Thought Leadership

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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The Future Of EHR – Collaborate, Connect, Communicate

Electronic health records will no longer be just a tool to collect and store data. The future of EHR is the backbone of a new collaborative network. – Matthew Arnheiter, Senior Vice President, Innovations, Netsmart Why and how is the role of electronic health record systems (EHRs) changing? It needs to follow the strategic needs of provider organizations—with strategic advantage going to the low cost, consumer-oriented, value-focused provider. What does that mean for the future of healthcare IT? OpenMinds CEO Monica Oss…

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10 Tips for a Smooth EHR Implementation

Advice from the Largest County Mental Health System: Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health It goes without saying that implementing new technology is no easy feat. But that doesn’t mean your electronic health record (EHR) implementation has to be a painful experience. Here are 10 tips to help keep your implementations as smooth as possible. Gathered from staff at all levels across all divisions at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, this advice applies to any organization…

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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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Enhancing Autism Services Through Technology

Healthcare is constantly moving at a high rate of speed. In order to keep up, providers and clinicians need to consider and adopt the best processes and workflows to provide top-notch services. When providers are spending more time on recordkeeping and analysis, it doesn’t leave them with as much time to do what they do best – provide care. Enter technology and its ability to streamline operations and enrich services. Read on as Netsmart Senior Director Andrew Mersman gives us…

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Nurses Week 2018 Reflections

Inspire, Innovate, Influence – those three words are the American Nurses Association theme for Nurses Week 2018.  As I reflect upon my career as a nurse and think about all of the lives I have come in contact with, I think of you all.  While patient and family care is first and foremost to who we are, the ability to inspire, innovate and influence is what drives the advancement of care and advocacy for the betterment of healthcare regardless of…

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Experts in Home Health Give Thoughts and Advice for 2018 – Part VIII

Throughout our series, we’ve provided various outlooks from home health experts on the industry landscape for 2018. Ranging from referrals to payment models to advocacy and beyond, there certainly is a lot of opportunity for the future. In this final installment, Netsmart Senior Vice President Dawn Iddings gives her thoughts on becoming a preferred referral partner. Strive to Be a Better Referral Partner  We’ve seen a shift to a value-based care model for home health, even in states that weren’t…

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Experts in Home Health Give Thoughts and Advice for 2018 – Part I

Uncertainty is nothing new for home health providers. Since becoming a Medicare benefit in the mid-1980’s, the only constant was change. The past year featured more uncertainty than normal, as 2017 saw a number of challenges arise for home health providers, both from a regulatory and business climate perspective. Much of the year was spent in anticipation of the finalization of the HHGM while providers simultaneously prepared to meet the new Conditions of Participation. Meanwhile, the public reporting of data…

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