A Netsmart Blog

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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A Person-Centered Approach for Success in Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services – Part II

In a recent CareThreads post, we began exploring principal factors to consider when providing the best care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Like all of healthcare, it’s important to keep the unique needs and desires of an individual central to meet desired outcomes through coordinated care efforts. What else should be addressed for person-centered care? Let’s explore. Comprehensive Assessment and Planning Person-centered care requires the ability to plan and provide the right type of services that can…

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A Person-Centered Approach for Success in Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services – Part I

It’s no secret that limited resources and funding have historically been a challenge for providers of Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) services. That’s why it’s important for healthcare providers to break down information silos and work collaboratively to achieve the best outcomes possible. With the introduction of value-based care payment models, it will be even more important for providers to find effective and efficient ways to manage resources across the healthcare continuum to deliver the right care for every individual’s…

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Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) Requirements on the Horizon

A lesser-known component of the 21st Century Cures Act is the electronic visit verification (EVV) requirement that goes into effect January 1, 2020, for personal care services (PCS), and January 1, 2023, for home health care services (HHCS). So, what is EVV and how can your organization prepare to comply with this requirement? One of the greatest impacts will be to PCS providers who offer opportunities to Medicaid beneficiaries to receive services such as activities of daily living (ADL) in…

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Mental Wellness Is Key to Healthy Companies and Communities

As the prevalence of mental health conditions continues to rise, access to support and resources is crucial. Netsmart recognizes this need and is dedicated to supporting the well-being of our associates and communities. Netsmart COO Tom Herzog addresses the specific measures we are taking to increase awareness and access to mental health resources. Check out NetsmartLife to learn what inspires and continues our pursuit to be the ripple of goodness.

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Mental Health Affects Us All: A Conversation With Jason Hooper of KVC Health Systems

Anyone scrolling through social media may think about current events and societal problems, but Jason Hooper finds himself much closer to the issues. He leads a team of 1,600 professionals who are working to solve those massive problems head-on. Day after day, they’re tackling the opioid addiction epidemic, increased suicide rates, childhood adversity and other mental health crises in communities across America. Hooper has successfully navigated his first few years as President and CEO of KVC Health Systems, a leader…

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Revisiting a 2018 Highlight: Annual Cap Lifted for Therapy Services

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, passed by Congress earlier this year, included a provision lifting the annual cap for physical, occupational and speech therapy services. The provision ends a 20-year back-and-forth between attempts to set a financial cap and efforts to prevent that from happening. It also cements an earlier settlement between patients (Jimmo) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that allows for continued therapy services for maintenance of mobility or activities of daily living, instead…

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Flourishing in Post-Acute Care With a Single Unified System

Regulatory pressures, complex reimbursements and staff shortages in healthcare are not going away. Post-acute care providers need to be nimble and agile enough to easily prove outcomes, measure results and integrate clinical and financial information to succeed in the modern landscape. Having one unified system to manage it all should be on your “must-do” list. Here’s why: It helps create more efficient care transitions. Transitioning care settings should be smooth and efficient for everyone involved. The right platform consolidates patient…

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The Need for Electronic Healthcare Records in Psychiatric Care Settings

A recent New England Journal of Medicine report cited the lack of electronic health records (EHRs) in psychiatric care settings, showing that only 15 percent of psychiatric hospitals and offices had an EHR system compared to 84 percent of hospitals and 58 percent of primary care physicians. Why is this and how can we accelerate adoption? One of the primary reasons is the Meaningful Use program that incentivized hospitals and physicians to digitize left out some very important communities within…

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