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Part 2: What You Need to Know About the 21st Century Cures Act: EHR Adoption

In the first post about the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act), we discussed going beyond basic interoperability to true integration to improve patient outcomes. In this post, we’ll focus on electronic health record (EHR) adoption, which sounds simple, but is rife with obstacles. Today we will discuss three of those obstacles: funding, data confidentiality/information blocking/complex data sharing regulations and usability. Funding One goal of the Cures Act was to strengthen mental health parity laws with input from the Department…

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Creating Value Through Electronic Health Records for Autism Therapy Services at Easterseals Southern California

The steady nationwide increase in autism prevalence has sparked greater demand for assessment and support services. Health IT plays a vital role in helping organizations establish efficient and consistent workflows, retain and train qualified staff and manage operations. Today, Netsmart technology is assisting Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) in their efforts to support central and southern California communities in need. Discover the unique value they’ve found in utilizing our EHR and what led them to select Netsmart as their health IT…

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Part 1: What you need to know about the 21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Integration, Mental Health

Almost two years ago, the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) was signed into law. The intent of the Cures Act was to promote and fund the acceleration of research into preventing and curing serious illnesses, advance drug and medical device development, bring focus to the opioid epidemic and improve mental health service delivery. There are a number of provisions that push for greater interoperability, support for human services programs and the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). The Cures…

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Meet the Clinicians: Julie Hiett

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 ensure we’re delivering solutions that work in the real world – not just the testing lab. In this series, we spotlight individuals who now apply their skills and wealth of knowledge to meet and exceed the needs of our clients. Julie Hiett – Director of Population Health Management Tell us about yourself. I grew up in Wichita,…

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Rethinking Your Routine In 2019

The new year offers a unique opportunity for us to reset. 361 days lie ahead for you to show up differently in pursuit of a more capable you. As we begin to refine and apply our 2019 resolutions and goals, ensure at least one is dedicated to supporting your mental health. Making positive changes through resolutions can encompass more than numbers on the scale, your attendance at the gym, performance at work and personal finances. Use the five resolutions below…

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Increasing Knowledge and Driving Action with Mental Health First Aid Training

Pause for a moment to consider the following NAMI statistic: one in five adults in the U.S. experience a mental illness in a given year. Now consider it in the context of the last time you were fifth in line at the grocery store, catching up with four of your closest friends or in a meeting among four colleagues. We are friends with, work alongside and are related to individuals who have or will encounter compromised mental health. As we…

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A Personal Journey to Recovery

For more than 40 years Credo Community Center for the Treatment of Addictions has assisted individuals whose lives have been negatively impacted by substance use. Through an individualized treatment structure, Credo offers a variety of chemical use and dependence services. The organization also provides outpatient and inpatient substance use support, mental health services, individual and group counseling and residential programs. With more than 100 professionals contributing to their transformative programs, Credo is the leading substance use provider in Northern New…

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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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