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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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Hospice: Hope in the Changing World of Healthcare

More than 1 million people each year have to make a life-changing decision: continue intensive treatment to fight a chronic illness or pursue the best quality of life possible in their final months, weeks, or days. When faced with this scenario, most people would prefer to stop intensive treatment and be kept comfortable at home, surrounded by their loved ones. In fact, seven out of 10 Americans say they would prefer to die at home, according to a CNN poll,…

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Home Healthcare: A Focus in Today’s Healthcare Environment

They say that “home is where the heart is,” but now, home is where healthcare is, too. In the United States, the home care industry serves about 8.6 million patients, including primary care, pre-acute care intervention, post-acute care services and hospice and palliative care. There are also more than one million home health and hospice employees serving these patients. Home healthcare services, one piece of the home care industry pie, is not just the fastest growing industry in healthcare, but…

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Post-acute Strategy: Using Technology to Attract and Retain Health System Relationships

Post-acute care has long been a fragmented sector of healthcare. In a recent report, a physician executive referred to it as “an archipelago of little islands.”1 But the disconnect between post-acute care and other care providers is becoming less distinct. Payer requirements and the trend toward shared risk payment models are driving health systems and hospitals to narrow their preferred partners lists and forge referral relationships with organizations that can help them save money, reduce potential penalties and improve patient…

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November White House Opioid Commission Report

The White House Opioid Commission has released its first official report to the Trump administration. There are four main categories of recommendations in the report: federal funding and programs; opioid addiction prevention; opioid addiction treatment, overdose reversal and recovery; and research and development. You can click here to read the full report, but we wanted to highlight the portion of the report describing 42 CFR Part 2 privacy regulations in their current form as a “particular hindrance to comprehensive healthcare.”…

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Veterans Day Reflections

This Veterans Day join us as we remember, honor and reflect on all of our past, present and future veterans. At Netsmart, we are so proud to work alongside our clients and support those communities who serve veterans and their families. Mental health services for our returning veterans should be one of the highest priorities, but the reality is that these services aren’t always easy to access. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a valuable resource that can make a…

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Meet the Clinicians: Audrey Terry

We are privileged to have the opportunity to work with many people 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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ONC Interoperability Pledge

You may have seen a recent announcement from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) showcasing healthcare technology vendors’ commitment to interoperability and information sharing. Netsmart is a long-time leader in automating and connecting behavioral health and social services communities and their acute and primary care partners; and over the last 18 months, we’ve been investing in the same technology for post-acute providers. Our powerful Netsmart network allows more than 560,000 providers across 25,000 organizations to…

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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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