The mission of NJPCA’s EHR/HIT department is to assist FQHCs use their certified EHR systems to improve the quality of care for our diverse patient population, while decreasing costs for delivery of that care. For example, having clinical decision support data at the point of care allows providers to make more informed treatment decisions. Further, transmitting patient treatment information to state registries improves the health of the population as a whole. FQHCs able to demonstrating the “Meaningful Use” (MU) of their EHR systems in this manner also qualify for grant and incentive programs established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the HITECH Act.
NJPCA’s EHR/HIT department is comprised of both technical and clinical staff that assists FQHCs in several ways:
- Educate FQHC physicians and administrative staff on the meaningful use of their EHR systems through newsletters, e-mail alerts, meetings, and education sessions.
- Through one-on-one consulting support, help FQHCs determine their compliance with the meaningful use criteria.
- Perform on-site Gap Analyses to identify FQHC challenges to achieving MU, and recommend corrective actions.
- Perform on-site Workflow Analyses and recommend changes to foster adherence to MU criteria.
- Help FQHCs navigate the mandatory processes required for compliance to the Medicaid EHR Incentive program.
- Assist FQHC EPs meet each milestones associated with the Regional Extension Center EHR Grant program.