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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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Netsmart Responds to SAMHSA’s 42 CFR Part 2 Listening Session

In January 2018, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) held a public listening session to request information concerning 42 CFR Part 2. The listening session provided an opportunity for the public to offer feedback to SAMHSA regarding Part 2’s influence on patient care, health outcomes and privacy. Currently, 42 CFR Part 2 obliges providers to set aside substance use treatment information from a person’s health record to prevent it from being disclosed to other providers not in…

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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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People With Addiction Issues Should Be Able to Control Their Own Health Data

In case you missed it, our own Executive Vice President Kevin Scalia and The Kennedy Forum Founder Patrick J. Kennedy were featured in The Hill over the weekend. Together, they collaborate on why it is important and fair to give individuals with a history of substance use equal control over their health information as those with other conditions. Click here to read the full article.

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Veterans Day Reflections

This Veterans Day join us as we remember, honor and reflect on all of our past, present and future veterans. At Netsmart, we are so proud to work alongside our clients and support those communities who serve veterans and their families. Mental health services for our returning veterans should be one of the highest priorities, but the reality is that these services aren’t always easy to access. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a valuable resource that can make a…

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Improving Mental and Emotional Wellness

World Mental Health Day is observed each year on Oct. 10, with the overall intention of raising awareness of mental health issues, reducing stigma and rallying support of better mental health across the globe. It is important, however, to take care of your mental health every day of the year. Taking steps to be mindful of your mental health can be easier than you think. Check out these tips that you can try today to help you maximize opportunities for…

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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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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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Passion and Vision for the Future: The Legacy of Neal Patterson

I wanted to take a minute to discuss something important. As many of you are probably aware, the CEO of Cerner, Neal Patterson, passed away this last weekend from complications of his ongoing cancer treatment. For those that don’t know, Neal founded Cerner in the late 1970’s and has been its CEO ever since. Neal was a pioneer for the healthcare information technology and electronic medical records industry. He was the first to declare that an “enterprise platform” was required to solve…

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