Driving Recovery in the Opioid Crisis – The Technology to Get Us There

The opioid crisis has been long in the making and has yet to cease force as it continues to permeate the healthcare community. Drug use admission rates have increased 500 percent since the early 2000s. According to the CDC, there were more than 63,000 overdose deaths in 2016, which surpasses the number of car accidents and gun deaths in that same year. When studying the opioid epidemic, it’s important to consider the causes of addiction, which can range from genetics,…

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Home Health Spending to Outpace Overall Growth

New spending projections bode well for the home health industry, a segment expected to see among the highest forecasted growth on a percentage basis. Each year, the actuarial office at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) creates a forecast for overall health spending, taking into account current law. Overall, the office predicts healthcare spending will grow at a 5.5 percent annual rate, reaching $5.7 trillion by 2026. That equates to a 71 percent increase over the next decade.…

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How Social Determinants of Health Support the Value-Based Care Reimbursement Model

In a fee-for-service reimbursement model, healthcare providers are reimbursed for each office visit or service they provide. Since providers are rewarded based on the volume of people they see, they are incented to keep their schedules full. Essentially, payment is dependent on the quantity of care instead of quality. Today, healthcare is rapidly shifting to a value-based care (VBC) reimbursement model, which realigns care to focus on quality. Delivering quality care at optimal costs is key to the VBC reimbursement…

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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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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 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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