New HRSA Funding Available for Substance Use and Mental Health Services

By Kevin Geoffroy, Chief of Staff The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced that $350 million in supplemental funding is available to current Health Center Program award recipients for evidence-based approaches to expanding access to integrated Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services. This new funding supports … Continued

OCHIN Hosts Successful HRSA Site Visit in May

By Lindsey Haase OCHIN holds the largest HRSA Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN) award in the nation. To date, OCHIN has delivered more than 700 hours of technical assistance to participating health centers under this award. August 2018 marks the third and final year in the award cycle. On May … Continued

OCHIN Releases Updated EHR Frameworks for Planned Parenthood Affiliates

By Susanne Mauney OCHIN released the latest custom EHR Frameworks for Planned Parenthood affiliates on May 24, 2018. This release allows Planned Parenthood affiliates to upgrade to NextGen’s 5.9 and 8.4 release, while continuing to use the custom content and development they are familiar with, from OCHIN. The new release … Continued

OCHIN Prepares to Implement Epic’s Healthy Planet in Late 2018

By Erin Barringer-Sterner Earlier this year, OCHIN announced exciting plans to implement Healthy Planet, Epic’s population health management and accountable care module. With robust elements like registries, risk stratification, benchmarking, analytics, and patient outreach, Healthy Planet offers a powerful, integrated toolset to help the OCHIN collaborative improve quality and decrease … Continued

Research Roundup: May 2018 Publications

By William JA Pinnock This May brought us sunshine, blooming flowers, and, best of all, five brand new research publications! The OCHIN Research team is excited to share the learnings from the following newly published manuscripts, which explore issues central to community health centers. The articles published this month feature: … Continued

OCHIN Focuses on Diabetes Care Improvement

by Joan Nelson and Arielle Goranson How Can OCHIN Best Support Improving Health of Patients with Diabetes and Prediabetes? That is the main question driving a new HCCN initiative led by Quality Metrics Program Manager Arielle Goranson, and Practice Coach Lead Joan Nelson, MPH, PA-C, with assistance from OCHIN’s newest … Continued

Bill Seeking to Align 42 CFR Part 2 with HIPAA Moves Forward

By Halley Simpson OCHIN is part of a coalition of over 40 health care organizations advocating for interoperability and complete medical record/data sharing to protect consumers. On Thursday, May 17th, 2018, H.R. 5795 was passed by the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee by a vote of 35 to 17. … Continued

Discussion Forums Now Available on Ella, OCHIN’s LMS

By Tyler Vogler The OCHIN Discussion Forums, available now on Ella, OCHIN’s LMS, are a space where members can connect, ask questions, and share information. Four discussion forums are currently available (for Epic Site Specialists, Report Writers, Provider Builders, and about regulatory programs), with more slated for release in 2018. … Continued