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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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Embracing Technology and Networks to Connect Care and Reduce Costs

Today’s existing healthcare silos can be costly, both financially and in the quality of the care that is being delivered. The recent shifts in clinical and care coordination models driven by various value-based care initiatives require a more collaborative approach to care across the continuum. Technology makes it easier to adopt practices and workflows that make providing care more unified, effective and efficient. Without it, organizations experience operational inconsistencies and inefficiencies that can come with a paper-based system, such as…

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Creating a Preferred Post-Acute Partner Network

It takes a village to care for an individual with health needs. From primary to acute to post-acute care and beyond, managed care organizations and health systems across the country are looking to create valuable strategic partnerships to achieve the best possible outcomes for all individuals. These systems look to their preferred provider network to improve quality of experience and cost of care and collaborate to make it happen. A critical decision for these organizations to make is to determine…

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#HIMSS18: Interoperability Enables Officer Tim’s Care Team to Deliver Holistic Care

Earlier this year, we participated in the #HIMSS18 Interoperability Showcase where we demonstrated how interconnected systems allow healthcare teams to provide whole person care. Here’s the scenario: Officer Tim Jones is a 54-year-old police officer with diabetes. He visits his primary care provider where he informs the doctor he has gained weight and has trouble sleeping. At the visit, the doctor noted that his A1C levels are higher than normal. Through interoperability, we can see his journey through various health…

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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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5 Things to Know about the Recent Opioid Regulations for Medicare Part D

In June, the House of Representatives passed legislation that will impact the already complex Medicare Part D requirements. Spurred in part by a Department of Health and Human Services report that showed one-third of Medicare Part D beneficiaries received an opioid prescription in 2016. For the approximately 13 million people enrolled in Part D, nearly 80 million opioid prescriptions were written. More than 501,000 people received “high” amounts of opioids and 69,563 received “extreme” amounts, some as a result of…

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Supporting Mental and Physical Health Through Sleep

Sleep and health go hand in hand. It’s something we all need and is as essential as food, water and air. Getting plenty of good-quality sleep is essential to maintaining mental and physical health. If you have ever experienced a few restless or sleepless nights, you know the connection between good sleep and good health first hand. Learn more about how myStrength is working to help support the mind and body through the power of sleep.

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Implementing the Second Electronic Health Record Part II

In Part I of our series, we examined common reasons why some healthcare organizations may decide to make a full replacement of their electronic health record (EHR) by implementing a completely different system. The most common reason is that the existing EHR is insufficient and doesn’t support the organization in the ways and means necessary. This can occur for reasons external to the organization as well as from within the organization. In this post, we’ll consider additional factors as to…

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CCBHC Extension Grant: What’s It All About?

The Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstration program was created in response to section 223 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act to develop resources that provide accessible, comprehensive services to individuals who are in crisis or who may be experiencing a serious mental illness (SMI) or substance use disorder (SUD), regardless of their ability to pay or where they live. Since 2016, organizations in eight CCBHC demonstration states have been tasked to improve the behavioral health of individuals…

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