A Netsmart Blog

House Bill Proposes Pilot Program with Incentives for Use of EHRs and Care Coordination

For decades, human services providers have received significantly lower levels of funding and reimbursement rates vs. their primary/acute care counterparts. This lack of parity is exacerbated by the substantial increase in demand for services placed on behavioral health and addiction treatment providers, largely driven by the broad-based impact of the nationwide opioid crisis. Netsmart’s mantra, “cause connected, passionate about opportunity and obligation,” extends to advocacy on behalf of our clients for funding at the federal level. We have long advocated…

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Welcome to the Netsmart Family, DeVero!

Today we made an exciting announcement about our expanding Netsmart family with the acquisition of DeVero. DeVero is a healthcare technology company that specializes in home healthcare and hospice. This addition further advances and expands our home care offering and enhances our technology platform for the post-acute community. We’ve always had a strong ongoing commitment to provide our clients with leading-edge clinical and business solutions specifically designed for their unique communities. The addition of DeVero to our family provides our…

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Embracing Technology for Effective Care Strategy

Part I As care provider roles evolve across the healthcare continuum, the post-acute realm is finding itself playing a more strategic role than ever before. The need for post-acute care facilities is growing. Formerly independent facilities are joining forces with integrated healthcare systems to help provide seamless transitions of care. In fact, a common theme across care segments is that they are diverting away from a traditional care path and becoming more strategic in addressing the holistic needs of an…

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Growing and Harvesting Results with Automated Eligibility Verification

You’re heading to the Saturday farmers’ market where you can’t wait to purchase your favorite fruits and vegetables. Vendors only accept cash for purchases so you’ll need to stop by the bank first. Your bank isn’t nearby so you go to the closest ATM on the way to the market.  You put your card in the ATM and in a matter of moments, you have cash in hand from a bank that you don’t typically do business with. The integrated…

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Passion and Vision for the Future: The Legacy of Neal Patterson

I wanted to take a minute to discuss something important. As many of you are probably aware, the CEO of Cerner, Neal Patterson, passed away this last weekend from complications of his ongoing cancer treatment. For those that don’t know, Neal founded Cerner in the late 1970’s and has been its CEO ever since. Neal was a pioneer for the healthcare information technology and electronic medical records industry. He was the first to declare that an “enterprise platform” was required to solve…

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Breaking Through the “Radio Silence”

Have you ever carried a secret that became an increasingly heavy burden? The irony is that secrecy often keeps those battling mental illness from finding the relief they so desperately need. Reporter Kevin Patrick discovered that truth when he began having panic attacks in the midst of an otherwise successful career. He would have never guessed that a highly respected colleague he was working alongside was living in a parallel existence that both would only learn about much later.

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Focus on Outcomes: Moving to Value-Based Healthcare

It’s Friday night, and you’re heading to a delicious dinner with friends. You order your favorite entrée, and the chef did not disappoint. Your server brings you your bill, and you notice a long receipt listing a price for each item used to create your meal. A few dollars for the plate, silverware, and glass, another few dollars for each pot and pan. Then you’re charged for the food. Would you go out to dinner as often knowing you had…

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Meet the Clinicians: Andrew Mersman

With 1,300 associates across the country, we are privileged to have many clinicians in the Netsmart ranks. These experienced individuals work hand-in-hand with our technology teams to make sure we’re delivering solutions that work in real-life … not just the testing lab. These associates 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 associates who have worked in the field, and now call Netsmart home.   Andrew Mersman…

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Time Is Now On Your Side with Electronic Billing

Before the time of paperless statements and electronic billing, we would spend a sunny Saturday morning sipping coffee and paying bills – credit card, medical, mortgage… too many to count! It would take hours away from our leisurely time to sort statements, write checks and mail them. We would hold our breath hoping that they’re delivered with no problems. Now we can pay our personal bills in a matter of minutes thanks to the introduction of electronic bill pay and…

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Interoperability: It’s Time to Get in the Game

It’s the bottom of the ninth and your team is down two to one. Your organization is up to bat with two strikes and runners on second and third. Baseball is a game of strategy and it’s up to your organization to be able to read the pitches being thrown to you so you can hit a home run for each and every patient under your care. So, how are you going to prepare to knock it out of the…

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