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Home Health Spending to Outpace Overall Growth

New spending projections bode well for the home health industry, a segment expected to see among the highest forecasted growth on a percentage basis. Each year, the actuarial office at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) creates a forecast for overall health spending, taking into account current law. Overall, the office predicts healthcare spending will grow at a 5.5 percent annual rate, reaching $5.7 trillion by 2026. That equates to a 71 percent increase over the next decade.…

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How Stigma Stunts Mental Health Care

Last week featured multiple worthy mental health causes: Mental Illness Awareness Week, World Mental Health Day and National Depression Screening Day. It was fantastic to see all the social media campaigns and support circulating to increase awareness and access to resources. While these initiatives are great short-term catalysts, we need to find a way to encourage individuals to extend discussion surrounding mental health year-round. The greatest barrier to achieving this is stigma. Stigma is a societal problem we must face…

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Finding the right EHR to bring your strategy to life

Choosing an electronic health record (EHR) is an extensive undertaking for many provider organizations. It requires staff member involvement at all levels, not to mention an examination of current workflows and future projects. In order to make this process seamless and efficient, it’s important to work with an EHR partner who understands your organization’s mission and mirrors your goals. In this OPEN MINDS Knowledge Partner Article, learn how two organizations chose a partner to help their blueprint come to life.…

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Congress Passes Major Opioid Bill: Includes Health IT Financial Incentives for Behavioral Health and Substance Use Treatment Providers

Behavioral health organizations, including community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, addiction treatment and other key providers consistently lag behind acute care in the adoption of technology. Despite an increased demand for services and the fact they serve some of the nation’s most at-risk populations, these providers weren’t fully eligible for federal financial incentives on a par with acute care providers for purchase of electronic health record (EHR) platforms, key to enhancing care quality and efficiency in all healthcare settings. Significantly,…

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How Social Determinants of Health Support The Value-Based Care Reimbursement Model

In a fee-for-service reimbursement model, healthcare providers are reimbursed for each office visit or service they provide. Since providers are rewarded based on the volume of people they see, they are incented to keep their schedules full. Essentially, payment is dependent on the quantity of care instead of quality. Today, healthcare is rapidly shifting to a value-based care (VBC) reimbursement model, which realigns care to focus on quality. Delivering quality care at optimal costs is key to the VBC reimbursement…

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Living With Suicide

By Michele Jarchow When my son, Austin, said he wanted a semi-colon tattoo on his wrist, I said two things: 1) You have to be able to cover it up. Some of your clients are very conservative and don’t want to see any tattoos; and 2) If you put it where it’s visible, you have to be willing to talk about it. His response? “That’s the point.” Why a semi-colon? “A semicolon is used when an author could have chosen…

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Meet the Clinicians: Rhonda Perrin Oakes

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. In this series, we spotlight individuals…

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Finding The Courage To Ask

We hear about suicide’s prevalence, but often don’t discuss it. It’s therefore reasonable for us to have uncertainty and discomfort around confronting the topic. Where this becomes incredibly problematic is when we believe someone is experiencing thoughts of suicide, and we don’t address it. While suicide is an incredibly sensitive topic, not intervening when you have concern is the worst thing you can do. We need to make it a priority to become more comfortable openly discussing suicide. Sometimes engaging…

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Opioid Addiction: What It Is, Isn’t and Our Impact

It’s difficult to acknowledge that when we mention the word “opioid” it possesses an unnerving connotation. What once was considered the best and safest way to eliminate pain and discomfort has morphed into a nationwide addiction epidemic. Let’s look at the facts: Since 2008, opioid overdoses have been the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the S., soaring from 64,070 deaths in 2016 to more than 72,000 in…

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The Suicide Warning Signs You Need to Address

Annually, millions of Americans report experiencing serious thoughts of suicide. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. By increasing awareness, we can begin to control its expanding presence and devastating effects. The only way we can help those in need is by recognizing their struggle. Research shows most individuals contemplating suicide give some indication of their intent. Your ability to recognize someone’s struggle could help save a life. Awareness is the first step to prevention, and we…

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