Monthly Archives: March 2013

Guide to Clinical Preventive Services Available

The 2012 primary care research and summaries of best practices are available in the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services; Select to access a copy of the Guide.  The age-group based recommendations include disease-based screening, counseling, and preventive medications.  This year’s Guide includes some changes that will make it more user-friendly for practicing clinicians. The Guide comprises 64 preventive services, which now are

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Delta Dental of Michigan Shares Video on Kids’ Oral Health

This 4 minute video is focused on oral health care for kids.  The video is the second in a 5-part consumer oral health video series titled Drool is Cool.  DVDs of this video and others in the series are available on their website, www.deltadental.com . In case you haven’t seen it, here is a link to the first video in the series: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IDXhLr0ULU   Titled How Spit Can Save Your Life, this video is about salivary

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NIH: Check Up on Your Bones

Are your bones healthy and strong? Learn more about osteoporosis with this interactive Web tool.

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Motivational Incentives: Positive Reinforcers to Enhance Successful Treatment Outcomes

MI:PRESTO is a free interactive on-line course that focuses adopting Motivational Incentives in a clinical setting.  By design, this course builds upon the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network's Technology Transfer Conceptual Model.  This self-guided, on-line learning tool assists Clinical Supervisors and other behavioral healthcare practitioners to: learn and experience how to utilize the 7 Principles of Motivational Incentives introduced

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NACHC Offers Managing Ambulatory Health Care II (MAHC II)

NACHC Offers Managing Ambulatory Health Care II (MAHC II): Advanced Course for Clinical Leaders in CHCs   Are you a clinician interested in expanding your knowledge of management concepts and developing your leadership role to effectively guide your health center through times of uncertainty and change? NACHC and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (Mass League) can provide a solution... Managing Ambulatory Health Care II (MAHC

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The ACA and Quality: 2012 Sebelius Report and Measures

The Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148, sec. 3011) called on the Secretary of HHS to establish a National Quality Strategy to "improve the delivery of health care services, patient health outcomes, and population health."  The Strategy, initially published in March 2011, is to concurrently pursue three aims: better care, healthy people and communities, and affordable care. Within the 2012 Report, in addition to the original 3 aims, the National

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New HIPAA Regulations Under ACA: What You Need to Know and What You Need to Do

The recently published changes to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules have a compliance enforcement date of September 23, 2013.  Some of the more significant developments include: Expansion of a patient’s right to receive electronic copies of health information; Requirements for modifying and redistributing notices of privacy practices; New standards for determining when a breach occurs and when reporting is necessary; Direct applications of

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ICD-10: Checklists and Timelines Released

CFOs were introduced to planning for the ICD-10 conversion during last week’s HCAN call:  The Project Team, Budgeting, Staff and Resources affected and Communications.  Key resources are attached to this eBrief for distribution to accomplish Checkpoint (1)—“Review ICD-10 Resources” and Checkpoint (2) -- “Inform your staff / colleagues” from the CMS checklist discussed below. Here is the timeline of activities that should be taking

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CHCs and Health Policy & Family-Medicine Residency Program Grants

Health Affairs A new study highlights “the need to promote policies that encourage more primary care providers and community health centers to practice in areas with the greatest expected need for services.” Health Center News & Happenings A new federal grant will launch a national family-medicine residency program placing 87 graduates in CHCs around the country over a three-year period.

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NEHII Update

Coventry Health Care of Nebraska has signed the NeHII Participation Agreement.  NeHII functionality to enhance its care coordination and management efforts for all patients enrolled; which includes the Medicaid Managed Care Programs.  Patients are on an opt-in unless they individually decide to opt out when informed at their provider appointments.  Blue Cross and Blue Shield has already contracted.  If you are a member of NeHII, you will be able

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