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About Crystal Maertens

Crystal Maertens is the Marketing Specialist at Champ Software, Inc. Hailing from states across the Midwest, Crystal settled in Minnesota in 2005 and has been working with Champ Software since 2011. She loves working for a company with as much heart as Champ Software and enjoys making a difference in the lives of public health workers. An avid reader and writer, Crystal has written many blog articles for Champ Software and especially loves writing articles that feature Champ clients.

Draft Interpretive Guidelines for HHAs: How to Appropriately Address Fraud & Abuse

The following article is republished with permission from Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq.. Elizabeth is an attorney in private practice with clients from across the healthcare continuum, all over the country. She is a subject matter expert on future healthcare trends and regularly publishes articles, like the one below, which are well regarded in the healthcare [...]

By |2018-04-04T15:17:48+00:00April 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tips on How to Have a Successful CMS Survey

Cindy Firme, RN, PHN (center of above photo) recently shared with Champ Software that Renville County Public Health’s Home Healthcare department received a successful home care survey by CMS in November 2017. Background Cindy has been a Public Health Supervisor with Renville County Public Health for 30 years. Renville County is situated just southwest of [...]

By |2018-06-25T07:24:32+00:00March 27th, 2018|Blog Expert|0 Comments

Polk County Health Department’s Accreditation Story

At Champ Software’s recent Expert Webinar, Gretchen Sampson, MPH, RN shared Polk County Health Department’s journey through the accreditation process, including tips and resources for other agencies seeking PHAB accreditation. Gretchen has been with Polk County Health Department since 1977. She: Graduated with her BSN in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Received her MPH in Health [...]

By |2018-09-04T21:45:23+00:00March 1st, 2018|Blog Expert, Public Health 3.0|1 Comment

A Basic Overview of Health Information Exchange

This article is designed to give a basic overview of Health Information Exchange, and explain what an HIE is and what it can mean to public health personnel. Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) are a crucial piece of the data exchange puzzle. While HIE is a somewhat common term among public health personnel and many health [...]

By |2018-06-25T05:55:09+00:00February 12th, 2018|EHR, Health Information Exchange, HIE|0 Comments

Empowering Local Health Departments to Address Health Inequity

One of our colleagues, Karen Monsen, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota School of Nursing and Director of the Omaha System Partnership, recently had the opportunity to speak at the Michigan Premier Public Health Conference on achieving health equity. Her presentation was titled, “Social Behavioral Determinants of Health (SBDH) & the Omaha System: [...]

Nightingale Notes Safe Amid Ransomware Attack

Butler County Health Department in Kansas, a Nightingale Notes agency for three years, was caught up in a county-wide ransomware attack. The county’s data was held for an undisclosed ransom amount. This brings up some questions about security: What does this mean for the health department’s patient records? Does this impact Nightingale Notes for Butler [...]

By |2017-11-13T10:36:28+00:00September 19th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Basic IT Security for the Public Health Worker

Health information technology is ever-changing, developing, and growing more sophisticated. While this technology empowers us to do our jobs better and more efficiently, it also brings its own set of challenges and concerns. Have you ever wondered what actually makes a password strong, and how to choose a password that is both strong and easy [...]

By |2017-11-13T10:36:49+00:00September 18th, 2017|Blog Expert|0 Comments

Karen Monsen, PhD, RN, FAAN to Make Exciting Presentation on SBDH at Upcoming PH Conference

Champ Software is pleased to announce that Karen Monsen, PhD, RN, FAAN, was chosen as a presenter during one of the afternoon sessions for the Michigan Premier Public Health Conference (MPPHC) on Mackinac Island, October 3-5, 2017. Her topic will be, Social Behavioral Determinants of Health & the Omaha System: Empowering Local Health Departments to [...]

By |2017-10-13T16:14:45+00:00September 5th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Ottawa County Health Department: Success with Immunization Registry Integration

Ottawa County, KS is situated in northcentral Kansas, right above the junction of interstates 70 and 135. The Ottawa County Health Department was founded in the early 1980s to serve the small county and today, the population it serves consists of about 5,975 people. Amazingly, the Ottawa County Health Department administered nearly 1,750 immunizations to [...]

By |2017-11-13T10:37:09+00:00April 6th, 2017|Customer Success Story|0 Comments

Kitsap County Public Health District: Success in Measuring Outcomes

Kitsap Public Health District serves the population of Kitsap County, Washington (about 254,000 people, as of the 2013 census). Kitsap Public Health District has been a client of Champ Software since 2005. At a Champ Software Expert Webinar held in April, 2016, Suzanne Plemmons, MN, RN, PHCNS-BC, and then-Community Health Director (since retired), along with [...]

By |2017-11-13T10:37:29+00:00March 1st, 2017|Customer Success Story|0 Comments