A Netsmart Blog

Supporting Teachers in the Classroom

Across the nation, teachers and school administrators are preparing for the new school year. They’re readying their classrooms, libraries and hallways to welcome this year’s students. Meanwhile, students and their families are also preparing to go back to school. They’re going shopping for school supplies and picking out the outfit for the first day back. A new school year can bring forth feelings of excitement, but for some students it also can heighten their anxiety and bring forth behavioral challenges.…

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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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Meet the Clinicians: Denny Morrison

We are privileged to have the opportunity to work with many individuals who have firsthand experience as clinicians. These experienced individuals work hand-in-hand with our technology teams and clients to make sure we’re delivering solutions that work in real-life … not just the testing lab. They also possess a wealth of knowledge and experience that helps keep our efforts aligned with the needs and goals of our clients. In this series, we spotlight individuals who have worked in the field and…

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Achieving Care Coordination in Home Health and Beyond

If you’ve ever heard the old adage, “It takes a village to raise a child,” then you now know that the same can be applied to healthcare. The most effective care one can receive happens when his or her provider has a full understanding of their health history from every healthcare community. Coordinating care between settings has become increasingly important for the successful treatment of individuals requiring care from all areas of healthcare, including home health. From referrals to admittance…

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Improving Care through Adopting Technology: What’s Next?

Part IV As we reach the end of our journey addressing technology to create effective care strategy, we invite you to really take time and consider where your organization stands when it comes to utilizing technology in your daily operations. We’ve addressed the importance to connect with regional providers with a robust electronic health record (EHR) solution. Once you have those links in place, make sure to utilize what those connections can do for you. Interoperability helps set providers up…

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Making a Connection: Carequality and Netsmart Expand Interoperability

The need to connect healthcare record networks is a growing demand for today’s healthcare world. To have a secure, interoperable nationwide health information exchange would allow health provider networks to share patient information across the spectrum. We imagine a world where a patient can visit their primary care doctor along with their treatment specialist and together, they will build an action plan to treat the whole person. Carequality is the first step in achieving interoperability across health network systems and…

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White House Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis July 2017 Report: Executive Summary

The White House Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis has presented its interim report to President Trump. Among the highlights, the Commission calls for better alignment of patient privacy laws to enable easier sharing of health information for patients with a history of substance use disorders (SUD). Netsmart has been engaged in ongoing legislative and regulatory advocacy on this issue. The current complicated consent processes make it difficult for people with opioid addiction or other SUDs to…

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Leveraging Data and Optimization for Care Coordination Success

Part III Welcome back and thank you for joining us for part III of our series discussing the importance of embracing technology to achieve effective care. If you’re just catching up, we’ve discussed the importance of going digital and making the right connections for effective care collaboration. Today, let’s explore how to best utilize data as well as how to leverage all of the benefits of your electronic health record (EHR) solution to provide the best care possible. Now you’ve…

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Home Health Rule Will Bring Big Changes in 2018 and 2019

Recently the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed a new rule that would update payment rates and the wage index for home health agencies that serve Medicare beneficiaries. This proposed rule will apply to those with home health episodes of care on or after January 1, 2018, with a plan to redesign the payment system in 2019. Read more about this new proposed rule and its guidelines here.

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Connecting Digitally – a Must for Care Collaboration

Part II We’re living in the golden age of technology. From connected homes, to smart phones to autopilot cars, it’s everywhere. Almost every industry has adopted modern technology in some form or another, including healthcare. But when it comes to health records, is your organization set up for success? Care networks across the country are continuously working towards, if not already utilizing, technology to connect and create interoperability between facilities. It’s so important to have the right tools in place…

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