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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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Fully-Informed Care: Legislation Updates Law and Protects Privacy

Netsmart has been a strong advocate for passage of the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act (H.R. 3545) in the U.S. House and a companion bill, the Protecting Jessica Grubb’s Legacy Act (S. 1850), in the Senate. The legislation would closely align decades-old 42 CFR Part 2 regulations with HIPAA, helping assure fully-informed diagnosis and treatment for persons with a substance use disorder or history of SUD treatment. Gerald “Jud” DeLoss, Netsmart’s healthcare privacy counsel, testified on Netsmart’s behalf at…

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Nurses Week 2018: Nurses Are Priceless When it Comes to Suicide Prevention

When it comes to suicide in the U.S.: Someone dies every 12 minutes – reaching nearly 45,000 deaths each year. 10 percent of individuals present in an emergency department shortly before the act; 25 percent of men and 50 percent of women are seen by a mental health professional. 64 percent of suicide victims see their primary care physician within a month prior – 38 percent within a week. During this Nurses Week, we are reminded of the impact that…

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Nurses Week 2018 Reflections

Inspire, Innovate, Influence – those three words are the American Nurses Association theme for Nurses Week 2018.  As I reflect upon my career as a nurse and think about all of the lives I have come in contact with, I think of you all.  While patient and family care is first and foremost to who we are, the ability to inspire, innovate and influence is what drives the advancement of care and advocacy for the betterment of healthcare regardless of…

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Experts in Home Health Give Thoughts and Advice for 2018 – Part VIII

Throughout our series, we’ve provided various outlooks from home health experts on the industry landscape for 2018. Ranging from referrals to payment models to advocacy and beyond, there certainly is a lot of opportunity for the future. In this final installment, Netsmart Senior Vice President Dawn Iddings gives her thoughts on becoming a preferred referral partner. Strive to Be a Better Referral Partner  We’ve seen a shift to a value-based care model for home health, even in states that weren’t…

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Important EHR Questions for Child and Family Service Agencies to Consider

Agencies in the child and family services industry have many unique challenges when it comes to achieving success for both the individuals that they serve and for their organization from a business perspective. There are many guidelines and regulations to consider when it comes to providing clients with the care they need and it can be challenging to manage everything successfully. Child and family service agencies, who adopt the right type of technology, such as an electronic health record (EHR)…

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Experts in Home Health Give Thoughts and Advice for 2018 – Part VII

In our previous edition, Home Care Sales’ Melanie Stover contributed her thoughts about the value of referral relationships for home health agencies. In today’s post, our very own Teresa Craig reflects on why home health agencies should focus being able to show their value to partner providers in order to be considered to provide home care to individuals who would benefit most. Understand the Needs of All Stakeholders Home care agencies need to become more a part of the communities…

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Experts in Home Health Give Thoughts and Advice for 2018 – Part VI

Last time in our series featuring home health experts and professionals, OperaCare President Michael McGowan lent his thoughts and ideas about how agencies might shift their approach to care based upon new requirements and regulation within the industry. Joining the conversation on what the industry can expect for 2018 is Melanie Stover from Home Care Sales. Today, she explores how relationships with referral partners are essential to success in 2018. Embrace Transformation My word for 2018 is transformation. The landscape…

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In Case you Missed It: CONNECTIONS2018 Day 3

We’re having a wonderful time in Phoenix at CONNECTIONS2018! Day three was kicked off by a fantastic panel lead by Netsmart Executive Vice President, Corporate Development Kevin Scalia. Joining him were leaders from industry associations, as they discussed issues facing community-based providers. Panelists included American Health Care Association President and CEO Mark Parkinson, National Association for Home Care and Hospice President Bill Dombi, National Association of Medicaid Directors Executive Director Matt Salo and National Council for Behavioral Health Medical Director Joe Parks, M.D. Awesome panel to discuss the…

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