EHR Solutions and Operations

Clarity through Consoles

I recently received a pleasantly surprising e-mail from a clinician and colleague here at Child Guidance Center which read, “I feel like a six year old girl getting her Christmas gift early!” When you help manage an organization’s internal IT, the emails you receive typically contain more problems than praise.

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Close but no Cigar: Functional Measurement versus Level of Care Placement

Measurement is a good thing. Maybe there are a few naysayers out there who believe you can’t measure this psychotherapy stuff but the fact is whether you believe it or not, measuring whether what you do is effective is the future. We are moving rapidly into a pay for performance (PFP) reimbursement model where improvement will have to be monitored. Even if you aren’t in a PFP model, you will likely be seeing more capitation reimbursement coming your way. In…

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The Healthcare IT Value Model — A multidimensional healthcare IT planning and measurement tool for the HHS community

In the fast-evolving world of value-based contracts and coordinated care, providers need a strategic roadmap to guide them on the journey to true consumer-centered care by adopting smart technologies made for this new environment. Providers are asking hard questions: “What should I do next?” “How do I adopt the right IT strategy that addresses all my clinical and operational workflows and processes?” “How can I work smarter to drive wellness for the individuals I serve while keeping costs down?”

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Accounting for Care: Why You Can’t Afford to Forgo Healthcare IT

Health and human services (HHS) organizations share a core mission: better the lives of the people they serve. Unfortunately, with rising costs of healthcare and a complicated healthcare landscape, HHS organizations could lose sight of this purpose. Sorting out the details of billing and bureaucracy leaves many organizations just trying to stay afloat.

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Tech Explosion Means More Engaged Consumers, Better Care … But Weigh Your Options

There is a great value in using technology to engage with healthcare consumers. Applications streamline processes that occur before, during and after appointments. With the exponential growth in availability of healthcare technology tools, consumer communication is easier and more affordable than ever before.

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An EHR Built for You

In the world of healthcare 3.0, this latest generation of the ever-evolving healthcare landscape, everyone is required to have an electronic health record (EHR). The benefits of EHRs are becoming better known: including the potential for higher quality care, improved health outcomes and reduced costs. EHRs should be designed to make it easier for all members of the care team to be better informed and more involved in the care of their consumers. 

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Time to Transition to Better Transitions of Care

Some $25 billion to $45 billion per year is lost on poor transitions of care, meaning a failure of the healthcare system to properly transfer a client from the care of one clinician in a certain setting to the care of another clinician in another setting. There are many reasons for this, but it most often happens due to lack of information sharing. In the behavioral health community, where as many as 68 percent of adults with mental health conditions…

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The Other Half of the Story: ACOs Must Bring Behavioral Health Providers into the Clinical Mix

Accountable Care Organizations, which used to be the wave of the future, are the here and now. As groups of doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers come together to coordinate care, it is essential they include behavioral health providers in the mix. According to a recent National Comorbidity Survey, 17 percent of the adult population had comorbid mental and medical conditions within a 12-month period. Patients with comorbidities require a comprehensive treatment plan to truly bend the cost curve.  For…

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Going Beyond 5 Rights to a Person-Centric Model

Prescription and over-the-counter medications are milestone medical advances that impact how we treat and prevent illness. Medication therapies for individuals with behavioral health conditions have become much more prevalent and accepted in the past 10 years. Nonetheless, it is primary care physicians that prescribe the majority of behavioral health medications; overall, 67 percent of psychopharmacologic drugs are prescribed by primary care physicians (Rural Health Advisory Committee, 2005).

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