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Integrating Care: Moving Beyond Interoperability to True Collaboration, Part IV

We’re nearing our destination! In this blog series over the past several weeks we’ve identified the importance of integration and collaboration as expressed through the impacts of severe mental illness (SMI). We’ve seen the practical use of applications like referral process automation. We’ve examined how standards-based transaction and data elements can provide visibility across systems into a patient’s well-being. In short, we have facilitated communication and the collection of massive amounts of powerful information about individuals and entire populations. So,…

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Integrating Care: Moving Beyond Interoperability to True Collaboration, Part III

We began traveling down the road to integration and collaboration by noting the importance of this journey; severe mental illness (SMI) impacts both lifespan and quality of life. In addition, fragmented care drives higher costs. Along the way we’ve been witnesses to the practical use of applications including referral process automation, integration with Acute Care Organizations (ACOs), and synchronized systems across Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCS). But any successful journey involves looking not only…

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Netsmart: SAMHSA Makes Progress with 42 CFR Part 2 Final Rule; More Still Needed

As the leading knowledge and technology partner for human services providers nationwide, Netsmart provides expertise, technology, and healthcare connectivity and integration solutions that help addiction treatment, behavioral health and other human services providers deliver effective, outcomes-based services and care to more than 25 million persons nationwide. Netsmart clients include 500,000 users in 24,000 in provider organizations across all 50 states.  Netsmart applauds the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for its efforts to update and modernize privacy regulations…

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Integrating Care: Moving Beyond Interoperability to True Collaboration, Part II

Building the vehicle which will take us beyond interoperability to full integration is a complex task. But, as we saw in the first blog post in this series, there’s ample proof that the need is great – longevity is threatened without integration, quality of life is diminished and costs are needlessly driven higher. So, what does integration look like in practice?

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Integrating Care: Moving Beyond Interoperability to True Collaboration, Part I

It’s something every traveler knows — you can’t get to where you want to be if you don’t know where you are. For the purposes of this blog series, our collective goal is to arrive at a place of integrated care where behavioral health and human services connect to acute and primary care, providing a single patient/provider view across the entire care continuum. We know we want to arrive at this place because we’ve seen the facts. Let’s refresh them…

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Progress… The Anna Westin Act Passes

I want to pause for a moment, to recognize the historical impact of yesterday’s passing of the 21st Century Cures and Mental Health Reform Act of 2016, including key provisions from the Anna Westin Act of 2015. Those of us at Netsmart are fortunate to know Anna’s family and have had the opportunity to help tell their story over the last few years. Anna’s mother, Kitty Westin, spoke at our 2015 Connections and reminded us of the importance of the mission…

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Throwing Out the Cookie Cutter: Understanding and Embracing Person-Centered Care

A curious term is increasingly being used in the intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) community. It’s person-centered care. I say it’s curious because it naturally prompts the question, “hasn’t care always been centered on the person?” The answer to that question is “well, not exactly.” Allow me to explain.

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People are the Key to True Care Integration

The word integration is so prevalent in healthcare it has become a cliché. Google the term “healthcare integration” and you’ll get more than 76 million results! But integration is typically discussed solely within the context of technology. True integration is a coordination of processes or “a bringing together.” I don’t know about you, but when I think of togetherness I think of people. It’s through togetherness that people create and optimize processes and – at that point – use technology…

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Bringing Home the Value of Health IT

Begin a conversation with, “I’d like to talk to you about machinery and equipment developed from the application of scientific knowledge” and you can expect the listener to act like they’ve just been given the cure for insomnia. Let’s begin the conversation about National Health IT Week with concepts such as equal access to care, treatment of the whole person, research support and reduced documentation time. That’s the value of health IT. This value is being realized by organizations like…

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Impossible – Amazing Stories of Recovery

It’s been rejuvenating to read all the stories being shared as part of Recovery Month, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) annual effort to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. Being reminded of others successes is integral to creating an authentic atmosphere of hope for clinicians and their patients alike. We all feed off each other. That’s what community is about. In my 15-plus years as a licensed,…

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