.

EHR Incentive Programs: What’s New for Stage 1 in 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed a new brochure on the EHR Incentive Programs, called "What's New in Stage 1 for 2014". Beginning in 2014, there are several changes to the Stage1 Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs meaningful use objectives, measures, and exclusions for eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs). These changes took effect on October 1, 2013, for eligible hospitals and CAHs and on January … [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...]

Replay: HIPAA HITECH Webinar Now Available

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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...]

Health Insurance Marketplace Launches

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Beginning today -- October 1 -- uninsured people can shop online for health insurance. If they enroll by December 15, their coverage will begin on January 1, 2014. The Health Insurance Marketplace for consumer is one of the most significant provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Millions of currently uninsured people will gain access to affordable insurance, some of them with subsidies, through the marketplace. Information for consumers is available at healthcare.gov (English) or … [Read more...]

ACU Partners with HIPAA HITECH EXPRESS

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

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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...]

Health IT and Privacy

Anna Gard, RN, CFNP

Raise Your Health Care Organization’s Security and Privacy Awareness… It’s the Law By Anna Gard, MSN, FNP-BC, ACU Health IT and Quality Consultant Summary: Is your organization taking measures to protect patient privacy as you adopt digital and mobile health technologies? Safety-net health care organizations experience greater vulnerabilities and higher risks for privacy and security breaches than other health organizations, most often because the risks are under-appreciated. Learn the 5 … [Read more...]

ACU Partners in National Health IT Week 2013

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This September, ACU will partner to advance health information technology to help improve healthcare with approximately 200 public and private sector organizations to participating in the 8th Annual National Health IT Week (September 16-20, 2013).  National Health IT Week 2013 is the premier event offering all healthcare stakeholders an opportunity to unite under one banner, expressing the benefits that health information technology (IT) brings to U.S. healthcare. “One Voice, One … [Read more...]

Apply for a HIMSS Davies Award

Is your organization making strides in using health information technology (IT)  to improve patient care and outcomes? Consider apply for either the HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award (formerly Organization) or the HIMSS Ambulatory Davies Award. Both the awards and the application process have evolved. The application process is now based on submission of written case studies and applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Get details and information on how to apply, why apply … [Read more...]

Podcast on Asthma and Health Information Technology

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Anna Gard, Health IT and Quality Consultant, Association for Clinicians for the Underserved Introduces the Role of Health IT in Managing Asthma There is constant development of patient-centric tools to support asthma self-management and promote engagement with clinicians, patients and families to assist in identifying, reporting their asthma triggers, monitoring their asthma status, supporting self-care and management strategies. Some of these tools and technologies really help (A) engage … [Read more...]

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