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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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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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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#HIMSS18: Interoperability Enables Officer Tim’s Care Team to Deliver Holistic Care

Earlier this year, we participated in the #HIMSS18 Interoperability Showcase where we demonstrated how interconnected systems allow healthcare teams to provide whole person care. Here’s the scenario: Officer Tim Jones is a 54-year-old police officer with diabetes. He visits his primary care provider where he informs the doctor he has gained weight and has trouble sleeping. At the visit, the doctor noted that his A1C levels are higher than normal. Through interoperability, we can see his journey through various health…

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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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CCBHC Extension Grant: What’s It All About?

The Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstration program was created in response to section 223 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act to develop resources that provide accessible, comprehensive services to individuals who are in crisis or who may be experiencing a serious mental illness (SMI) or substance use disorder (SUD), regardless of their ability to pay or where they live. Since 2016, organizations in eight CCBHC demonstration states have been tasked to improve the behavioral health of individuals…

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Implementing the Second Electronic Health Record – Part I

A lot has been written about why organizations should upgrade from a paper-based system to an electronic health record (EHR). External standards and opportunities such as Meaningful Use (now Merit Based incentive Payments System, or MIPS) have been contributing factors. What hasn’t been explored is why organizations make the decision to switch to a new EHR — not simply upgrade to a newer version, but change software and vendors altogether. Data migration, staff retraining and other challenges make such a…

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Going Digital to Enhance Care Coordination and Outcomes in Senior Living

If you were a senior living care provider looking to drive up quality of care and improve clinical and financial outcomes while balancing your status as a preferred referral partner, what would you do? Invest in technology? That’s what Landis Communities did to achieve success. The five-star, full-service, live-at-home facility in Pennsylvania took steps to adopt health IT solutions that helped not only achieve positive results for their residents but also solidified their position as a vital player within their local…

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Managing Care for Co-Occurring Conditions

When it comes to being able to provide the best care possible, it’s important for providers to be able to exchange and receive vital patient data – spanning both behavioral and physical healthcare – so they can have all of the relevant information at hand to make the best care decisions and achieve the best possible outcomes for their patient. Watch the video below to follow Maria through her journey as she works with her providers to successfully manage the…

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