Care Coordination

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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Focus on Outcomes: Moving to Value-Based Healthcare

It’s Friday night, and you’re heading to a delicious dinner with friends. You order your favorite entrée, and the chef did not disappoint. Your server brings you your bill, and you notice a long receipt listing a price for each item used to create your meal. A few dollars for the plate, silverware, and glass, another few dollars for each pot and pan. Then you’re charged for the food. Would you go out to dinner as often knowing you had…

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Interoperability: It’s Time to Get in the Game

It’s the bottom of the ninth and your team is down two to one. Your organization is up to bat with two strikes and runners on second and third. Baseball is a game of strategy and it’s up to your organization to be able to read the pitches being thrown to you so you can hit a home run for each and every patient under your care. So, how are you going to prepare to knock it out of the…

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It’s a Process…42CFR Part 2 Consent Reform (Video)

  Sarah C. (fictional name) has battled an addiction to opioids for almost five years. She was prescribed medication for severe pain after back surgery, and due to complications the back pain continued and even increased in severity for several months. The pain abated after a second surgery, but by then Sarah had developed an addiction to the pain med. She sought treatment at a county-operated addiction treatment facility, making good progress. Sarah also had several co-occurring disorders – asthma,…

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Willow Health Care in Driver’s Seat Cruising Down Road to Success

Imagine if you bought a brand new car, but you didn’t use any of the features. You never listened to the radio on long road trips. You didn’t switch on the AC in the summer or the heat in the winter. You didn’t use the power locks or windows. Now, imagine your healthcare organization has just made an investment in an electronic health record (EHR) system but isn’t using any of the features and functionality. That’s not the case with Willow…

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Tips for Managing Populations in Post-Acute Care

Ready or not, the impact that post-acute care has on managing population health is here and it’s real. The questions you need to ask yourself and your organization is, “How do we define population health? How much risk are we willing to take on? And, do we have the right technology and resources to analyze data to proactively manage care and measure outcomes?” To become a key player in managing population health, consider these factors to see if your organization…

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EHR “Go-live” Isn’t the End … It’s Just the Beginning

It’s the culmination of months of work, starting with the EHR selection process and continuing through design, planning, training and testing. And when the system goes live, executives, IT folks and everyone involved may breathe a sigh of relief and think “mission accomplished!” Yes, you have accomplished something. Congratulations! But your mission to get the most benefits from your new EHR is not finished, and unfortunately, many organizations never get very far past this stage. Here’s why. First, organizations can…

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Blockchain: One Way to Accelerate Interoperability

Healthcare providers face two opposing constraints. They need to be able to share information about a person quickly, so they can provide the best treatment and avoid errors. At the same time, they have to protect the person’s confidentiality and keep the information secure. Achieving both is a balance of find form and function in design. In my previous post on Blockchain technology I shared thoughts on the potential and possibilities. Here is my perspective on a path and some…

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Netsmart and HIMSS17: What to Expect

The HIMSS17 Conference and Exhibition is just around the corner! From February 19-23, join Netsmart and thousands of health and IT professionals from across the globe to learn about and advance the future of healthcare technology. We will be showcasing how Netsmart can help you take the right steps to integrate care across all healthcare communities. We’ll show you how we’re already connecting behavioral health and post-acute care to the rest of healthcare and the impact it has had to…

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Invitation to Integrating Care: Moving Beyond Interoperability to True Collaboration

Netsmart’s VP and GM AJ Peterson invites you to dive in to his recent blog series entitled, “Integrating Care: Moving Beyond Interoperability to True Collaboration.” Focusing on the importance on the care coordination for patients with coinciding mental and physical health conditions, AJ elaborates on the adoption of technology in integrated health and how interoperability is essential to executing successful care plans. Read the entire series here: Part I Part II Part III Part IV

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