A Netsmart Blog

Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM): A primer for skilled nursing success

As part of its 2019 Proposed Rule for Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) which is scheduled to go into effect Oct. 1, 2019. As time ticks down to implementation, providers should become as familiar with the changes as possible to prepare for the upcoming overhaul of the current payment model. What is Patient-Driven Payment Model, or PDPM? PDPM is the latest Medicare proposed payment rule…

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Meet Our Veterans: David Aug

You’ve seen our Meet the Clinicians series where we showcase our knowledgeable associates with clinical backgrounds. In the latest CareThreads series, Meet Our Veterans, we’re proudly featuring Netsmart associates who have worn the uniforms of the armed forces and their journey to Netsmart. It’s sincerely a privilege to work alongside individuals who have served our country. We thank them and all military members and their families across the U.S. for their service yesterday, today and tomorrow. David Aug, Vice President, Support/Operations  1. What motivated you…

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Netsmart Hosts Third Annual Public Health Summit

Often times the best way to learn and grow is sharing and comparing. In hopes of fostering education and communal growth, public health agencies from across the country gathered at the Netsmart headquarters in Overland Park, KS, to discuss ways technology can improve quality of care and enhance the services these organizations provide. Ten agencies attended the third-annual summit, which is open to all Netsmart public health clients at no cost. Through classroom style and hands-on training sessions, clients were…

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Getting the Most from Your Help Desk

Finding qualified IT help can be a challenge for most organizations, so how can you ensure that your IT staff is working on the most strategic components of your business and empower them to get to know the software better? When we think about help desk tickets, we usually just think of them as a way for users to report problems and for the IT team to provide a resolution. However, there is a lot more valuable data in those…

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Enhancing Autism Services with Technology

The demand for autism-related services in the U.S. has increased 30 percent over the last decade. More community providers are expanding their services to individuals and their families by adding new lines of business to support autism services. Providing support and services for individuals diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder typically requires unique workflows and other considerations. With so many types of services to provide across a diverse community with various needs, it’s important for provider organizations to have the…

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Meet the Clinicians: Jennifer VanWinkle

We are privileged to work with many associates 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. In this series, we spotlight individuals who have worked in clinical settings and now use those skills and their wealth of knowledge to meet and exceed the needs and goals of our clients.  Jennifer VanWinkle – Solutions Strategist Tell…

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Driving Recovery in the Opioid Crisis – The Technology to Get Us There

The opioid crisis has been long in the making and has yet to cease force as it continues to permeate the healthcare community. Drug use admission rates have increased 500 percent since the early 2000s. According to the CDC, there were more than 63,000 overdose deaths in 2016, which surpasses the number of car accidents and gun deaths in that same year. When studying the opioid epidemic, it’s important to consider the causes of addiction, which can range from genetics,…

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Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM): What Home Health Agencies Should Know

Home health agencies have a lot to look forward to when it comes to upcoming regulatory requirements for reimbursements as proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Let’s dive in to learn more about what they can do now to prepare for new payment changes in 2020. What is Patient-Driven Groupings Model, or PDGM? PDGM has roots from the previously proposed Home Health Groupings Model, or HHGM, which CMS has described as focusing on the value versus…

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Meet Our Veterans: Corey Hunt

You’ve seen our Meet the Clinicians series where we showcase our talented and knowledgeable associates with clinical backgrounds. Today, we’re unveiling our latest series, Meet Our Veterans, where we feature associates who have served our nation and their journey to Netsmart. It’s sincerely a privilege to work alongside individuals who have served our country. We thank them and all military members and their families across the U.S. for their service yesterday, today and tomorrow. Corey Hunt, Learning & Development Program Manager 1. What…

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A Collaborative Check-In With Some of Our Clients

We love when our clients stop by and share insight and feedback with our associates. Recently, Steve Gillies, COO of Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Dr. Joe Spurlock, CMO of Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Mary Lynn Thomas, CFO of KidsTLC and Tom Petrizzo, CEO of Tri-County Mental Health Services  came by to chat during one of our leadership development classes. Carol Reynolds, EVP of client experience at Netsmart moderated the discussion, which centered around the unique challenges each organization faces and…

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