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10 Tips for a Smooth EHR Implementation

Advice from the Largest County Mental Health System: Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health It goes without saying that implementing new technology is no easy feat. But that doesn’t mean your electronic health record (EHR) implementation has to be a painful experience. Here are 10 tips to help keep your implementations as smooth as possible. Gathered from staff at all levels across all divisions at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, this advice applies to any organization…

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Implementing the Second Electronic Health Record – Part I

A lot has been written about why organizations should upgrade from a paper-based system to an electronic health record (EHR). External standards and opportunities such as Meaningful Use (now Merit Based incentive Payments System, or MIPS) have been contributing factors. What hasn’t been explored is why organizations make the decision to switch to a new EHR — not simply upgrade to a newer version, but change software and vendors altogether. Data migration, staff retraining and other challenges make such a…

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Going Digital to Enhance Care Coordination and Outcomes in Senior Living

If you were a senior living care provider looking to drive up quality of care and improve clinical and financial outcomes while balancing your status as a preferred referral partner, what would you do? Invest in technology? That’s what Landis Communities did to achieve success. The five-star, full-service, live-at-home facility in Pennsylvania took steps to adopt health IT solutions that helped not only achieve positive results for their residents but also solidified their position as a vital player within their local…

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#MHM2018: Say What?

Words are powerful. Choosing the right thing to say can make a world of difference to someone who may be experiencing a mental illness. It’s important to pick your words carefully in order to provide the best support possible. Consider the following in the event of lending comfort and compassion to a loved one.  

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Managing Care for Co-Occurring Conditions

When it comes to being able to provide the best care possible, it’s important for providers to be able to exchange and receive vital patient data – spanning both behavioral and physical healthcare – so they can have all of the relevant information at hand to make the best care decisions and achieve the best possible outcomes for their patient. Watch the video below to follow Maria through her journey as she works with her providers to successfully manage the…

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Enhancing Autism Services Through Technology

Healthcare is constantly moving at a high rate of speed. In order to keep up, providers and clinicians need to consider and adopt the best processes and workflows to provide top-notch services. When providers are spending more time on recordkeeping and analysis, it doesn’t leave them with as much time to do what they do best – provide care. Enter technology and its ability to streamline operations and enrich services. Read on as Netsmart Senior Director Andrew Mersman gives us…

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Texas 1115 Waiver: Using Technology to Prove Outcomes

As payment models in healthcare continue to innovate and test new ways to lower costs and deliver quality outcomes, initiatives like the Texas Medicaid 1115 Waiver program become a vital route for organizations to maximize their Medicaid payments. The goal of the 1115 Waiver program is to allow Texas the ability to “expand Medicaid managed care, while preserving hospital funding. It also provides incentive payments for healthcare improvements and directs more funding to hospitals that serve a large number of…

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#MHM2018: How Do You Rate Your Mental and Emotional Health?

Almost daily, we talk and hear about the importance of eating right and exercising. But when it comes to our mental health, it can sometimes be hard to discuss. The fact is mental health issues are common and treatable. Anyone can experience mental or emotional health challenges, and during our lifetimes, many of us will. The latest research shows that one in five adults in the U.S. are affected by mental health conditions in a given year. As we celebrate…

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#MHM2018: Mental Illness Warning Signs

It can be tricky to tell the difference between someone’s typical behavior or behavior caused by a mental illness. Not everyone is qualified to determine the presence of a mental illness, but if a loved one is exhibiting unusual or different behaviors, it could be a signal that they need help. While mental illnesses vary and not everyone experiences the same symptoms, it’s important to be aware of common signs. Check out the infographic below to become aware of some…

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Reduce Recidivism and Save Money by Coordinating Justice and Behavioral Health Services

Many county and local justice systems receive large numbers of people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders revolving through their doors. Not only do these repeat visits lead to increased populations and costs for already cash-strapped systems, individuals pay a price, missing opportunities to receive treatment. Let’s take a look at the facts: Twelve million people cycle through local jails every year. Out of this group, 64 percent of jail inmates suffer from a mental illness. 63 percent of…

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