Human Services

Netsmart and HIMSS17: What to Expect

The HIMSS17 Conference and Exhibition is just around the corner! From February 19-23, join Netsmart and thousands of health and IT professionals from across the globe to learn about and advance the future of healthcare technology. We will be showcasing how Netsmart can help you take the right steps to integrate care across all healthcare communities. We’ll show you how we’re already connecting behavioral health and post-acute care to the rest of healthcare and the impact it has had to…

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Invitation to Integrating Care: Moving Beyond Interoperability to True Collaboration

Netsmart’s VP and GM AJ Peterson invites you to dive in to his recent blog series entitled, “Integrating Care: Moving Beyond Interoperability to True Collaboration.” Focusing on the importance on the care coordination for patients with coinciding mental and physical health conditions, AJ elaborates on the adoption of technology in integrated health and how interoperability is essential to executing successful care plans. Read the entire series here: Part I Part II Part III Part IV

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Integrating Care: Moving Beyond Interoperability to True Collaboration, Part IV

We’re nearing our destination! In this blog series over the past several weeks we’ve identified the importance of integration and collaboration as expressed through the impacts of severe mental illness (SMI). We’ve seen the practical use of applications like referral process automation. We’ve examined how standards-based transaction and data elements can provide visibility across systems into a patient’s well-being. In short, we have facilitated communication and the collection of massive amounts of powerful information about individuals and entire populations. So,…

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Integrating Care: Moving Beyond Interoperability to True Collaboration, Part III

We began traveling down the road to integration and collaboration by noting the importance of this journey; severe mental illness (SMI) impacts both lifespan and quality of life. In addition, fragmented care drives higher costs. Along the way we’ve been witnesses to the practical use of applications including referral process automation, integration with Acute Care Organizations (ACOs), and synchronized systems across Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCS). But any successful journey involves looking not only…

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Netsmart: SAMHSA Makes Progress with 42 CFR Part 2 Final Rule; More Still Needed

As the leading knowledge and technology partner for human services providers nationwide, Netsmart provides expertise, technology, and healthcare connectivity and integration solutions that help addiction treatment, behavioral health and other human services providers deliver effective, outcomes-based services and care to more than 25 million persons nationwide. Netsmart clients include 500,000 users in 24,000 in provider organizations across all 50 states.  Netsmart applauds the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for its efforts to update and modernize privacy regulations…

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Integrating Care: Moving Beyond Interoperability to True Collaboration, Part II

Building the vehicle which will take us beyond interoperability to full integration is a complex task. But, as we saw in the first blog post in this series, there’s ample proof that the need is great – longevity is threatened without integration, quality of life is diminished and costs are needlessly driven higher. So, what does integration look like in practice?

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Integrating Care: Moving Beyond Interoperability to True Collaboration, Part I

It’s something every traveler knows — you can’t get to where you want to be if you don’t know where you are. For the purposes of this blog series, our collective goal is to arrive at a place of integrated care where behavioral health and human services connect to acute and primary care, providing a single patient/provider view across the entire care continuum. We know we want to arrive at this place because we’ve seen the facts. Let’s refresh them…

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Progress… The Anna Westin Act Passes

I want to pause for a moment, to recognize the historical impact of yesterday’s passing of the 21st Century Cures and Mental Health Reform Act of 2016, including key provisions from the Anna Westin Act of 2015. Those of us at Netsmart are fortunate to know Anna’s family and have had the opportunity to help tell their story over the last few years. Anna’s mother, Kitty Westin, spoke at our 2015 Connections and reminded us of the importance of the mission…

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Throwing Out the Cookie Cutter: Understanding and Embracing Person-Centered Care

A curious term is increasingly being used in the intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) community. It’s person-centered care. I say it’s curious because it naturally prompts the question, “hasn’t care always been centered on the person?” The answer to that question is “well, not exactly.” Allow me to explain.

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Has the Disease Definition of Addiction Prevailed?

It’s been eight years since the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) became law. At its core, the law was intended to ensure that insurance providers who offer mental health or substance use disorder benefits don’t impose any limitations on those benefits that differ from what is offered for primary care.

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