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Achieving Care Coordination in Home Health and Beyond

If you’ve ever heard the old adage, “It takes a village to raise a child,” then you now know that the same can be applied to healthcare. The most effective care one can receive happens when his or her provider has a full understanding of their health history from every healthcare community. Coordinating care between settings has become increasingly important for the successful treatment of individuals requiring care from all areas of healthcare, including home health. From referrals to admittance…

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Improving Care through Adopting Technology: What’s Next?

Part IV As we reach the end of our journey addressing technology to create effective care strategy, we invite you to really take time and consider where your organization stands when it comes to utilizing technology in your daily operations. We’ve addressed the importance to connect with regional providers with a robust electronic health record (EHR) solution. Once you have those links in place, make sure to utilize what those connections can do for you. Interoperability helps set providers up…

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Making a Connection: Carequality and Netsmart Expand Interoperability

The need to connect healthcare record networks is a growing demand for today’s healthcare world. To have a secure, interoperable nationwide health information exchange would allow health provider networks to share patient information across the spectrum. We imagine a world where a patient can visit their primary care doctor along with their treatment specialist and together, they will build an action plan to treat the whole person. Carequality is the first step in achieving interoperability across health network systems and…

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White House Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis July 2017 Report: Executive Summary

The White House Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis has presented its interim report to President Trump. Among the highlights, the Commission calls for better alignment of patient privacy laws to enable easier sharing of health information for patients with a history of substance use disorders (SUD). Netsmart has been engaged in ongoing legislative and regulatory advocacy on this issue. The current complicated consent processes make it difficult for people with opioid addiction or other SUDs to…

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Leveraging Data and Optimization for Care Coordination Success

Part III Welcome back and thank you for joining us for part III of our series discussing the importance of embracing technology to achieve effective care. If you’re just catching up, we’ve discussed the importance of going digital and making the right connections for effective care collaboration. Today, let’s explore how to best utilize data as well as how to leverage all of the benefits of your electronic health record (EHR) solution to provide the best care possible. Now you’ve…

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Home Health Rule Will Bring Big Changes in 2018 and 2019

Recently the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed a new rule that would update payment rates and the wage index for home health agencies that serve Medicare beneficiaries. This proposed rule will apply to those with home health episodes of care on or after January 1, 2018, with a plan to redesign the payment system in 2019. Read more about this new proposed rule and its guidelines here.

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Connecting Digitally – a Must for Care Collaboration

Part II We’re living in the golden age of technology. From connected homes, to smart phones to autopilot cars, it’s everywhere. Almost every industry has adopted modern technology in some form or another, including healthcare. But when it comes to health records, is your organization set up for success? Care networks across the country are continuously working towards, if not already utilizing, technology to connect and create interoperability between facilities. It’s so important to have the right tools in place…

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House Bill Proposes Pilot Program with Incentives for Use of EHRs and Care Coordination

For decades, human services providers have received significantly lower levels of funding and reimbursement rates vs. their primary/acute care counterparts. This lack of parity is exacerbated by the substantial increase in demand for services placed on behavioral health and addiction treatment providers, largely driven by the broad-based impact of the nationwide opioid crisis. Netsmart’s mantra, “cause connected, passionate about opportunity and obligation,” extends to advocacy on behalf of our clients for funding at the federal level. We have long advocated…

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Welcome to the Netsmart Family, DeVero!

Today we made an exciting announcement about our expanding Netsmart family with the acquisition of DeVero. DeVero is a healthcare technology company that specializes in home healthcare and hospice. This addition further advances and expands our home care offering and enhances our technology platform for the post-acute community. We’ve always had a strong ongoing commitment to provide our clients with leading-edge clinical and business solutions specifically designed for their unique communities. The addition of DeVero to our family provides our…

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Embracing Technology for Effective Care Strategy

Part I As care provider roles evolve across the healthcare continuum, the post-acute realm is finding itself playing a more strategic role than ever before. The need for post-acute care facilities is growing. Formerly independent facilities are joining forces with integrated healthcare systems to help provide seamless transitions of care. In fact, a common theme across care segments is that they are diverting away from a traditional care path and becoming more strategic in addressing the holistic needs of an…

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