Important EHR Questions for Child and Family Service Agencies to Consider

Agencies in the child and family services industry have many unique challenges when it comes to achieving success for both the individuals that they serve and for their organization from a business perspective. There are many guidelines and regulations to consider when it comes to providing clients with the care they need and it can be challenging to manage everything successfully. Child and family service agencies, who adopt the right type of technology, such as an electronic health record (EHR)…

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Dr. Dan Reidenberg Empowers Front Line Nurses with Mental Health and Suicide Facts

Suicide. It’s a scary word. It’s also a serious public health issue. As the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., it can affect anyone regardless of age, race, gender or background; it doesn’t discriminate. Every 30 seconds, an individual attempts to take his or her own life. Every 11 minutes, an individual dies of suicide. Mental health and suicide prevention expert Dr. Dan Reidenberg will be addressing attendees at the Nursing Council on April 8 as part of the…

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Netsmart Talks Post-Acute Legislative and Policy Advocacy with Home Care and Long-Term Care Associations

Fast-evolving convergence in healthcare was the common theme of recent Netsmart public policy advocacy meetings with key national home care and long-term care (senior living) associations in Washington. Netsmart Executive Vice President Kevin Scalia, Industry Relations Strategist Dave Kishler and Post-acute Strategy and Solutions Team Members Teresa Craig, Jeremy Mercer and Robert Love met with five key associations representing post-acute providers: the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), LeadingAge, ElevatingHOME and…

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Connecting Whole-Families: The Bair Foundation

Successful child and family service organizations understand that adopting the right technology is essential to achieving positive outcomes for the families they serve. From storing and retrieving client data to executing service plans, providers need access to tools that help simplify and streamline workflows.  These powerful capabilities allow providers to focus on delivering the best care and service possible. Our longtime partners, The Bair Foundation, incorporated the Netsmart child and family platform seven years ago to meet their goal of…

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Tracing the Path to Whole-person Care

Whole-person care is the coordination of health, behavioral health and social services with the goals of improving outcomes and making more efficient use of resources. But how does it work in practice across the post-acute and human services communities? Let’s take a look at what’s driving whole-person care, similarities between post-acute care and human services providers and explore preliminary results from programs that are already in place. Healthcare Costs Are Rising at Unsustainable Rates And the biggest chunk of the…

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Focused on Recovery With a Whole-Person Approach

We’ve come a long way in how our culture and our healthcare community treat individuals with severe mental illness (SMI). In the 1840s, people suspected of having a SMI were placed in an institution that closely resembled a jail … without the option to leave. This was culturally accepted because the belief was if they were out of sight, they were out of mind. In the early 1900s, providers began experimenting with radical treatments, with the ultimate goal to eliminate…

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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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Breaking Through the “Radio Silence”

Have you ever carried a secret that became an increasingly heavy burden? The irony is that secrecy often keeps those battling mental illness from finding the relief they so desperately need. Reporter Kevin Patrick discovered that truth when he began having panic attacks in the midst of an otherwise successful career. He would have never guessed that a highly respected colleague he was working alongside was living in a parallel existence that both would only learn about much later.

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Becoming a Foster Parent: Are You Ready?

With hundreds of thousands of children of all ages in foster care, there’s huge need for more foster families. Perhaps you’ve thought about fostering before, but fear of the unknown has stopped you from going for it. There’s no doubt that fostering children is a special and fulfilling opportunity. It’s a chance to provide a child a safe, secure living environment and to positively shape and mold their life. The decision to foster is an important one that affects both you and the children you care for.…

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Stepping Through the Intersection of Innovation and Action at #NatCon17

National Council for Behavioral Health’s #NatCon17 was THE place to be in Seattle, Washington, over April 3-5 where we joined thousands of others in making strides for the progress of behavioral health care in America. At our Netsmart booth, visitors had the chance to join us on our journey as we take STEPS towards integrating care across communities. Our booth was jam-packed with interactive features that informed, educated, entertained and included something for everyone who visited. Throughout the exhibition, we…

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