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Meet the Faces of Mental Health News Radio: Melanie Vann, Counseling and Program Director

We start with our Program Director, resident counselor, and Marketing & Advocacy Director, Melanie Vann. 

A trained behavioral health expert who’s innately intrigued by all that people come to endure during their lifetime, Melanie Vann has been working with Mental Health News Radio and everythingEHR since May 2015. Over the past year and change, her role with the MHNR team has evolved considerably, as she moved quickly from small marketing tasks to a more prominent role in show hosting and management.

Whether she’s on-air co-hosting or behind the scenes vetting guests or writing her next blog post, Melanie draws on her years in private practice as a counselor, life coach, and equine therapist to bring to light the hottest topics of behavioral health today. For more on what makes Melanie tick—and what’s to come regarding her role at MHNR—keep reading.

We ♥ the National Council for Behavioral Health

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Billed as the nation’s most effective advocate for behavioral health prevention, early intervention, science-based treatment, and recovery, the National Council for Behavioral Health wears many hats that serve one cause: mental health. Whether it’s by effecting federal change by pushing through much-needed policies on the Hill or stifling mental health stigma with science or social media, the National Council is a best friend to behavioral health providers and vendors alike—even if they don’t know it (you likely do).

Medicare Payment Reform: What Behavioral Health Providers Should Know

MACRA (1)The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (otherwise known as MACRA) was signed into law in April 2015. A few months ago, the CMS released its proposed rule for what MACRA entails. What does that mean for behavioral health providers who care for Medicare beneficiaries? Let’s break it down.

Behavioral Health EHR Must Ask Questions 2.0

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  • The research and demo process can tell you almost everything you need to know about an EHR vendor. Do you have the time and the staff to traverse this rocky road on your own?
  • If this isn’t your first rodeo with an EHR, work with vendors that have nothing to hide
  • Avoid vendors that shout out in their marketing material how honest they are, would never hold your data hostage, etc. – professionals don’t need to make these claims in their material
  • There’s a diagnosis code for this kind of behavior

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: 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.

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.

Work, An Intimate Act: Workplace Communication and EHR Adoption

Work: An Intimate Act

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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