In honor of cervical cancer awareness month, we are sharing helpful information and resources from the CDC:

Screening Tests

The HPV test and the Pap test are screening tests that can help prevent cervical cancer or find it early.

  • The human papillomavirus (HPV) test looks for the virus that can cause cell changes on the cervix.
  • The Pap test (or Pap smear) looks for precancers,which are cell changes on the cervix that might become cervical cancer if they are not treated appropriately.

Screening Options

You should start getting Pap tests at age 21. If your Pap test result is normal, your doctor may tell you that you can wait three years until your next Pap test.

If you’re 30 to 65 years old, you have three options. Talk to your doctor about which testing option is right for you.

  • An HPV test only. If your result is normal, your doctor may tell you that you can wait five years until your next screening test.
  • An HPV test along with the Pap test. If both of your results are normal, your doctor may tell you that you can wait five years until your next screening test.
  • A Pap test only. If your result is normal, your doctor may tell you that you can wait three years until your next Pap test.

If you’re older than 65, your doctor may tell you that you don’t need to be screened anymore if you have had normal screening test results for several years and you have not had a cervical precancer in the past, or you have had your cervix removed as part of a total hysterectomy for non-cancerous conditions, like fibroids.

HPV Vaccine

The HPV vaccine protects against the types of HPV that most often cause cervical cancers. HPV can also cause other kinds of cancer in both men and women.

  • HPV vaccination is recommended for preteens aged 11 to 12 years, but can be given starting at age 9.
  • HPV vaccine also is recommended for everyone through age 26 years, if they are not vaccinated already.
  • HPV vaccination is not recommended for everyone older than age 26 years. However, some adults age 27 through 45 years who are not already vaccinated may decide to get the HPV vaccine after speaking with their doctor about their risk for new HPV infections and the possible benefits of vaccination. HPV vaccination in this age range provides less benefit, as more people have already been exposed to HPV.

HPV vaccination prevents new HPV infections, but does not treat existing infections or diseases. This is why the HPV vaccine works best when given before any exposure to HPV. You should get screened for cervical cancer regularly, even if you received an HPV vaccine.

Are You Eligible for Free or Low-Cost Screenings?

National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)

CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) provides breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic services to women who have low incomes and are uninsured or underinsured.

You may be eligible for free or low-cost screenings if you meet these qualifications—

  • You have no insurance, or your insurance does not cover screening exams.
  • Your yearly income is at or below 250% of the federal poverty level.
  • You are between 40 and 64 years of age for breast cancer screening.
  • You are between 21 and 64 years of age for cervical cancer screening.
  • Certain women who are younger or older may qualify for screening services.

Who to Contact

Search for free or low-cost screenings in your state, territory, or tribe.

 

Last week we posted a checklist from athenahealth of recommend tasks to close out 2022 and ensure a most successful 2023. This week we wanted to highlight one of the items—Groups on the Success Community. We encourage you to get involved and take advantage of the resources below!

Sign up for Groups on the Success Community

Ensure you are signed up for Groups to receive important communication. Recommended Groups are:

athenaPractice/Flow Customer Communications– we suggest setting your notification preferences to Daily or Weekly digest

JOIN this group to stay informed on product and industry alerts, upcoming Webinars, business leader communique’s and more from athenahealth for your athenaPractice, athenaFlow and related solutions.

aPractice/aFlow eRx Network statuswe suggest setting your notification preference to Every Post or Daily digest

When you join this group, you will get updates on changes impacting electronic prescribing including alerts for scheduled or unscheduled outages.

athenaPractice Product Downloads / athenaFlow Product Downloads

we suggest setting your notification preferences to Weekly digest

Join the appropriate group to stay informed of new releases of your athenaPractice/ athenaFlow software, from new versions to service packs, patches, and monthly clinical knowledgebases. Keeping all your software up to date is critical to protect your data from ransomware, malware, and other malicious attacks.

athenaPractice Revenue Cyclewe suggest setting your notification preferences to Weekly or Limited digest

Join this group to stay informed on athenaPractice and Revenue Cycle related product alerts, upcoming athenaPractice only Webinars, and more from athenahealth for your athenaPractice related solutions.

aPractice a Flow Idea Zonewe suggest submitting your great ideas!

Join this group to submit enhancement requests for our athenaPractice & athenaFlow solutions. Suggestions made here will be considered for possible inclusion in future product releases. Please make sure to follow the community guidelines on submissions.

Notice from Kryptiq:

Dear Centricity Users,

I am writing to share some very exciting news: Surescripts has agreed to spin-off Kryptiq and its population health business – CareManager.The new company will be largely employee-owned. Surescripts will own a stake in the new company, and it will continue to operate the patient portal and clinical messaging business.

Why now?

The population health market is dynamic and growing rapidly. The majority of healthcare providers are adoption population health management processes to improve the cost and quality of care. But current IT systems do not support population-based care, nor do they enable clinically integrated networks to pursue team-based care. Kryptiq has been formally recognized as a market leader by IDC Health Insights and KLAS for doing these very things. We believe that our new structure will provide the speed and agility we need to keep pace with you as your organization adapts to new clinical workflows, new reimbursement patterns, and new technologies.

We are honored that you rely upon Kryptiq for your population health and patient relationship management needs. You have our pledge that the new company will continue innovating as we learn from your efforts to achieve healthcare’s Triple Aim. From product development, to service and support, you can continue to count on us to be your trusted business partner.

What is in store for 2015?

The coming year will begin a watershed era for Kryptiq. We will introduce a new user interface complete with updated and expanded clinical guidelines in the core CareManager product; we will bring our new team-based care tasking engine out of beta into full commercial release. And, we plan to expand the utility of our curated, evidenced-based clinical guidelines by driving new health improvement and condition management programs. We will continue to offer an integrated suite of patient relationship applications, including DocuSign for Patients and Patient Payment Services.

In the past year, Kryptiq has emerged as the clear choice for many of the nation’s leading healthcare organizations seeking a population health management IT solution. But these are the early days of healthcare transformation in the US, and our work has just begun.

I look forward to many shared successes in the months and years to come. Certainly, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me or any member of my team.

Sincerely,

Luis Machua, Chief Executive Officer, Kryptiq Corporation

 

Communicating with your patient in a secure manner is a common answer to this question. According to Healthcare IT a patient portal “is a web-based access point that allows doctors and patients to communicate and share health information remotely, supplementing the ongoing management of the patient’s care”.

But what else should your patient portal be doing for you? Several users have compiled a list of several questions when looking at a portal.

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