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Making the Big Behavioral Health EHR Switch: Care and Counseling Center of Georgia

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What is a Community Mental Health organization to do when it is time to make the switch from one Behavioral Health EHR to another?

They start planning.

They outline what isn’t working about their current system and plan out their goals for transitioning to a new EHR that can better handle their needs. Sometimes the first jump into an electronic health record system is successful only in that it transitions the agency off a paper-based system and educates the staff about what kinds of features they want in a new system.

The Battle of Behavioral Health EHRs: Should We Cringe or Laugh?

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Oh the travails of Behavioral Health EHR vendors! Sometimes they are cringe worthy from what is appropriate marketing material to how slow and outdated a product actually is and how that impacts a mental health agency. 

We do love technology and so appreciate the vendors that service behavioral health with integrity, innovation, maturity, and best-in-class products and services. 

Today we interview our CEO, Kristin Walker.  She has a lot to say about electronic health record vendors and revenue cycle management companies that service Behavioral Health. It’s no-holds-barred as usual and we’ll discuss just who has access to patient mental health records from Revenue Cycle Management organizations to Electronic Health Record vendors. We’ll shine a spotlight on why this is important to agencies and providers. 

She also answers questions from our listeners about what she does, why she does it, and why her radio show and Behavioral Health are her passions.

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What Does Consultancy in Behavioral Healthcare Mean to Us?

 The Nuts and Bolts of Consultancy in Behavioral Healthcare

Why You Need Us—and How We Can Help

The healthcare system as a whole is a complex compilation of providers, insurers, administrators, and vendors. And although the end goal is always to better the health of patients, healthcare is also a business. That business part of healthcare, just as with any venture that involves dollar signs, brings out the best in some, the worst in others. We see it as our job—our passion—to help organizations wade through the behavioral health market to match the best products with the right providers to ensure the best care. And as we’ve found, much of that work involves finding the right people.

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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Tools for tomorrow’s workplace today

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.  

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.

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.

Work, An Intimate Act: Workplace Communication and EHR Adoption

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Intimacy, the workplace, and EHR adoption…it reads like a joke. The kind that uses the bizarre coupling of concepts and leads to the punchline, “…so the duck says, “Put it on my bill.””

Yet, as a caregiver committed to organizational fitness I believe that a broader view of population health is where we are headed. And now that the ACA is actively defining ‘workplace wellness’, there has never been a more perfect time to explore the relational overlap of work, intimacy, and EHR adoption.

Talking about personal interactions at work implies a relatively new demand being placed on the work environment; one for sustainability that refers to personal as well as professional systems. Not that ‘relations’ haven’t always been a part of management concerns. But with the continued lengthening of work hours and decline in job security – stressors not softened by social supports like paid family leave and universal child care – interpersonal dynamics often associated with private life are making the scary leap into the workplace. And as leaders promoting the bandwidth for this conversation, it may feel risky at times – but probably not as much as we fear.

Our Founder: Kristin Sunanta Walker

kristin-06f2cdfd87Kristin Walker has been working within the health care field for more than two decades. She started out in medical billing for an Urgent Care center in Southern California. Then she worked as the Financial Manager for a dental practice in Oklahoma. She quickly became the go-to person on staff for any software issues. During her time working in the dental industry she was hired by a practice management firm to help private practices with the business side of their organizations. This experience launched her career as an industry consultant. Kristin also deepened her skills in the database software world and began working with many different organizations—from small businesses to Fortune 1000 companies, to set up in-house software to organize and run their corporate communications, sales, and marketing.  

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