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Community Health Center Chartbook 2021 (2021). The Community Health Center Chartbook uses graphics and charts to describe who health centers serve, how health centers meet their communities’ needs, health center growth and remaining challenges, and how health centers make an impact. More Details...

Building Clinical Informatics Learning Community Session 2: Data Validation: Building a Playbook for Data Quality (2021). Extracting data from EHRs and health IT systems can be challenging; unfortunately, without a coordinated Data Quality Plan to clean and validate data, a large proportion of electronic health data do not reach a minimum level of quality for most use cases. A clear plan for data extraction, mapping, analytics, and validation can help immensely to create better data quality, particularly if applied consistently across use cases and iteratively over multiple data extracts. Here we present a few strategies and tools for evaluating data quality and hear from a partner who routinely engages in data quality practices with FQHCs. More Details...

Process for Tracking Utilization of COVID-19 Therapeutics (2021). This resource discusses who should report on the use of federally purchased therapeutics, rules governing reporting, and the process of reporting. More Details...

Past, Present, and Future: HCCNs and Health Centers Using Data to Drive Clinical Care Series: The Future State: Data Integrity (2021). This is the third webinar in a three-part series -- Past, Present, and Future: HCCNs and Health Centers Using Data to Drive Clinical Care. During these webinars, hear how HCCNs and health centers are collecting and aggregating data on patient populations and leveraging data to support clinical quality improvement initiatives. More Details...

Billing, Coding, Documentation & Quality Series, Part II: Treating Substance/Opioid Use Disorders via Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Community Health (2021). By providing CMS-covered Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) services in the treatment of Substance/Opioid Use Disorders (SUD and OUD) your community health center’s clinical providers may be eligible for a more full range of loan repayment programs while providing desperately needed services to patients who need help with the medical and behavioral health issue related to this other public health emergency. More Details...

Past, Present, and Future: HCCNs and Health Centers Using Data to Drive Clinical Care: The Current State of HCCNs (2021). This is the second webinar in a three part series -- Past, Present, and Future: HCCNs and Health Centers Using Data to Drive Clinical Care. During these webinars, hear how HCCNs and health centers are collecting and aggregating data on patient populations and leveraging data to support clinical quality improvement initiatives. Medical informaticists from leading organizations such as the Duke Institute for Health Innovation and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will present. Clinicians, quality improvement and data leads, Chief Executive Officers as well as Chief Information Officers will find this series useful to their every day work. More Details...

Past, Present, and Future: HCCNs and Health Centers Using Data to Drive Clinical Care: Looking Back: The Birth of the HCCNs – the Vision for Data (2021). Join NACHC for a three part series -- Past, Present, and Future: HCCNs and Health Centers Using Data to Drive Clinical Care. During these webinars, hear how HCCNs and health centers are collecting and aggregating data on patient populations and leveraging data to support clinical quality improvement initiatives. Medical informaticists from leading organizations such as the Duke Institute for Health Innovation and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will present. Clinicians, quality improvement and data leads, Chief Executive Officers as well as Chief Information Officers will find this series useful to their every day work. More Details...

Telehealth Office Hours: Telehealth Policy Updates (2021). NACHC's policy team discuss federal and state level telehealth policy updates. More Details...

Coding & Documentation:: 2021 Evaluation & Management (E/M) Changes for Community Health Reporting Face-to-Face & Virtual E/M Visits (2021). The first in a two-part series, this webinar addresses the updated 2021 E/M guideline for office and outpatient encounters. Topics include when to use the updated definition of Medical Decision Making for coding and billing, as well as CPT/HCPS-ll codes. More Details...

Data Integration Best Practices for Health Centers & Homeless Services Publication: Health Center Focus Group Recommendations on Data Integration (2020). Health centers use data and technology to improve health outcomes of patients, speed administrative processes, and collect patients’ health and housing histories. This report advances strategies for large and small health centers to match data with homeless service systems to identify and coordinate care for high utilizers of crisis care systems. More Details...

Telehealth Resource Library: Curated telehealth resources for health centers (2020). HITEQ is actively compiling a telehealth resource library for health centers, which houses actionable telehealth resources in the areas of telehealth technology, patient use of telehealth, provider use of telehealth, tele-behavioral health, and operationalizing telehealth more generally. This curated set of resources aims to assist health centers in accessing those resources that directly address current telehealth needs and challenges. More Details...

Strategies for Increasing HIV Screening Rates at Your Health Center (2020). Health centers are always searching for innovative strategies to increase their HIV screening rates. This year, health centers have gotten creative by combining HIV testing with COVID-19 screening, while others are mailing at-home HIV testing kits to patients. Finding strategies to help increase HIV screening at your health center is a lesson in trial and error. We hope our latest blog will give you some ideas on improving your HIV screening rates! More Details...

Federal Activities and Approaches to Advance Social Determinants of Health Data Use and Interoperability in Support of Community Health Centers: HITEQ Highlights Webinar (2020). View this HITEQ Center webinar, where the The Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT present on the current state of federal activities and standards based approaches for collecting, sharing, and using SDoH data with a focus on technical and policy considerations. The presentation describes available standards, tools, and initiatives for health center use and input. More Details...

Public Housing Primary Care (PHPC) COVID-19 Dashboard (2020). This dashboard by NCHPH provides the latest COVID-19 statistics in Public Housing Primary Care (PHPC) Health Centers, including race and ethnicity data and additional resources. More Details...

Telehealth Office Hours: Caring for Vulnerable Populations during COVD-19 Pandemic (2017). This webinar features Care for the Homeless in New York City and the steps they have taken to train staff in order to streamline care virtually and to ensure care is accessible to all regardless of housing status. More Details...

Innovating with Telepsychiatry to Improve Mental Health Care in Health Centers (2020). This webinar will present research results comparing two different approaches to providing telepyschiatry to rural health center patients with complex psychiatric disorders. Presenters will discuss clinical outcomes for both groups of patients and implementation-related issues such as credentialing and privileging telepsychiatrists/telepsychologists, EHR access for telepsychiatrists/telepsychologists, expanding scope of practice, billing, no-shows, contracting, and indemnity. More Details...

Implementing Opt-Out HIV Screening in Your Health Center: Understanding Opt-Out HIV Testing (2020). Getting tested for HIV is a powerful step towards taking control of one’s sexual health. Opt-out HIV testing, sometimes referred to as universal screening, is defined as conducting HIV testing after notifying patients that the test will be conducted and that they may decline or defer testing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opt-out testing is an evidence-based approach that has been shown to remove the stigma associated with HIV testing, foster earlier diagnosis and treatment, reduce transmission risk, and is cost-effective. More Details...

Ensuring Access to Care Through State Medicaid Telehealth Policies: COVID-19 & the HCH Community (2020). In order to quickly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government allowed temporary flexibilities to many policies related to telehealth services. This issue brief describes the temporary telehealth policies that have been especially successful for Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) health centers, and provides recommended actions at the state/local level for implementing more long-term solutions. Moving forward, making these policies permanent features of state Medicaid plans would help increase access to care for people experiencing homelessness, and improve health outcomes. More Details...

Ending the HIV Epidemic: The Health Center Role: HITEQ Highlights Webinar (2020). This presentation will be led by Dr. Tim Long, and will focus on the four pillars of Ending the HIV Epidemic and primary care HIV prevention. This webinar will focus on the clinical aspects of Ending the HIV epidemic, and use of health IT and EHR to support clinical care. More Details...

Addressing Intimate Partner Violence and Human Trafficking in the Health Center Setting: HITEQ Highlights Webinar (2020). The coronavirus pandemic and consequent stay-at-home orders may increase danger for those at risk for or experiencing intimate partner violence and human trafficking (IPV/HT). Due to COVID-19, many health centers have shifted health encounters to virtual platforms, which offer unique opportunities to provide trauma-informed care and connect in new ways with those who may be experiencing abuse. Yet, telehealth and virtual visits also present health centers with new challenges related to privacy, safety and digital health equity. More Details...

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