A Netsmart Blog

Meet the Clinicians: Carole Thomas

We are privileged to work with many people who have firsthand clinical experience. These talented individuals work together with our technology teams and clients to make sure we’re delivering solutions that work in the real world – not just the testing lab. With their wealth of knowledge, our clinical experts help keep our efforts aligned with the needs and goals of our clients. In this series, we spotlight individuals who have worked in clinical settings and now contribute their skills and…

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Experts in Home Health Give Thoughts and Advice for 2018 – Part I

Uncertainty is nothing new for home health providers. Since becoming a Medicare benefit in the mid-1980’s, the only constant was change. The past year featured more uncertainty than normal, as 2017 saw a number of challenges arise for home health providers, both from a regulatory and business climate perspective. Much of the year was spent in anticipation of the finalization of the HHGM while providers simultaneously prepared to meet the new Conditions of Participation. Meanwhile, the public reporting of data…

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Recruiting and Retaining Staff for Success

There’s a growing demand for skilled clinicians and caregivers across the entirety of healthcare as our population ages and requires more services. Organizations are in fierce competition with each other not only for hiring, but also for retaining the most qualified professionals in the field. In order to be successful, organizations need to evaluate their teams to determine if they have the right players on the roster and work on steps to keep them satisfied and content enough to stick…

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Netsmart Talks Post-Acute Legislative and Policy Advocacy with Home Care and Long-Term Care Associations

Fast-evolving convergence in healthcare was the common theme of recent Netsmart public policy advocacy meetings with key national home care and long-term care (senior living) associations in Washington. Netsmart Executive Vice President Kevin Scalia, Industry Relations Strategist Dave Kishler and Post-acute Strategy and Solutions Team Members Teresa Craig, Jeremy Mercer and Robert Love met with five key associations representing post-acute providers: the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), LeadingAge, ElevatingHOME and…

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Meet the Clinicians: Bill King

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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Calm During the Storm: Serving Clients During an Emergency

Near the end of August 2017, a tropical storm was brewing in the Atlantic Ocean. That storm, known as Hurricane Irma, was on a course headed toward Florida after making its way into the Gulf of Mexico. As is with any typical hurricane news coverage, you never really know until the actual day it hits. But, we knew she was headed toward us at Operation PAR and we had to determine how to best serve our clients during this weather…

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People With Addiction Issues Should Be Able to Control Their Own Health Data

In case you missed it, our own Executive Vice President Kevin Scalia and The Kennedy Forum Founder Patrick J. Kennedy were featured in The Hill over the weekend. Together, they collaborate on why it is important and fair to give individuals with a history of substance use equal control over their health information as those with other conditions. Click here to read the full article.

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Exploring the True Value of an EHR

When I joined Arizona State Hospital as their CEO in May 2015, we already had an electronic health record (EHR) system in place, but it was old and dilapidated – unable to accept any updates or changes. We needed to upgrade our system in order to have the capacity to continue to grow and adapt to industry requirements. While our team was hesitant to take on this huge challenge, we soon realized that to stay aligned with requirements and achieve…

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One Organization’s Journey to Whole-person Care: Landis Communities

Ensuring that an individual’s needs are met across various areas of care can be complex and overwhelming, but with correct tools in place, organizations can achieve whole-person care and do it well. Facilitating interoperability between care providers is key and necessitates the need for investing in the right technology to make it happen. Eva Bering is vice president of operations at Landis Communities, a five-star, full service, live-at-home facility in Lititz, Penn. It offers a 114-acre continuing care retirement community…

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Connecting Whole-Families: The Bair Foundation

Successful child and family service organizations understand that adopting the right technology is essential to achieving positive outcomes for the families they serve. From storing and retrieving client data to executing service plans, providers need access to tools that help simplify and streamline workflows.  These powerful capabilities allow providers to focus on delivering the best care and service possible. Our longtime partners, The Bair Foundation, incorporated the Netsmart child and family platform seven years ago to meet their goal of…

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