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Why You Need to Address Your Workflows Before Implementing an EHR

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If you’re investigating EHR vendors with the hopes that an EHR software solution will help you close gaps in functionality and improve efficiencies, you may be surprised to learn you should first look at your workflows.

Your current business model and workflows may not support the rapidly changing social and legislative forces in the healthcare marketplace. If your current processes aren’t leading you to demonstrate positive outcomes for mental health treatment to help you qualify for incentives and payment, an EHR solution is probably not going to close that gap for you.

To offer holistic care that integrates all health treatments for each client, requires a holistic workflow process and software solution. And trying to force an EHR system to support ineffective workflows will only lead to a failed implementation and frustration all around.

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 the importance of addressing your workflows before implementation.

Download your copy here.

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Why a New Billing System isn’t Enough

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Oftentimes, behavioral health organizations reach out to technology providers for a new billing claims system, thinking it will help them close the gaps in functionality and improve their inefficiencies.

It isn’t until these organizations learn about a complete, integrated clinical and billing solution that they realize they need to set their sights higher.

A new billing system is like putting a bandaid on the crack in a dam. It might stop some of the escaping water in the short-term, but it won’t hold up to future pressure.

You don’t need someone to provide you billing software. You need an integrated EHR platform that can help you meet both your billing and clinical information management needs and scale for future growth and client care initiatives.

The Remarkable Health Difference

Remarkable Health has an interesting resource titled Switching EHR Systems? How to Choose the Right EHR Provider you can download for free. Inside you’ll learn how to plan for, research, and choose a behavioral health EHR provider that meets or exceeds your requirements.

Download your copy and see why a simple billing system isn’t enough to help you achieve your mission and vision.

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.

Is Your Hybrid Technology Solution Serving Your Needs?

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You’ve faced so many changes in the behavioral healthcare industry, with the Affordable Care Act and HITECH pushing for the adoption of electronic health record solutions. You think you’ve put together a technology solution that addresses all of your business needs, client care issues, and regulatory reporting requirements.

But are you sure it’s serving all of your needs?

The following points may help you answer that question.

Increased Productivity

If you find your staff and clinicians aren’t able to keep up with productivity demands and also report on outcomes with your current system, it might not be meeting all of your needs. A hybrid EHR system can actually cause you more work on the back end in trying to get systems to communicate with each other than a fully integrated EHR platform would.

Better Business Model

As a result of both the ACA and HITECH, you may have made changes to your business model in an effort to achieve compliance with meaningful use and client care initiatives. But if your current workflows don’t mesh well with your technology solution, your needs are definitely not being served. A trusted EHR solution provider can guide you through the changes necessary to take full advantage of EHR technology. This will help you build a better business model that everyone—staff and clinicians alike—can get behind.

Scalability

Is your hybrid solution holding you back from expanding your services and reaching new clients where they are in the behavioral healthcare process? Or perhaps your solution doesn’t support the complex reporting needs required by state and federal regulatory mandates. A new, fully integrated EHR platform is both scalable and offers fully-featured business intelligence tools for reporting, plus a lot more functionality like mobile capabilities for case managers working outside the office.

Your Next Steps

If any of the above points resonated with your current hybrid technology solution, there’s a comprehensive resource that will guide you step-by-step through the process of switching EHRs to a fully integrated EHR platform solution.

Remarkable Health put together a valuable resource entitled Switching EHR Systems? How to Choose the Right Provider that’s free to download. This valuable e-book covers everything from determining your functionality requirements to researching vendors and preparing an RFP.

Download your copy here and see why making the switch makes more sense than sticking with your current hybrid technology solution.

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Are You Using Word, Excel, and Access to Manage Your Agency?

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It’s not surprising to hear of behavioral health organizations that use a complicated mixture of Word, Excel, and Access files to manage their scheduling, client care, billing, and reporting requirements.

What is surprising is their response when such organizations learn about a complete, fully integrated EHR platform solution that manages the entire lifecycle of a client from intake to discharge and everything in between.

Imagine being able to complete the intake procedural steps of a new client on a single screen that captures and populates all of their personal and insurance information and then schedules an appointment with a clinician based on his or her availability.

That same system can be used to complete clinical documentation quick and effeciently. Imagine a clinician adding notes to several files at once as a result of a group session instead of hand-writing in each individual file or typing them out in Word where they are not accessible by everyone.

Now imagine your EHR system taking the information from the clinician’s notes, creating claims and submitting claims files automatically to the payer. You probably can’t do that with Word, Excel, and Access.

Finally, imagine templates of reports that let you customize the data you want to cull. You can mine your data for business intelligence, client care opportunities, or for regulatory reporting purposes because you have access to all information in one single system. You definitely don’t have that functionality with Word, Excel, and Access.

A fully integrated EHR platform offers you this functionality, plus much more. And a trusted vendor can help you make the switch to an EHR that your staff and clinicians will be happy and comfortable using, increasing efficiencies, enhancing client care, and improving your revenue cycle.

The Remarkable Health Difference

Remarkable Health has an interesting resource titled Switching EHR Systems? How to Choose the Right EHR Provider you can download for free. If switching EHR systems is something you’re interested in, this e-book lays out how to plan for, research, and evaluate the top vendors to find the system that’s right for your business critical needs.

Download your copy now and see why a fully integrated EHR solution is better than your current Microsoft technology solution.

Top 5 Features You Need in a Behavioral Health EHR System

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Do you know what to look for in a behavioral health EHR solution that will ensure the fullness of your needs are met for optimal organization success? With the proliferation of behavioral health software vendors offering solutions, it’s hard to determine what’s most important.

Here are the top 5 features you need to ensure a behavioral health EHR solution provides before you commit to a vendor.

  1. Full integration. Some vendors claim their systems are “all-in-one” solutions, but use third-party software to complete their solution. For example, billing and scheduling may be managed on different internal systems or by a third-party vendor instead of fully integrated into a complete EHR solution. A fully integrated EHR solution offers the full spectrum of care functionality on one platform. Centralized data is accessible between functional teams with everything you need to manage your business from a single dashboard. Without the full cache of features integrated into one cohesive system, you run the risk of having information in separate software programs that don’t communicate with each other.
  2. Meaningful Use (MU) and ONC-certified. The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT identifies Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies (ATCB) that ensure an EHR solution meets the definition of “certified EHR technology.” To be compliant with standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria adopted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, you should choose an EHR solution vendor who is “ONC certified”.
  3. Flexible and Scalable. Look for a solution that is flexible by providing a wide range of content serving many different types of behavioral health programs and populations and is scalable to meet your agency’s needs today and as you grow into the future. This will help you mitigate the risk that your solution will become outdated as your business grows and changes with the ever-changing healthcare environment.
  4. Reporting and Analytics Capable. To easily and effectively meet compliance and auditing requirements, a system and vendor partner offering reporting and analytics capabilities will allow you to generate comprehensive reports as needed. Not only will this help you manage the business end of your practice, but it also lets you mine the data in your system to make better client care decisions.
  5. Paperless solution. This is the goal of a successful EHR solution and one that will have a positive impact on productivity and efficiency. It creates one centralized location for all client information providing your cliincal staff access to real-time data for better care decisions, assist your administrators in making sound business decisions, support seamless billing efforts and improved reimbursements, reduce your paper footprint and free up time to focus on client care and growing your organization.

The ClaimTrak Difference

ClaimTrak’s hosted solution provides all 5 of these important features and much more. For example, our EHR platform integrates with the Health Information Exchange, allows scanning and faxing, and offers auto export functionality so you can send electronic documents to partners.

We put together a valuable resource entitled The Complete Guide to a Fully Integrated EHR for Behavioral Health that offers more in-depth detail on what to look for and how to select an EHR solution.

Download your copy here and learn how to mitigate the risk of choosing the wrong solution.

Why You Need to Upgrade Your Behavioral Health EHR Solution

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If you’re still dealing with paper records or trying to wrangle together a hybrid mixture of disparate systems, you need to consider upgrading to a fully integrated EHR solution. The cost of upgrading is offset by increased productivity, better revenue cycle management, and more importantly, improved client care.

Here are the top 3 reasons why you shouldn’t put off upgrading any longer.

All systems should “talk.”

Does this describe your current situation:

Your billing system doesn’t talk to your client care records, making it time-consuming and error-prone to submit claims for reimbursement. Or you don’t have a scheduling and documentation system that can help you proactively and consistently manage your client’s treatment.

A fully integrated system has all you need on one comprehensive platform. Billing, scheduling, intake, progress notes, treatment information, e-prescribing, and more —it all comes together in a single system to let you easily manage every aspect of client and administrative functions together. No longer is information sequestered in separate silos that aren’t accessible to everyone.

Take advantage of cutting-edge technology.

There’s a reason why technology is so important in today’s business environment. It creates new and improved processes that lead to real-time efficiencies in almost all aspects of clinical and administrative tasks.

An excellent case in point is voice transcription capabilities. Busy clinicians trying to communicate with their clients during office visits while typing notes into a system can create distractions and frustration. Cutting-edge technology allows clinicians to dictate their notes into a system and have it transcribed into text that’s readily available at a moment’s notice.

Streamline upgrades and new features.

If you’re using a hodgepodge of systems to track your administrative,billing and clinical processes, you understand the difficulty in working with multiple vendors when it’s time to add new features or push an upgrade.

Imagine the convenience of a single system that handles your workflows on both the clinical and practice management side of the house. The vendor pushes upgrades and new features through on their end, eliminating downtime and lost productivity on your end.

Final thoughts

Now imagine dealing with one vendor who provides timely responses and resolution to support your practice. This is perhaps the most important reason why it’s time to upgrade your EHR solution.

This is why ClaimTrak put together a comprehensive resource to help you wade through the process of selecting a vendor to partner with upgrading your EHR solution. Titled The Complete Guide to a Fully Integrated EHR for Behavioral Health, this information-packed e-Book gives you the insight from years of experience assisting behavioral health providers achieve marked improvements in client care and business efficiency.

Download your copy today and see how this one decision today can help your practice succeed in the future.

3 Ways an EHR Solution Can Increase Efficiency

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Switching to a fully integrated EHR solution or investing in a first-time EHR solution, offers a substantial opportunity for increased operational efficiency freeing up valuable time for client care and business improvement.

Here are 3 ways a fully integrated EHR platform can increase efficiency in your behavioral health practice.

Organization

When your data is centralized in one repository, you spend less time tracking down the information you need for administrative and reporting purposes. Your clinicians also have more information at their fingertips to determine diagnoses and treatment options.

Instead of referring to one system to manage claims submissions and using a separate system to help with scheduling, your practice is streamlined and organized on one platform around a single dashboard that lets you manage all aspects of your practice and client care.

Communication

A fully integrated EHR solution allows you to centralize your communication between care and business teams using templates for consistency in both internal and external communications.

When you need to send patient information to another healthcare provider, an EHR offers you a standard way to communicate and transmit the data needed. It also helps internal communication among clinicians and administrative staff by standardizing messages and ways to capture vital information.

Enhanced communication with labs and health plans can help you access real-time information to make better client care and business decisions. You can instantly check with health plans for covered treatment and options before deciding on a treatment plan.

Productivity

A fully integrated EHR links your practice’s workflows into one seamless system that lets you schedule appointments, perform a comprehensive intake, document progress notes, administer treatment plans, and automate billing processes to eliminate clerical error, reduce denials and time to process, and improve your reimbursement rate.

Your clinicians will have more time to spend on client care because they’ll spend less time on chart management. A fully integrated EHR solution can also provide a vehicle for researching condition-specific questions and other shortcuts to minimize the administrative time needed to manage caseloads.

Easy and wider access to client information is perhaps the most important productive feature of a fully integrated EHR solution. When you select a hosted service, you can securely access vital client information from remote locations. And since your solutions are integrated on a single platform, you’ll also be able to complete critical processes and pull data for reports from the dashboard.

Final thoughts

If you’re considering moving to a fully integrated EHR solution, ClaimTrak has an interesting resource that will help you figure out where to start when researching and deciding on an behavioral health EHR provider. This new e-Book is titled The Complete Guide to a Fully Integrated EHR Solution for Behavioral Health.

Compiled from years of successfully supporting behavioral health agencies with their EHR solution, ClaimTrak lays out what you need to look for in a preferred vendor and the 12 most important questions to ask before making your final selection.

You can download this comprehensive resource here. The insight presented in this useful e-Book can prove invaluable as you weed through the various behavioral health EHR software platforms available.

Are You Ready for a New Behavioral Health EHR Solution?

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Are you considering upgrading your current systems to a fully integrated EHR solution offering complete care functionality on a single platform? Or perhaps you’re still using paper records and spreadsheets to manage your practice and realize there must be a better way.

Here are a few questions you should ask first to see how ready you are to make the switch.

Is your staff ready for a change?

Maybe staff morale is low because everyone spends more time chasing down information and processing paperwork and less time focusing on how to help clients become healthier and more vital.

Is client care truly optimized or is your staff trying to make it through the week?

Providing excellent client care is everyone’s ultimate goal and those on the front lines of behavioral healthcare are struggling to find ways to do more with less. Not being able to fully live your organization’s mission can cause staff burnout and frustration.

How can an EHR platform can help answer those questions?

Upgrading to a fully integrated behavioral health EHR solution results in efficiencies that give clinicians and staff more time to treat clients and eliminates the need to use multiple systems or waste time digging through paper files . And a new EHR solution lets your staff leave the office and still stay connected to the practice.

Imagine the boost to morale if your staff had more time to focus on what really matters—client care. Making the decision to upgrade to a new behavioral health EHR solution is a crucial step towards helping your organization achieve those goals.

A new resource offers more information.

ClaimTrak put together a highly informative resource to help you determine if you’re ready to upgrade your EHR solution. Titled The Complete Guide to a Fully Integrated EHR for Behavioral Health, this information-dense e-Book gives you the advice gained from years assisting behavioral health providers achieve excellence in client care and overall business efficiency.

Download your copy today.