The Technology 99% of FQHCs Have Adopted, and Why You Shouldn't Miss Out
Posted by Raffie Sescon
As rising healthcare cost continues to dominate concerns for low and mid-income US patients, there is a strong need for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to adopt value-based care and improve accessibility, patient engagement, and practice management.
Powered by public funding, FQHCs provide affordable and comprehensive primary and preventive care for the medically underprivileged and the uninsured and underinsured patients.
To achieve clinical improvements and earn more from incentive programs, more FQHCs are increasingly adopting technology, particularly Electronic Health Records (EHRs). According to the Commonwealth Fund National Survey of FQHCs, 2013-2018, 99% of health centers now use an EHR, compared to 93% in 2013.
EHR Systems Improve the Quality of Care and Revenue of FQHCs
With the burden of health care inequity, the demand for FQHCs rises. To increase revenue and keep operating, FQHCs have utilized EHR reporting features to qualify for incentive programs.
The huge growth in EHR use is also driven by the convenience and connectivity of digitized health care. Preventive care is one of the main missions of FQHC, and EHRs have enabled health centers to quickly pull up medical records and identify the patients who are due for tests and follow-ups. EHRs have also helped their clinics set reminders to avoid no shows (which is still a major problem in FQHCs), prescribe medication online, and offer telemedicine among many other benefits.
Time to Implement an EHR System
As most EHRs are not made-to-order, finding an EHR that’s right for your practice—one that is tailored to the specific FQHC workflow needs—is imperative. And because EHR implementation takes time, it’s important that you choose the custom EHR that carries all that FQHCs need, from implementation, to training, to customer support .
A great EHR software from a reputable, 20-year old brand, IMS FQHC empowers your community practice with a powerful EHR core built with practice management and billing platforms. It also comes with innovative mobile integrations, such as Televisit, for easier access to care especially for patients from rural areas. Plus, if you don't have IMS FQHC yet and you sign up before March 30, 2020, you’ll get free conversion of your current data into your new EHR. With personal onsite training and implementation, it will be quick and easy, and you’ll never have to worry about data incompatibility.
Top IMS FQHC features:
Integrated UDS Reports
Get paid accurately & on-time with our built-in UDS reports feature that provides you with updated templates to ensure you consistently meet changing reporting requirements and obtain crucial funding.
Sliding Fee Scale Automation
Minimize errors and maximize efficiency. Automatically determine patient sliding fee scale eligibility and calculate fee adjustments in just seconds with our powerful tool.
Easily track and manage all of your grants, automatically apply information to the sliding fee scale, and manage FQHC claims and denials in one easy-to-use dashboard.
Medicare Prospective Payment System (PPS)
Automatically add PPS payment codes (G Codes) to claims, identify billable visits on the same day, and post the visit charges on a single claim.
Provide patient care anywhere via online video consultations. Reach more patients while cutting costs with our directly integrated Televisit module.
IMSGo: Take your EHR workflow on-the-go! Access patient charts, setup appointments, & create superbills anywhere.
IMS OnArrival: Streamline your check-in process & reduce wait-times by enabling patients to check-in on a tablet.
IMS Patient App: Improve patient engagement by granting patients 24/7 online access to important health information.
Your community health center is an incredible organization that supports hundreds of underserved patients who would otherwise be unable to afford quality care. What will make your practice even more successful in helping them is a quality software that is first and foremost designed to support, to help.