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Behavioral Health Meaningful Use: Just Who Is THE Expert?

DrFrederickDuFourWe have looked long and hard for meaningful use experts in the Behavioral Health field.  They are hard to come by.  We got lucky partnering with The Compliancy Group.  They are THE HIPAA experts when it comes to the mental health field but where could we find someone with the proper credentials for Meaningful Use?  It was going to take someone special and, finally, we found him.

Last month we welcomed Dr. Frederick DuFour to the everythingEHR team.  We are proud to share his knowledge and expertise with our providers and the Behavioral Health EHR vendors we support.

Dr. DuFour will be hosting a series of Webinars for The Samaritan Institute, our supported EHR vendors, and everythingEHR on Meaningful Use and the specific and unique constraints on Behavioral Health providers.

The Fundamentals of Mental Health Service Evaluation Webinars

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The Samaritan Institute has partnered with Advantage Consulting, LLC and everythingEHR to provide a series of FREE webinars, The Fundamentals of Mental Health Service Evaluation.

Session One: Treatment Goal Setting

Overview: The interactive webinar will introduce a three prong evaluation model for mental health service organizations. We will discuss the core elements of successful evaluation programs and focus on the development of effective and efficient treatment goal setting as the first prong of the model. The presenter will discuss how to balance client centered goal setting with the need for consistency and rigor in establishing measurable goals.

How Academic Institutions Benefit from Adopting Behavioral Health EHRs

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Academic institutions that offer programs for psychiatry and psychology students need to invest in behavioral health EHR software.  They want to offer their students the best software tools as well as the opportunity to step into the workforce ahead of their peers.  With training in sophisticated software applications these future leaders in behavioral health are better equipped to focus on patient care because they can capitalize on the growing trend to incorporate electronic health records (EHR) into clinical operations.

Many private practices in both the mental health and medical fields have made the transition from paper filing to EHR technology in recent years.  According to the American Psychological Association (APA) health care providers are able to tap into long-term cost savings that enhance office efficiency and make it easier to collect more accurate patient information.  But more importantly, EHRs enable communication across practice settings and facilitate interaction among healthcare professionals.  

Welcome Dr. Frederick DuFour to everythingEHR

FredLecturePlease join us in welcoming Frederick DuFour, PhD. as the Clinical Advisor for everythingEHR. Dr. DuFour has implemented the clinical and administrative workflow utilizing electronic health record software for multiple mental health and substance abuse agencies. He continues to serve as Adjunct Assistant Professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University and teaches Evidence-Based Medicine with the clerkship programs at the SUNY Clinical Campus in Binghamton.

Learn more about Dr. DuFour on Mental Health News Radio!

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Fred served for eight years as Executive Director of The Family & Children’s Society in Binghamton, New York. He served as chief administrator of a non-for-profit human services agency that provides a number of specialized counseling and home care services in Broome and Tioga Counties. (www.familycs.org). These programs included a Home Care Aide Service, Family Homes for the Elderly, In Home Mental Health, Elder Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, Mental Health Clinic, Sexual Abuse Program, School Based Counseling, and Health Homes.

Behavioral Health: Ask the Experts

Electronic Health Records for Behavioral Health

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Kristin Walker - 2013 - Portrait - b&w aKristin Walker is the CEO of everythingEHR, a behavioral and women’s health advocacy firm. She has been working within the healthcare field for more than two decades. Her clients have included Dell, Assurant Healthcare, The Samaritan Institute, John F. Kennedy University (the doctoral program for clinical psychology), multiple public and community mental health agencies, as well as, electronic health record software vendors. Her consultative practice has been an eye-opening experience; what she learned has helped thousands of providers and organizations choose software and billing solutions that lead the behavioral and women’s healthcare industry.

Kristin is sought out by investment firms looking to fund behavioral health EHRs, EHR vendors, ancillary product vendors and by healthcare organizations looking to make the right choices when it comes to technology and revenue cycle management. She works with leading EHR software so that providers have choices between best, best, and best. Deserving EHR vendors look to her organization for sales, marketing, and business development strategies, as well as, partnership opportunities with her other clientele.  She is an invited speaker for multiple organizations regarding EHR technology for behavioral and women’s healthcare.

Kristin is also the Host of Mental Health News Radio and has interviewed guests from all over the world from healthcare providers to technology companies to volunteers and advocates working on behalf of Behavioral Wellness Awareness, Animal Assisted Therapy, Narcissistic Abuse Awareness, and more.  Her show has been airing since 2014 and garners over 3,000 listeners per episode.  

Kristin is currently writing a book, The Narcissist CEO, based on her 20+ years of experience working with business owners and is one of the original members of an advocacy group run by clinicians, criminologists, law enforcement, attorneys, and educators. This group is spearheading the need to make narcissistic/sociopathic/psychopathic abuse and the effects on survivors a part of mandatory curriculum for anyone working within the behavioral healthcare field.  

Finally, and in her spare time, she works with her two therapy dogs side by side with mental health professionals advocating on the use of animal assisted therapy.  For an example of how she works with providers and patients please review her blog article here and visit her therapy dog website here.

Please visit her LinkedIn profile for a short list of the clients she has worked with including their testimonials.

HIPAA and Security Webinar for Behavioral Health Providers

 HIPAA and Security Webinar for Behavioral Health Providers

Instructor: Roy Huggins, LPC of Person-Centered Tech

Moderator: Kristin Walker, everythingEHR

Offering by: The Samaritan Institute

If you missed the live webinar here is your opportunity to watch this invaluable presentation.

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 Click HERE to watch the video

Behavioral Health HIPAA and The Fundamentals of Mental Health Service Evaluation Webinars

Samaritan Institute LogoAs part of our commitment to The Samaritan Institute we have asked our colleagues to host a series of webinars designed specifically for behavioral health providers.  

 Samaritan Network Webinar Offerings

 The Samaritan Institute has partnered with Advantage Consulting, LLC, everythingEHR, and Roy Huggins of Person-Centered Tech to provide FREE webinars to the Samaritan Network on topics related to HIPAA and Technology, Fundamentals of Mental Health Service Evaluation, as well as Electronic Health Record Systems.

The first offering, “HIPAA and Security” will be held on Monday, December 15; with more to come in early 2015, including a four part series related to “Planning and Implementing Clinical Outcome Measures Activities.” While you are encouraged to attend the live sessions in order to participate in the question and answer dialogue, the webinars will also be recorded for viewing as your schedule allows. Ongoing consultation in these areas continues to be available to Centers as needed.   Kristin Walker of everythingEHR will be moderating all of the sessions below.

Animal-Assisted Therapy: What’s all the Bark About?

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Our therapy dogs, Myles and Buddy, were very busy the month of November. They were asked to take part in a course given by NCTide on the importance of using animals during behavioral health therapy. Led by Jill Queen, the president of NCTide, Kristin Walker, therapy dog handler, and Barbara Love, mental health counselor.  Kristin also presented 2 additional sessions on what is trending next in behavioral health technology.

nctideWe decided to make this course experiential. We had about thirty participants join and had them sit in a large circle. Myles and Buddy sat in the middle of the circle with Barbara Love and Kristin Walker. Thankfully someone remembered to bring a lint roller! All we saw were a sea of black pant legs begging to be covered in hair.  

Welcome Juliann Schaeffer to everythingEHR

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Juliann Schaeffer is a freelance health writer and editor based outside of Allentown, Pennsylvania. Shortly after graduating with a bachelor of art’s degree in professional writing, Julie joined the team at Great Valley Publishing, where she climbed the editorial ranks for the next six years. During her time at Great Valley, Julie worked closely on a number of medical and health publications, namely For The Record, a national newsmagazine for health information professionals. Since turning her full attention to a freelance career two years ago, Julie continues to write for For The Record, on topics as varied as dictation, meaningful use, natural language processing, and all things EHR. Whether she’s writing for physicians, patients, healthcare companies, or the greater public, on navigating the latest health regulations or the EHR industry as a whole, Julie pairs her knowledge and affinity for science with a wordsmith skill set to ensure content that strikes the perfect balance of sources, science, and style.

Ahead of the Curve: Anticipating the Excellence in Mental Health Act

curve“Excellence in Mental Health” can mean a number of things, but in healthcare, the phrase signifies momentous changes coming down the pipeline.  And with a proposed 1.5 million people soon to be enabled in finding access to care, my anticipation is that this is going to significantly impact practices’ need for effective EHR technology.

The bipartisan 2014 Excellence in Mental Health Act outlines criteria for practices to become Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers (CCBHC). Once certified, centers are eligible for grants awarded to re-construct facilities and expand programs.

The change is exciting. Legislation hopes to assist providers in overcoming barriers between people and services, and points to technology to achieve this aim. Outlined within the Act are steep expectations for practices. And – in large part – it’s up to technology to help realize these standards. And EHR’s as well as providers will need to be ready for this.

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