EHR Solutions and Operations

Congress Passes Major Opioid Bill: Includes Health IT Financial Incentives for Behavioral Health and Substance Use Treatment Providers

Behavioral health organizations, including community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, addiction treatment and other key providers consistently lag behind acute care in the adoption of technology. Despite an increased demand for services and the fact they serve some of the nation’s most at-risk populations, these providers weren’t fully eligible for federal financial incentives on a par with acute care providers for purchase of electronic health record (EHR) platforms, key to enhancing care quality and efficiency in all healthcare settings. Significantly,…

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How Social Determinants of Health Support the Value-Based Care Reimbursement Model

In a fee-for-service reimbursement model, healthcare providers are reimbursed for each office visit or service they provide. Since providers are rewarded based on the volume of people they see, they are incented to keep their schedules full. Essentially, payment is dependent on the quantity of care instead of quality. Today, healthcare is rapidly shifting to a value-based care (VBC) reimbursement model, which realigns care to focus on quality. Delivering quality care at optimal costs is key to the VBC reimbursement…

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Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) Requirements on the Horizon

A lesser-known component of the 21st Century Cures Act is the electronic visit verification (EVV) requirement that goes into effect January 1, 2020, for personal care services (PCS), and January 1, 2023, for home health care services (HHCS). So, what is EVV and how can your organization prepare to comply with this requirement? One of the greatest impacts will be to PCS providers who offer opportunities to Medicaid beneficiaries to receive services such as activities of daily living (ADL) in…

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Flourishing in Post-Acute Care With a Single Unified System

Regulatory pressures, complex reimbursements and staff shortages in healthcare are not going away. Post-acute care providers need to be nimble and agile enough to easily prove outcomes, measure results and integrate clinical and financial information to succeed in the modern landscape. Having one unified system to manage it all should be on your “must-do” list. Here’s why: It helps create more efficient care transitions. Transitioning care settings should be smooth and efficient for everyone involved. The right platform consolidates patient…

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The Need for Electronic Healthcare Records in Psychiatric Care Settings

A recent New England Journal of Medicine report cited the lack of electronic health records (EHRs) in psychiatric care settings, showing that only 15 percent of psychiatric hospitals and offices had an EHR system compared to 84 percent of hospitals and 58 percent of primary care physicians. Why is this and how can we accelerate adoption? One of the primary reasons is the Meaningful Use program that incentivized hospitals and physicians to digitize left out some very important communities within…

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Embracing Technology and Networks to Connect Care and Reduce Costs

Today’s existing healthcare silos can be costly, both financially and in the quality of the care that is being delivered. The recent shifts in clinical and care coordination models driven by various value-based care initiatives require a more collaborative approach to care across the continuum. Technology makes it easier to adopt practices and workflows that make providing care more unified, effective and efficient. Without it, organizations experience operational inconsistencies and inefficiencies that can come with a paper-based system, such as…

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Creating a Preferred Post-Acute Partner Network

It takes a village to care for an individual with health needs. From primary to acute to post-acute care and beyond, managed care organizations and health systems across the country are looking to create valuable strategic partnerships to achieve the best possible outcomes for all individuals. These systems look to their preferred provider network to improve quality of experience and cost of care and collaborate to make it happen. A critical decision for these organizations to make is to determine…

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The Future Of EHR – Collaborate, Connect, Communicate

Electronic health records will no longer be just a tool to collect and store data. The future of EHR is the backbone of a new collaborative network. – Matthew Arnheiter, Senior Vice President, Innovations, Netsmart Why and how is the role of electronic health record systems (EHRs) changing? It needs to follow the strategic needs of provider organizations—with strategic advantage going to the low cost, consumer-oriented, value-focused provider. What does that mean for the future of healthcare IT? OpenMinds CEO Monica Oss…

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Implementing the Second Electronic Health Record Part II

In Part I of our series, we examined common reasons why some healthcare organizations may decide to make a full replacement of their electronic health record (EHR) by implementing a completely different system. The most common reason is that the existing EHR is insufficient and doesn’t support the organization in the ways and means necessary. This can occur for reasons external to the organization as well as from within the organization. In this post, we’ll consider additional factors as to…

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10 Tips for a Smooth EHR Implementation

Advice from the Largest County Mental Health System: Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health It goes without saying that implementing new technology is no easy feat. But that doesn’t mean your electronic health record (EHR) implementation has to be a painful experience. Here are 10 tips to help keep your implementations as smooth as possible. Gathered from staff at all levels across all divisions at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, this advice applies to any organization…

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