Golden Gate Bridge Survivor Kevin Hines: “Suicide the Ripple Effect”

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Remarkable Health recently partnered with Kevin Hines to help produce “Suicide the Ripple Effect”, a feature length documentary film, currently in production. The film focuses on the devastating effects of suicide and the tremendous positive ripple effects of advocacy, inspiration and action that are helping millions of people find the hope needed to stay alive.

The film takes you on a journey with Kevin, who at age 19, attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Kevin is now one of the Golden Gate Bridge survivors. Today, Kevin still battles many extreme symptoms of bipolar disorder, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming a world-renowned mental health advocate, motivational speaker and author who has helped thousands of people choose life. We are excited to help Kevin spread a message of hope, recovery, and wellness as he visits some of the people who have been impacted by his suicide attempt.

Please join us in this mission to help insure this film and its inspirational message of hope reaches its full potential and is seen around the globe by those who need hope the most. You can help by sharing this post with your social networks.

Check out the trailer here

Remarkable Health Named One Of Arizona’s Best Companies For Work-Life Balance

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Between implementing health and wellness initiatives and building fun cultures that promote flexibility, several stellar organizations among the 100 Best Arizona Companies work extra hard to keep their people happy. Meet some of the best companies for work-life balance — including American Express, Remarkable Health, Henry+Horne, meltmedia, Ryan, Longboard Asset Management, Shutterfly, USAA, Vanguard, and Workiva.

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Steps to a Successful EHR Implementation

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Whether you are replacing paper records or replacing an existing EHR system, the process of transitioning to a behavioral health EHR platform requires significant preparation.

The following steps will help you plan your specific goals and understand the overall impact, easing the transition process and increasing your chance of success.

  1. What are your goals?

Establishing key goals for EHR implementation should be one of the first things you should document. Goals should be measurable, realistic, and include timelines for completion.

Example goals to include:

  • Identify inefficiencies in your current workflow processes
  • Improving revenue cycle, clinical and productivity metrics
  • Providing better access to data across providers and programs.

Key goals should be dynamic. Be prepared to modify your goals as you learn more about your workflows in the next step and how an EHR solution will mesh with or change them.

  1. Is your agency ready for a transition?

The first step is to document your administrative, clinical, and financial workflows. You need to understand how you currently do things to determine where there are areas for improvement and how they may change after EHR implementation.

Are there any technical literacy gaps that require training outside of using the EHR system?

Finally, consider additional financial costs like staffing changes, updates needed to hardware, and a loss of productivity while employees become proficient with the new EHR solution.

  1. Who will be part of your core implementation team?

Designated leadership can make or break your EHR implementation process. Your team should include clinicians, staff, and management of all levels and from all roles.

Your implementation team must have the authority to make decisions concerning the transition process. Also, assign a champion to lead the team. You want someone who can engage others and create excitement around your new EHR solution.

Finally, appoint someone willing to be the point person during and after implementation to answer questions and help others through the transition.

Your EHR provider should also provide a key contact to help you undertake the transition.

  1. Who will be your EHR vendor?

Now you need to search for prospective EHR providers. Your planning in the above steps provides guidance on what to look for in preferred vendors.

A behavioral health EHR vendor supplies a configured platform designed to take your agency’s workflows and optimize them in a way that functions within the EHR system. Part of selecting an EHR vendor is determining whether they will provide the security necessary for your protected health information, so it’s important to look for a certified vendor.

Finally, it’s important to find a vendor that values relationships. You want a vendor that will guide you through implementation and support you like a business partner after go-live. Without this type of business partnership, it’s likely you will have a failed implementation.

Conclusion

While these four steps summarize a successful EHR implementation, planning the details before selecting an EHR vendor puts you on the path to success. Agencies are more likely to experience a smoother implementation and better outcomes when they take the time to plan accordingly.

Where to find more information

Remarkable Health’s comprehensive best practice guide, Behavioral Health EHR Implementation Roadmap, shows you how to create a roadmap for a successful implementation. Download your free copy of the guide today.

The Remarkable Health difference

Remarkable Health offers an implementation methodology that puts your agency first. Our goal is to ensure you have remarkable experiences throughout each stage of your relationship with us.

When you engage with our implementation team expect formal project plans for each program we set up and establish. Once your organization is ready, our extensive training process helps your staff and clinicians become efficient users of CT|One from well before your go-live date.

And once you go live with the system, we are here to provide assistance through any hiccups or roadblocks encountered with the process, serving as a trusted advisor for your organization.

Request a demo of CT|One today to experience the difference a powerful fully integrated behavioral health EHR platform can make in your client care and agency goals.

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Best Practices: EHR Implementation Process

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You are investing significant time, money, and resources to ensure the success of your behavioral health EHR implementation. Failure is not an option.

The following best practices will help you plan and manage your electronic health records (EHR) implementation process to ensure its success:

Set goals

Before you purchase an EHR, set clear, achievable goals for after your new EHR solution goes live. Goals for your new system may include:

✓       Universal usage of the new EHR system.

✓       Improving clinical document management.

✓       Providing better access to data across the entire organization.

✓       Improving workflows from client-intake to claims submission and payment.

✓       Improving revenue cycle, clinical, and productivity metrics.

Once you have goals in place, create benchmarks for each one.

Prepare your plan

Create a thorough implementation roadmap beginning with a workflow analysis. Take the time to document each step in your workflows and analyze for improvements.

Determine the training necessary for every user. Training plans may vary by user access, so it is important to conduct a thorough review and align training to job function.

When migrating data from an existing system to the new  EHR solution, make sure to backup all data first. A contingency plan will help you think through how to adapt if problems occur during migration.

Manage change

Change is easier when you have a great implementation team comprising clinicians and staff at all levels to champion your new EHR solution and engage others in the process.

Part of managing change is providing clear, transparent communication about each phase of the implementation. Ready your organization and ensure all parties are on the same page of what the objectives are. Give clinicians, staff, and others enough information to form a visual picture of what is changing, why the change is necessary, and the steps necessary to make it happen.

Your implementation team must also manage the vendor/agency relationship. Make sure individuals feel their concerns and ideas are heard, and the EHR vendor responds in a clear and concise manner.

Finally, change means a cultural shift in your agency. Pay particular attention to staff and clinician’s reactions to make sure they’re engaged and on board with your new culture of change.

During implementation

Take this opportunity to analyze your workflows against the EHR’s functionality and make any changes necessary to optimize the use of your new system. Matching your workflows to your new EHR will help mitigate any setbacks once you go live.

After your go-live date

Once your new EHR solution goes live, monitor how employees are using the system. Assign a point person willing to coordinate requests/changes between users and the vendor.

Conclusion

Best practices are time-tested strategies on which you can rely. The best practices included above will point you in the right direction to achieve a successful EHR implementation.

If you’d like more information, Remarkable Health has a comprehensive guide titled Behavioral Health EHR Implementation Roadmap (link) that offers sound advice for a successful EHR implementation.

Download your free copy today.

The Remarkable Health difference

Remarkable Health’s CT|One is a fully integrated behavioral health EHR solution offering practice management best practices through operational functionality and reporting.

Our implementation program puts your agency in control. With a CT|One implementation you get:

  • ✓ A formal project plan for each program we set up and establish.
  • ✓ Timelines and expectations.
  • ✓ A project manager and project team dedicated to your implementation.
  • ✓ Onsite and remote training capabilities.
  • ✓ System setup and configuration.
  • ✓ Walk-throughs and documentation to help train in real-time and as you onboard new users.

Request a demo today to discover the power of an EHR solution designed specifically for behavioral health agencies.

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Medication Compliance in Mental Health

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The HIPAA Privacy Rule ensures clients’ privacy rights and protections regarding their health information. Nevertheless, the Privacy Rule recognizes when health information may need to be shared to make sure clients receive the best treatment and to ensure the health and safety of the client or others.

Sharing information related to mental health

HIPAA permits mental healthcare providers to share protected behavioral health information in the following instances.

  • Communicate with a client’s family members, friends, or other responsible parties directly involved in the client’s care. You should get the client’s written consent first, if possible.
  • Communicate with family when the client is a dependent adult or a minor.
  • Consider the client’s capacity to agree or object to sharing information. Per HIPAA, this could include when a client is “unconscious, experiencing temporary psychosis, or is intoxicated and cannot agree or object.”
  • Involve family members, friends, or other responsible parties when clients fail to adhere to medication.
  • Listen to family members about clients receiving mental health treatment.
  • Communicate with family members, law enforcement, or others if the client poses a “serious and imminent threat of harm to self or others.”
  • Communicate with law enforcement about the release of a client brought in for an emergency psychiatric hold.

Restrictions

HIPAA Privacy Rule allows disclosure of mental health information for treatment in the above situations and other purposes with appropriate protections.

  • Disclose only the minimal amount of information necessary for the intended purpose.
  • Psychotherapy notes get heightened protection by the Privacy Rule, which restricts them from release.
  • There may be federal regulations governing alcohol and drug abuse confidentiality, and state laws may offer more stringent protections.

Conclusion

If you’re faced with a medication compliance situation with a client, you may communicate with family members or other responsible parties about the compliance issues. This can help you guide your client towards medication compliance and a better outcome for treatment.

On the other hand, only divulge the minimum amount of information required. Be cognizant of both the Privacy Rule and the restrictions on protected mental health information.

The Remarkable Health difference

Remarkable Health’s flagship platform, CT|One, offers a fully integrated behavioral health EHR platform that offers medication compliance and safeguards to help you properly treat your clients with minimal risk.

CT|One has a drug/drug and allergy interaction alert that activates if a known interaction exists. It alerts the user as well as provides information on the specific interaction and the resource from which it came. The interaction alert recognizes minor, moderate, and severe levels, and you can configure it to suppress alerts.

Contact Remarkable Health today to request a demo of this powerful EHR platform. See for yourself how CT|One can help you accurately and safely treat your clients and increase medication compliance.

Remarkable Health Recognized as “The Best of Future: Companies To Watch In The Years Ahead”

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Remarkable Health is proud to be recognized as one of “The Best of Future: Companies To Watch In The Years Ahead” by BestCompaniesAZ as part of their 15th anniversary serving Arizona’s business community. This category of “Best of Future” honors companies that demonstrate great potential for growth and representing a new era of businesses in Arizona.

“Great companies are the product of amazing people,” said Peter Flick, CEO of Remarkable Health. “We have created a culture that celebrates having fun while achieving operational excellence, which has brought and continues to draw in great talent. Being listed as one of the 100 Best companies in Arizona is a huge honor and proves that what we are doing works. We are building something special in Phoenix.”

Remarkable Health’s core values are centered on people and culture. We understand that our associates make this company Remarkable and we continue to invest in them to build a best-in-class organization. We’re excited about the team we’re building, the future of our company, and how we can serve the behavioral health industry.

Check out Remarkable Health in the latest article by BestCompaniesAZ: https://bestcompaniesaz.com/introducing-the-best-of-future-companies-to-watch-in-the-years-ahead/

About Remarkable Health:

Remarkable Health (formerly ClaimTrak) is a leading Provider Success Software company focused on the Behavioral Health and Human Services community. For the last 25 years, our software has enabled hundreds of health care providers to improve more lives by spending less time in front of a screen and more time helping their clients. Our flagship product, CT|One, is a complete hosted Electronic Health Record (EHR) – Clinical, Billing, Scheduling, Medication Management / e-Prescribing, Reporting, etc. – for inpatient, outpatient and residential settings.

About BestCompaniesAZ:

BestCompaniesAZ is a consulting firm dedicated to identifying, developing and promoting great workplaces.  BestCompaniesAZ has been at the forefront of building sought-after employer brands and prestigious workplace awards programs since 2002, including the “2003 Best Companies to Work for in the Valley” program (published by the Phoenix Business Journal), Arizona Most Admired Companies (published by AZ Business Magazine and BestCompaniesAZ), and Top Companies to Work for in Arizona (published by azcentral and Republic Media).  BestCompaniesAZ provides consulting services for organizations committed to workplace excellence, including employee surveys, best practices, national and local public relations, employer branding, culture development and promotional services. For more information, visit http://www.bestcompaniesaz.com or phone 480-545-5151.

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Trends in Revenue Cycle Management Solutions for 2017

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Behavioral health providers are increasingly seeking ways to improve processes and implement technologies to help them better manage their finances and improve both clients’ and their outcomes. Here are 5 revenue cycle management trends to pay attention to in 2017.

  1. Technology investments

While many behavioral health agencies have implemented an EHR system, they may find their current one doesn’t provide everything they need. A fully integrated behavioral health EHR solution has revenue cycle management solutions that are of particular focus because they accelerate the overall revenue cycle by streamlining process.

Existing and new regulations increase the demand for an integrated solution and in doing so limit the choice of technology vendors that have the capability to integrate a variety of functions needed. Behavioral health agencies need solutions that mesh processes like payments, claims submissions, patient documentation, and overall client care.

  1. Waste reduction

A fully integrated behavioral health EHR system will reduce the denial rate of claims, billing staff time spent on reconciliations, and your overall revenue cycle management function from hours—and sometimes days—to minutes. Through automation and operational efficiencies, your revenue cycle management process becomes more efficient, letting you focus on optimizing and strengthening your workflows to provide better cash flow and improved revenues.

Also, more accurate and efficient processes lead to less time wasted on time-consuming administrative work and more time focused on client care, leading to improved client engagement and better outcomes.

  1. Achieve efficiencies

Achieving operational efficiencies, coupled with reducing waste, can significantly impact your bottom line. From reducing wasted effort and time, to increasing time and effort spent on optimizing cash flow and revenue, streamlined processes result in a substantial boost.

Automation with a behavioral health EHR platform provides access to instant billing and increased revenue collections, including checks in place for accuracy and compliance. An EHR can automatically identify incorrect coding and signature requirements, cutting down on staff time needed to track and correct claims.

  1. Client satisfaction

Increasing client engagement leads to better client satisfaction. Automated reminders via text, email, and/or phone can help clients easily keep track of their appointments. Offering clients the option to choose their preferred method of communication keeps reminders less intrusive and more relevant.

Many behavioral health agencies are turning to a fully integrated behavioral health EHR system that provides information in one place to track and manage clients’ progress. This helps you gain a full view of client interaction, making for more satisfied clients.

  1. Business intelligence

Data from a fully integrated EHR platform provides insight into every area of your organization. You can track treatment plans and outcomes, staff productivity, and revenue cycle management metrics. Each of these key performance indicators can be used to comply with state requirements, ensuring clients meet their goals and the agency is maximizing cash flow.

Since you can only change what you measure, you can leverage data insights you gain from current revenue cycles into actionable revenue cycle management improvements. This will have a direct effect on your cash flow and revenue.

Conclusion

These five trends are top of list for most behavioral health agencies in 2017 because they can have a significant impact not only on operations, but also on your revenue cycle metrics.

Most importantly, however, is finding the right behavioral health EHR platform that fully integrates the complete life cycle of a client in one single system. All information contained in one place makes for impressive efficiencies, reduced waste, and better client service, satisfaction, and outcomes.

The Remarkable Health difference

Remarkable Health’s CT|One is a fully integrated behavioral health EHR system designed to improve client care, create efficiencies that increase cashflow and improve revenue cycle management, and automate functions so your clinicians spend more time on client care and less time on the computer.

Request a demo today to discover the power of an EHR solution designed specifically for behavioral health providers.

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EHR Billing and Revenue Management Best Practices

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Behavioral health billing and revenue cycle management are complex because the client care process is markedly different from a medical provider. This results in behavioral health agencies trying to find a balance between adequate client treatment plans and a billing plan that’s in line with insurance companies’ policies and procedures.

The following best practices can help you streamline your billing process and optimize your revenue cycle, resulting in significantly improved billing metrics.

  • Start the billing process at intake by capturing every client’s insurance information before their appointment. Make sure you know the insurance carrier’s policies and procedures for submitting claims and getting paid.
  • Have timelines in place to streamline the billing process. For example, designate when staff should write client care notes, when to check for appropriate signatures, and when to perform the claims review process.
  • Prevent and manage your claim denials. Check daily for errors in claims before they’re submitted and fix and resubmit denied claims immediately. An EHR platform with a revenue cycle management solution can help automate this process for you.
  • Make sure everyone knows their role in the billing process. Scheduling staff need to confirm insurance eligibility and collect co-payments, clinicians need to document accurately so the system can pull the right code, and management needs to track key performance indictors to ensure your agency is on track.
  • Track and measure everything. Focus on days in receivables, percentage of receivables over 120 days, and managing spikes in cash flow. A fully automated EHR system offers all of these key metric reports and more.

Implementing these EHR billing and revenue management best practices helps you not only scrutinize your entire billing process and improve it, but also leads to a more consistent cash flow and increased revenue. Finally, a fully integrated behavioral health EHR platform incorporates these best practices and helps you automate your workflows for improved operations and efficiencies.

When you optimize every part of your billing and revenue management processes, your agency will become more profitable.

The Remarkable Health difference

Remarkable Health’s CT|One is a fully integrated behavioral health EHR system designed to create efficiencies and improve workflows that result in increased cashflow and improved revenue cycle management. CT|One automates functions so your clinicians spend more time on client care and less time on the computer.

Request a demo today to discover the power of an EHR solution designed specifically for behavioral health providers.

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What to Consider When Thinking About Investing in a New Behavioral Health EHR System

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You may be tempted to focus solely on the expense of investing in a new behavioral health EHR system, but that would cover only half of the equation—you need to consider the potential ROI that a fully integrated EHR platform can provide.

Preparing a budget is only one step in planning for the switch to a new EHR system. While there are a few things to take into consideration for budgeting appropriately, you should also estimate your potential ROI as part of the financial analysis.

Specifically, look at efficiencies gained in the following areas:

Clinician caseload management.

Automating some of the notation work necessary to complete a case file allows clinicians more time to take on new clients.

Operational efficiencies.

Automating administrative processes through effective technology allows your staff to focus on strategic initiatives rather than menial tasks.

Billing reimbursements.

Automatically generating bills submitted to payers decreases the likelihood of clerical error and results in quicker payment.

Where to Go For More Information

Remarkable Health put together an interesting resource titled Switching EHR Systems? How to Choose the Right EHR Provider you can download for free. In this comprehensive, step-by-step guide, it touches on estimating your potential ROI as you prepare your budget.

Download your copy here.

Preparing for Your Behavioral Health Agency’s EHR Implementation: What You Need to Do to Be Ready

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In order for your organization to achieve EHR meaningful use and to initiate new models of care, you’ll need to change how clinicians and staff do their work. Managing this part of the process is called change management, and a lot of research has gone into its study and how to achieve success.

Your behavioral health EHR system is subject to failure if you don’t first deal with the changes in how people and your organization work. Because change creates uncertainty, you need to create a culture of change that helps people realize and face their fear of loss and their resistance to change.

When you help your staff and clinicians believe that the changes brought about by an EHR implementation are not only in their best interest, but are the best way to provide excellent client care, you’ll position the implementation to be successful.

How do you create a culture of change?

Here are the key areas you need to focus on to help people understand and accept the need for new models of care when implementing an EHR solution, which also helps your organization attain EHR meaningful use:

  • All employee involvement. Your staff and clinicians must all be involved in the process of examining the policies, procedures, and workflows that govern how you do business. This is how you gain buy-in to make the changes necessary to implement your new EHR system.
  • Designate a leadership team. A team comprised of management and staff should champion the changes to come. They will need to be in close communication with staff and clinicians to ensure everyone is on board with the changes happening and help them acclimate to the new way of doing business.
  • Changes implemented by staff. Changes to your workflows and business model can’t be made in a vacuum. The staff should be the ones to implement necessary changes because they are the experts who can understand what needs to happen to move the practice forward.
  • Run a pilot program. The leadership team can run a pilot test of the workflow changes and listen to the staff recommendations for adjustments. Your staff will know the best solutions to help you properly implement an EHR system.
  • Recognize innovative solutions. Rewards and affirmations should be made when someone comes up with an innovative way of making changes that moves your practice towards a successful implementation and attaining EHR meaningful use. Also encourage and reward efforts at continuous quality improvements so that a culture of change is the new norm.

Manage the internal and external forces at work.

Whether you’re implementing a first-time EHR system or switching to a fully integrated EHR solution, you’ll need to manage the internal and external forces at work to achieve success.

Internal forces are those that drive your practice and staff to provide better client care and to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.

External forces might be the need to meet state and federal regulations or the need to grow your practice to accommodate new clients.

Use your new EHR solution to manage both the external forces and internal forces that are creating a culture of change. Technology and the right change management plan can help you make the changes needed to implement your new EHR platform and attain meaningful use.

Where to Get More Information

Remarkable Health created a new resource for organizations just like yours to guide you through planning, researching, evaluating, and selecting the best vendor with an EHR solution that meets your client care and operational needs.

You can download this important resource, titled Switching EHR Systems? How to Choose the Right EHR Provider, for free here.