Care Coordination

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

Last time in our home health experts series, National Association for Home Care and Hospice President Bill Dombi took a high-level approach toward home health’s impact on healthcare as a whole. Today, Arnie Cisneros and Kimberly McCormick from Home Health Strategic Management talk about making the shift from a high amount to a high quality of care. Embrace the “Volume to Value” Transition Healthcare reforms have been slated towards improving the value of care costs for a number of years, and…

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Back from #HIMSS18 – A Recap

Last week, thousands of healthcare and IT professionals from across the globe convened in Las Vegas for the annual #HIMSS18 conference. Today on CareThreads, we feature some of our favorite highlights from the leading health information and technology conference. Visitors to our Netsmart booth took advantage of meetings, demonstrations and learned more about how we are working to achieve whole-person care by connecting addiction treatment, behavioral health, care at home and senior living to the rest of healthcare. Counting down…

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What Does Behavioral Health Have to Do With Home Health?

As healthcare continues to evolve, so does the overlapping of care specialties. There’s continuing examination that suggests certain health conditions may affect an individual in other areas of health – one condition may cause or further aggravate another. This is why it’s important to provide holistic, whole-person care with a comprehensive approach that addresses the full spectrum of health, including all that relates to physical and behavioral health. Although any individual may require some type of care at home, seniors…

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Carequality by the Numbers

As healthcare continues to integrate, the need for information grows. Providers are relying more on a patient’s health history across care communities to make better care decisions. It’s like putting together a puzzle. Without a vital piece to complete the full-picture, a clinician wouldn’t be able to completely assess an episode if they didn’t have what they needed to fill in the gaps. That’s where the Sequoia Project’s Carequality interoperability framework comes in. Carequality is a collaboration between private and…

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Battling the Opioid Crisis With Connectivity

The current opioid epidemic is a crisis years in the making that causes difficulty in many aspects of life for addicts, their family and friends, and yes, even their healthcare providers. It’s no wonder that the current opioid epidemic has been deemed the deadliest drug crisis in American history. Opioid overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. Between 2000 and 2015, nearly half-a-million Americans died from overdoses, most of them opioid-related. More than…

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Netsmart at #HIMSS18: What to Expect

The leading health information and technology event, #HIMSS18, is right around the corner! From March 5 – 9, join Netsmart and thousands of healthcare professionals for five days of education, innovation and professional networking. This year at #HIMSS18, you will see how Netsmart is connecting the MISSING PIECES – addiction treatment, behavioral health, care at home and senior living – to all of healthcare. Find out how you can position your organization for success by integrating care and making interoperability…

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Calm During the Storm: Serving Clients During an Emergency

Near the end of August 2017, a tropical storm was brewing in the Atlantic Ocean. That storm, known as Hurricane Irma, was on a course headed toward Florida after making its way into the Gulf of Mexico. As is with any typical hurricane news coverage, you never really know until the actual day it hits. But, we knew she was headed toward us at Operation PAR and we had to determine how to best serve our clients during this weather…

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Exploring the True Value of an EHR

When I joined Arizona State Hospital as their CEO in May 2015, we already had an electronic health record (EHR) system in place, but it was old and dilapidated – unable to accept any updates or changes. We needed to upgrade our system in order to have the capacity to continue to grow and adapt to industry requirements. While our team was hesitant to take on this huge challenge, we soon realized that to stay aligned with requirements and achieve…

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One Organization’s Journey to Whole-person Care: Landis Communities

Ensuring that an individual’s needs are met across various areas of care can be complex and overwhelming, but with correct tools in place, organizations can achieve whole-person care and do it well. Facilitating interoperability between care providers is key and necessitates the need for investing in the right technology to make it happen. Eva Bering is vice president of operations at Landis Communities, a five-star, full service, live-at-home facility in Lititz, Penn. It offers a 114-acre continuing care retirement community…

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