The Importance of EHR Technical Support for Your Entire Organization

February 13, 2017

IT personnel are likely to be the first line of defense when electronic health record (EHR) issues arise, but oftentimes they are not equipped with the information needed to solve users’ issues. When a single department “owns” your EHR system, this can leave IT scrambling to connect with multiple departments to resolve EHR issues. If your IT department needs to consistently reach out to other departments in order to aid intake staff, executives, or case managers who cannot access reports and other important information, then the department is not getting the direct EHR support they need. The latest EHR system can better connect with all of your internal teams in order to effectively approach and combat issues.

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The 3 Steps for Success in a Value-Based Environment

January 30, 2017

Value-based payment (VBP) is a strategy that more and more payers and health care providers are adopting. Under the VBP model, volume-based methodology and practices are eschewed in favor of overall value through savings and improved outcomes. However, implementing this system requires a fully optimized revenue cycle that serves as the foundation for the worth that VBP provides. This means the links between encounter reporting, scheduling systems, and billing systems need to be consolidated.

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Understanding & Overcoming Common Data Complexities

January 16, 2017

Data environments throughout the healthcare landscape are growing exponentially, evolving even before effective data collection strategies can be put in place. With new regulations and requirements mandated every year, both healthcare organizations and software vendors are challenged with developing data collection and evaluation processes that can be standardized across departments.

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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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