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#HIMSS18: Interoperability Enables Officer Tim’s Care Team to Deliver Holistic Care

Earlier this year, we participated in the #HIMSS18 Interoperability Showcase where we demonstrated how interconnected systems allow healthcare teams to provide whole person care. Here’s the scenario: Officer Tim Jones is a 54-year-old police officer with diabetes. He visits his primary care provider where he informs the doctor he has gained weight and has trouble sleeping. At the visit, the doctor noted that his A1C levels are higher than normal. Through interoperability, we can see his journey through various health…

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The Future Of EHR – Collaborate, Connect, Communicate

Electronic health records will no longer be just a tool to collect and store data. The future of EHR is the backbone of a new collaborative network. – Matthew Arnheiter, Senior Vice President, Innovations, Netsmart Why and how is the role of electronic health record systems (EHRs) changing? It needs to follow the strategic needs of provider organizations—with strategic advantage going to the low cost, consumer-oriented, value-focused provider. What does that mean for the future of healthcare IT? OpenMinds CEO Monica Oss…

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5 Things to Know about the Recent Opioid Regulations for Medicare Part D

In June, the House of Representatives passed legislation that will impact the already complex Medicare Part D requirements. Spurred in part by a Department of Health and Human Services report that showed one-third of Medicare Part D beneficiaries received an opioid prescription in 2016. For the approximately 13 million people enrolled in Part D, nearly 80 million opioid prescriptions were written. More than 501,000 people received “high” amounts of opioids and 69,563 received “extreme” amounts, some as a result of…

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Supporting Mental and Physical Health Through Sleep

Sleep and health go hand in hand. It’s something we all need and is as essential as food, water and air. Getting plenty of good-quality sleep is essential to maintaining mental and physical health. If you have ever experienced a few restless or sleepless nights, you know the connection between good sleep and good health first hand. Learn more about how myStrength is working to help support the mind and body through the power of sleep.

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Implementing the Second Electronic Health Record Part II

In Part I of our series, we examined common reasons why some healthcare organizations may decide to make a full replacement of their electronic health record (EHR) by implementing a completely different system. The most common reason is that the existing EHR is insufficient and doesn’t support the organization in the ways and means necessary. This can occur for reasons external to the organization as well as from within the organization. In this post, we’ll consider additional factors as to…

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CCBHC Extension Grant: What’s It All About?

The Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstration program was created in response to section 223 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act to develop resources that provide accessible, comprehensive services to individuals who are in crisis or who may be experiencing a serious mental illness (SMI) or substance use disorder (SUD), regardless of their ability to pay or where they live. Since 2016, organizations in eight CCBHC demonstration states have been tasked to improve the behavioral health of individuals…

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Words Matter

More than 50 million individuals across the globe live with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia with many of them relying on friends or family members for assistance or caregiving. These conditions affect everyone involved and often those surrounding an individual need words of encouragement or support during what can become prolonged loss and grief. What can you say to help? Explore the infographic below for ideas on what to say and what to avoid.

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Shaping Home Health and Hospice Through Advocacy

One thing that’s constant in healthcare is change. Both home health and hospice industries are certainly no stranger when it comes to making adaptions and adjustments on a regular basis. With ever-changing policies and regulations such as pre-claim review, electronic visit verification, home health groupings model, continuous reimbursement cuts and more, it’s important for providers to have a voice in the direction of the industry. After all, you have boots on the ground, seeing day in and day out the…

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Meet the Clinicians: Georgia Stovall

We are privileged to work with many people who have firsthand clinical experience. These talented individuals work together with our technology teams and clients to make sure we’re delivering solutions that work in the real world – not just the testing lab. With their wealth of knowledge, our clinical experts help keep our efforts aligned with the needs and goals of our clients. In this series, we spotlight individuals who have worked in clinical settings and now contribute their skills and…

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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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