Value-based Care

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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Value-Based Care Journey to Continue Under Azar

Although couched as an opportunity, the final words in a speech from the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to the Federation of American Hospitals sound more like a wakeup call to healthcare providers. “Change represents opportunity, and I exhort all of you to take advantage of the opportunities represented by what I’ve discussed today,” said Azar. “Because I assure you: change is possible, change is necessary and change is coming.” Azar’s address zeroed in on the…

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

Last time in our home health experts series, National Association for Home Care and Hospice President Bill Dombi took a high-level approach toward home health’s impact on healthcare as a whole. Today, Arnie Cisneros and Kimberly McCormick from Home Health Strategic Management talk about making the shift from a high amount to a high quality of care. Embrace the “Volume to Value” Transition Healthcare reforms have been slated towards improving the value of care costs for a number of years, and…

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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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Q & A: How Health Systems View Value-based Care

As payment models and risk continue to shift, health systems are looking to post-acute providers to provide transparency and data to support referral relationships and reduce readmission rates. Do you have the right technology in place to support value-based care initiatives? Gene Huang, vice president of business development at Remedy Partners shares his thoughts. Q. How do health systems view the delivery of value-based care? A. The answer to that question depends on whom you ask. Hospital and health system…

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Value-Based Care: Building a Strategy for Improved Outcomes and Lower Costs

With healthcare making a shift from episodic to continuous, whole-person care, providers are focusing more on delivering the right care in the right acuity setting and in the most cost effective way. Organizations across the country are evaluating everything from their workflows and processes to their technology and network partnerships to make sure that they have what it takes to be successful in this new landscape. As a post-acute provider, where does your organization sit when it comes to making…

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Tarrant County, TX: Measuring Up with Value-based Care

With every visit, healthcare providers collect and record vast amounts of data about their patients. When you have tremendous volumes of it, having the ability to efficiently pull and analyze the data can be quite an undertaking. Especially when it comes to proving outcomes and meeting detailed requirements set forth by government policies and programs that may require in depth analysis. And, if your organization uses multiple technology solutions to manage patient records, it makes it even more challenging. Netsmart’s…

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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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Returning to Person Centricity: Value-Based Care

I’m often asked by those in my network who are not vocationally tied to healthcare, what is all the noise about. First, those I serve with and for would likely agree there are easier things to do; but for many of us this is about social goodness, a system that works for all, the cause that drives us. It’s about evolving the model we find ourselves in right now. Early on, the focus of healthcare was solely on the person.…

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Saving Money and Lives Through Value-Based Care

It’s no secret that the post-acute healthcare industry is undergoing a revolution to increase successful patient outcomes while reducing the costs it takes to achieve them. The current payment environment is shifting toward the value-based care approach and organizations across the country are working diligently to implement the right steps and the technology to put it into effect.

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