Interoperability

ONC Meeting Recap

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) hosted its annual meeting last week. Netsmart attended this year’s event, themed “Tackling Barriers to Interoperability and Usability,” where we took part in conversations with other healthcare IT partners, clients and key ONC and CMS staff. The overwhelming takeaway is that interoperability is no longer an option, it is a critical component in the shift to value based care. In his opening keynote, Donald Rucker, M.D., national coordinator for the ONC, made the case…

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Post-acute Strategy: Using Technology to Attract and Retain Health System Relationships

Post-acute care has long been a fragmented sector of healthcare. In a recent report, a physician executive referred to it as “an archipelago of little islands.”1 But the disconnect between post-acute care and other care providers is becoming less distinct. Payer requirements and the trend toward shared risk payment models are driving health systems and hospitals to narrow their preferred partners lists and forge referral relationships with organizations that can help them save money, reduce potential penalties and improve patient…

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ONC Interoperability Pledge

You may have seen a recent announcement from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) showcasing healthcare technology vendors’ commitment to interoperability and information sharing. Netsmart is a long-time leader in automating and connecting behavioral health and social services communities and their acute and primary care partners; and over the last 18 months, we’ve been investing in the same technology for post-acute providers. Our powerful Netsmart network allows more than 560,000 providers across 25,000 organizations to…

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Success in Long-term Care Through Care Coordination

Think about a time you’ve had to make a big decision. You took the facts you were aware of and you made your decision based off of the information you knew. What if a major piece of information wasn’t presented as an option or you were not given all of the details to consider the best choice? If you had access to all of the information before making the decision, you may have made a different choice. That’s not the…

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Whole-Person Care: Value-based Care for the Justice-Involved

Every year, 11 million individuals process in and out of the county jail system in the United States. Approximately two-thirds of those individuals suffer from a mental illness or substance use disorder, often both. Counties and their community partners are recognizing the value of collaborating and sharing healthcare information to provide fully-informed care before, during and after incarceration. County care providers work hard to help improve recovery outcomes using cost-effective and evidence-based treatment so these individuals remain successful in their…

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Achieving Care Coordination in Home Health and Beyond

If you’ve ever heard the old adage, “It takes a village to raise a child,” then you now know that the same can be applied to healthcare. The most effective care one can receive happens when his or her provider has a full understanding of their health history from every healthcare community. Coordinating care between settings has become increasingly important for the successful treatment of individuals requiring care from all areas of healthcare, including home health. From referrals to admittance…

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Making a Connection: Carequality and Netsmart Expand Interoperability

The need to connect healthcare record networks is a growing demand for today’s healthcare world. To have a secure, interoperable nationwide health information exchange would allow health provider networks to share patient information across the spectrum. We imagine a world where a patient can visit their primary care doctor along with their treatment specialist and together, they will build an action plan to treat the whole person. Carequality is the first step in achieving interoperability across health network systems and…

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Connecting Digitally – a Must for Care Collaboration

Part II We’re living in the golden age of technology. From connected homes, to smart phones to autopilot cars, it’s everywhere. Almost every industry has adopted modern technology in some form or another, including healthcare. But when it comes to health records, is your organization set up for success? Care networks across the country are continuously working towards, if not already utilizing, technology to connect and create interoperability between facilities. It’s so important to have the right tools in place…

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House Bill Proposes Pilot Program with Incentives for Use of EHRs and Care Coordination

For decades, human services providers have received significantly lower levels of funding and reimbursement rates vs. their primary/acute care counterparts. This lack of parity is exacerbated by the substantial increase in demand for services placed on behavioral health and addiction treatment providers, largely driven by the broad-based impact of the nationwide opioid crisis. Netsmart’s mantra, “cause connected, passionate about opportunity and obligation,” extends to advocacy on behalf of our clients for funding at the federal level. We have long advocated…

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Focus on Outcomes: Moving to Value-Based Healthcare

It’s Friday night, and you’re heading to a delicious dinner with friends. You order your favorite entrée, and the chef did not disappoint. Your server brings you your bill, and you notice a long receipt listing a price for each item used to create your meal. A few dollars for the plate, silverware, and glass, another few dollars for each pot and pan. Then you’re charged for the food. Would you go out to dinner as often knowing you had…

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