Behavioral Health Challenges Forecast for 2017

January 2, 2017

Behavioral health and clinical services have experienced many changes in the past few years with regard to new regulations, payment reforms and care delivery requirements. As we enter into 2017, these organizations will continue to experience intermediating and progressive changes. These types of changes mean that while the core services and products will stay the same, the activities that monetize and enable the delivery of these offerings will evolve. These activities will produce a host of challenges for BH organizations – challenges that if unaddressed, can be considered threats.

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Happy Holidays from Core Solutions

December 20, 2016

Happy Holidays & Best Wishes for a Prosperous New Year! From all of us at Core Solutions

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The Implications of MACRA and Behavioral Health

November 28, 2016

As behavioral health organizations and healthcare agencies look ahead to the next five to ten years, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) will present the biggest change – and opportunity, to traditional payment models that the healthcare landscape has experienced in decades.

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Implementing a Platform vs. Product

November 14, 2016

Now more than ever, the healthcare landscape is tempestuous. It’s experiencing a series of radical, creative, intermediating and progressive changes that are each fundamental to the trajectory of the industry. These changes include regulatory, payer relationships, care integration and educated consumers, which are not necessarily affecting the clinical services themselves, but instead the way the services are monetized and delivered through technology, such as electronic health records (EHRs).  

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Digital Download: What You Need to Know About CCBHC & the Excellence in Mental Health Act

October 31, 2016

The Protecting Access to Medicare Act includes a demonstration program based on the Excellence in Mental Health Act which aims to increase Americans’ access to community mental health and substance use treatment services while improving Medicaid reimbursement for these services. The legislation includes criteria for the establishment of federally Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) with a goal to improve the quality of mental health care for all Americans.

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Throwing in the Towel: How to Know It’s Time to Switch EHR Vendors

October 17, 2016

Is your healthcare organization in a committed relationship with an electronic health record (EHR) vendor? With more than 600 EHR vendors in the marketplace – how can your organization be sure that it has partnered with the best possible vendor? Chances are, if you’ve sought information on other vendors or the process to switch vendors – a strategic choice that takes a lot of manpower, time and dollars – then there is likely something missing. Perhaps you’ve noticed that your organization’s priorities have once again fallen by your vendor’s wayside or that there are constant glitches and fixes to your enterprise-wide software.  

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Why “Interoperability” Is Not Just a Buzzword

October 3, 2016

Among the hottest topics in healthcare and technology today is the concept of interoperability – and we are ready to boldly make the case that it is not just a buzzword, but rather a progressive movement in healthcare information technology (HIT) worldwide. The essence of interoperability set forth in layman’s terms by Scott Wallace, JD, MBA, is simply, “personal health information, entered into a system once, becomes available to patients wherever they are and whenever they need it.” Today, the mandate for electronic health records (EHRs) is the driving force behind this concept, helping to advance population health and information management to achieve improved outcomes across the healthcare ecosystem.

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Upcoming Webinar: Optimize Your Revenue Cycle

September 19, 2016

Register now for our upcoming webinar with Open Minds: Optimize Your Revenue Cycle: 3 Steps to Streamline Your Approach for Success in a Value-Based Environment

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Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA): What You Need to Know

September 6, 2016

Today’s unfortunate reality that overdoses from heroin, prescription drugs and opioid pain relievers have surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States last year has fortunately amassed enough attention that the first standalone legislation to address our nation’s addiction crisis has finally been enacted.

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Webinar Summary: MIPS, APMs and MACRA…Oh My!

August 22, 2016

During our latest webinar with Open Minds, “MIPS and APMs and MACRA…Oh My!,” we discussed how President Obama’s recently signed Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) will affect healthcare agencies and how Electronic Health Records (EHRs) can help prepare organizations for MACRA implementation. Additionally, we discussed the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) to convey how these Medicare payment changes will help transform the flawed previous payment structure by providing a new framework for quality care.

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