Mental Health News Radio

Discussing Mental Illness in the Workplace: An Interview with Gabe Howard

hp-why-hire-gabe-engagingTalking about mental health in the workplace is a tricky maneuver. Unlike diabetes, you can’t just walk up to someone and point out they might be sick.  Sadly, there are many reasons for this, such as the stigma in the workplace, denial, or fear of discrimination. Listen to Gabe’s interview with Kristin Walker on Blog Talk Radio.

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Lack of education plays a factor, as well. The average person thinks of a mentally ill person as violent, psychotic, uncontrollable, scary, catatonic, rambling nonsense, etc. In short, they see people as stereotypically crazy. The person suffering from mental illness may also think this way. Since they probably aren’t showing those types of symptoms at work, they are likely to think you are insulting them.


More For Your Practice with Dr. David Lischner of Vālant Behavioral Health EHR

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Dr. David Lischner, CEO and spokesperson of Vālant, an EHR that serves Behavioral Healthcare professionals and practices, discusses his SaaS EHR and how it uniquely benefits behavioral healthcare providers. Dr. Lischner is a practicing psychiatrist, co-founder and CEO of the Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle, a 25+ provider group practice. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Washington, David completed his internship at the University of Pennsylvania and then returned to the University of Washington for specialty training in psychiatry.

Electronic Health Record systems for Behavioral Health Medical Practices are a special niche. Dr. David Lischner talks about what his company offers the behavioral healthcare provider that is looking for an EHR that meets their needs. David is CEO of and spokesperson for Valant, an EHR software solution designed by and for behavioral healthcare professionals.  

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To download the podcast and listen to the show visit us on Blog Talk Radio.

Enjoy our show with Dr. Alvin McKlean of John F. Kennedy University whose chosen EHR for the Doctoral Psychology program was Valant Behavioral Health EHR.

Have questions for our guest?  Please email us!  

 

 

Behavioral Health EHRs: What is the Cloud?

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We are asked on a daily basis which EHR a behavioral health provider should choose to run their organizations. Buzz words are thrown around like “cloud-based” and “web-access”.  While it is true that the technology world is going the way of all things in the cloud, what exactly is the cloud?  

When a software company tells you they are “in the cloud” what does that mean exactly? How do you know your data isn’t sitting on one or two dusty servers somewhere with your patient data being backed up to a less than secure source in someone’s office? Who has access to this patient data? How often are passwords changed and updated on these servers? Are these servers all in the same location or spread around the country?

 

With a stable and financially secure behavioral health EHR vendor it means your data is:

  • Hosted on multiple servers in multiple states
  • Backed up to secure sources
  • Set up so that if your EHR goes down you are back up and running immediately with minimal to zero data loss (meaning your data lives and breathes on more than one server)

Behavioral Health EHR Demo Trickery: An Interview with Kristin Walker

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Confused by which Behavioral Health electronic health record system you should purchase for your organization? Many sales demos are not very helpful; in fact, they are full of trickery. Join our CEO, Kristin Walker as she pulls back the curtain and reveals what’s really behind all the bells and whistles that your Behavioral Health EHR vendor is trying to persuade you to buy.

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Have further questions? Make sure you contact our team before you make that all important purchase. Having issues with your current mental health EHR?  Maybe it is time to switch.  Kristin and her team of clinical advisors can guide you through the process.

A Possible Reprieve for Behavioral Health EHR Vendors and Providers

championA possible reprieve for healthcare providers and vendors has been announced that may approve an extension of the Meaningful Use timeline.  What does this mean to our mental health providers and vendors?  

The only vendors we support are those that have already passed Meaningful Use Stage 2 Certification for 2014.  We are in full support of how this possible ruling will help our behavioral health providers and organizations.   We are also, once again, proud of our vendors that have already met 2014 requirements.  The Behavioral and Mental Health vendors we support have the funds (staying power) to meet exceedingly strict regulations without the need for this reprieve.  

This is yet another question to ask an EHR vendor.  Did they need the reprieve?  Have they passed MU2 already?  

Read the full article posted on Healthcare IT News here

Are You in a Co-Dependent Relationship with your Behavioral Health EHR?

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Heard Any of this Before? 

None of our other clients are having the issues you are having.

Our other clients have been able to figure this out.

You haven’t spent enough time training on the software.

Who can we work with at your practice that will get it?

How comfortable are you with software?

 

Helping behavioral health providers find the right electronic health records software is our business.  There are so many choices, the entire process of finding the best EHR can be daunting.  Even more of a challenge is moving from one EHR to another.  Many mental health organizations will stay on a system that did a great job of getting them off of paper, but is not robust enough to keep their practice moving forward.  

Which Behavioral Health EHR Does Your Practice Deserve?

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We were recently asked to describe the moment in our personal journey into the world of behavioral health electronic health record software and record cycle management where we stopped simply selling and became true provider advocates.  

How did this happen?  

Why did this happen?

In our research it had become apparent that the behavioral healthcare market was not likely to be the most profitable.  As a matter of fact we learned that many EHR vendors avoid serving this community entirely.  Although there may be many reasons, one obvious factor is that it’s patients may not be among the wealthiest of the patient communities.  In fact, insurance reimbursements are lower than many other segments.  Mental health advocates feel that the rules and regulations they must follow are often stringent and highly-regulated.  It is definitely a niche market. 

Is There More Funding for Mental Health Providers? Yes! The State Innovation Model Grant (SIM)

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The SIM Grant

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When our phone starts ringing off the hook with questions about additional funding for mental and behavioral health providers and organizations, we pay attention.  We have put together some information for our providers and have created our Behavioral Health EHR recommendation list for organizations applying for this funding.  It is important to make sure the EHR is right for your practice.  In one phone call we can help you determine which vendors you should be working with and those you shouldn’t.  Contact us for a complete assessment.  

The State Innovation Models Initiative will be awarding as much as $300 million to participating states and will focus on healthcare organizations that have a high number of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Is your Behavioral Health EHR’s meaningful use certification meaningful?

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There are about 2,500 electronic health record systems. There are quite a few that specialize in behavioral health and others that cover just about any specialty but may include behavioral health. As a consultant to the EHR industry I have watched endless demos and received pricing that ranges from free to a sixty thousand dollar setup fee. Salespeople are a funny breed, especially those in the EHR industry. I spent about three years selling several EHR’s myself. What I found interesting is not what a consumer will find on Software Advice or Capterra. There is a lot of demo trickery, so buyer beware.

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