A Netsmart Blog

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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Revisiting a 2018 Highlight: Annual Cap Lifted for Therapy Services

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, passed by Congress earlier this year, included a provision lifting the annual cap for physical, occupational and speech therapy services. The provision ends a 20-year back-and-forth between attempts to set a financial cap and efforts to prevent that from happening. It also cements an earlier settlement between patients (Jimmo) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that allows for continued therapy services for maintenance of mobility or activities of daily living, instead…

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Flourishing in Post-Acute Care With a Single Unified System

Regulatory pressures, complex reimbursements and staff shortages in healthcare are not going away. Post-acute care providers need to be nimble and agile enough to easily prove outcomes, measure results and integrate clinical and financial information to succeed in the modern landscape. Having one unified system to manage it all should be on your “must-do” list. Here’s why: It helps create more efficient care transitions. Transitioning care settings should be smooth and efficient for everyone involved. The right platform consolidates patient…

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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 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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