Human Services

Opioid Addiction: What It Is, Isn’t and Our Impact

It’s difficult to acknowledge that when we mention the word “opioid” it possesses an unnerving connotation. What once was considered the best and safest way to eliminate pain and discomfort has morphed into a nationwide addiction epidemic. Let’s look at the facts: Since 2008, opioid overdoses have been the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the S., soaring from 64,070 deaths in 2016 to more than 72,000 in…

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The Suicide Warning Signs You Need To Address

Annually, millions of Americans report experiencing serious thoughts of suicide. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. By increasing awareness, we can begin to control its expanding presence and devastating effects. The only way we can help those in need is by recognizing their struggle. Research shows most individuals contemplating suicide give some indication of their intent. Your ability to recognize someone’s struggle could help save a life. Awareness is the first step to prevention, and we…

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A Person-Centered Approach for Success in Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services – Part II

In a recent CareThreads post, we began exploring principal factors to consider when providing the best care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Like all of healthcare, it’s important to keep the unique needs and desires of an individual central to meet desired outcomes through coordinated care efforts. What else should be addressed for person-centered care? Let’s explore. Comprehensive Assessment and Planning Person-centered care requires the ability to plan and provide the right type of services that can…

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A Person-Centered Approach for Success in Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services – Part I

It’s no secret that limited resources and funding have historically been a challenge for providers of Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) services. That’s why it’s important for healthcare providers to break down information silos and work collaboratively to achieve the best outcomes possible. With the introduction of value-based care payment models, it will be even more important for providers to find effective and efficient ways to manage resources across the healthcare continuum to deliver the right care for every individual’s…

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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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Mental Wellness Is Key to Healthy Companies and Communities

As the prevalence of mental health conditions continues to rise, access to support and resources is crucial. Netsmart recognizes this need and is dedicated to supporting the well-being of our associates and communities. Netsmart COO Tom Herzog addresses the specific measures we are taking to increase awareness and access to mental health resources. Check out NetsmartLife to learn what inspires and continues our pursuit to be the ripple of goodness.

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Mental Health Affects Us All: A Conversation With Jason Hooper of KVC Health Systems

Anyone scrolling through social media may think about current events and societal problems, but Jason Hooper finds himself much closer to the issues. He leads a team of 1,600 professionals who are working to solve those massive problems head-on. Day after day, they’re tackling the opioid addiction epidemic, increased suicide rates, childhood adversity and other mental health crises in communities across America. Hooper has successfully navigated his first few years as President and CEO of KVC Health Systems, a leader…

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The High Cost of Comorbidities – What Can You Do About It?

There is often a correlation between behavioral health issues and comorbid, or co-occurring, medical conditions. In fact, mental health and substance use disorders are leading factors contributing to the aggravation of co-occurring conditions. It’s common for someone with a behavioral health condition to have one or more physical conditions. Take baby boomers, for example, by 2020 nearly 25 million of them are expected to have multiple chronic conditions. Left unaddressed, an individual’s behavioral health challenges can exacerbate comorbid conditions, leading…

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Supporting Mental and Physical Health Through Sleep

Sleep and health go hand in hand. It’s something we all need and is as essential as food, water and air. Getting plenty of good-quality sleep is essential to maintaining mental and physical health. If you have ever experienced a few restless or sleepless nights, you know the connection between good sleep and good health first hand. Learn more about how myStrength is working to help support the mind and body through the power of sleep.

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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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