Netsmart Releases White Paper: Achieving Accountable Care Through Clinical Innovation, Care Coordination and Business Efficiency

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Document Educates and Supports Health and Human Services Organizations Through Healthcare Redesign

Our goal is to provide solutions that allow behavioral health providers to do in three years what took acute care 10 years to accomplish.

Netsmart, the leading provider of clinical solutions for health and human services organizations nationwide, today announced availability of a white paper, “Achieving Accountable Care Through Clinical Innovation, Care Coordination and Business Efficiency.” The white paper is designed to educate health and human services organizations about rapid changes in the industry and how they can prepare to evolve their clinical and operational processes to meet the challenges and opportunities of a fast-changing healthcare ecosystem. The white paper is available for download on our website.

While healthcare reform is debated and legislated, providers are challenged with improving outcomes while at the same time reducing costs. As organizations seek ways to achieve these goals, they are changing the face of healthcare across the country. The concept of accountable care -- high-quality care that improves outcomes for consumers, improves the health status of populations of consumers and lowers costs -- is at the forefront in the healthcare community. Accountable care encourages providers to find new ways to improve outcomes and provide cost-effective care to consumers.

Netsmart guides its clients through this rapidly changing healthcare environment by providing them with technology and services designed to help improve outcomes and improve efficiency. The white paper discusses the emergence of accountable care, its implications and three areas of impact and focus:

•Clinical Innovation to enable organizations to have standardized and consistent internal processes, laying the groundwork for documenting improved outcomes. Components of clinical innovation, such as electronic health records, medication management tools or clinical decision support systems, provide increased access to consumer information, clinical decision support and improved medication management via electronic health records (EHRs).

•Care Coordination to improve outcomes for providers utilizing clinical decision support and Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) to share consumer data, integrate primary care services, and coordinate and manage care plans across multiple providers.

•Business Efficiency to offer methods of streamlining business processes to make healthcare providers more efficient and reduce costs.

“Accountable care is the next critical step for both health and human services and Netsmart. It offers opportunities for mental health and primary care providers to provide integrated, coordinated care that transforms how healthcare is delivered, as well as having a widespread positive impact on outcomes,” said Michael Valentine, chief executive officer, Netsmart. “Our goal is to provide solutions that allow behavioral health providers to do in three years what took acute care 10 years to accomplish. We are using lessons learned from the digitization of primary care to shortcut the process in the behavioral health world.”

Through a unique brand of innovative technology and cutting-edge solutions and services, Netsmart is leading the way to ensure health and human services providers have the tools they need in this era of accountable care to provide outstanding care to those they serve.

About Netsmart
Netsmart helps health and human services organizations transform care through the collaborative, coordinated management and exchange of clinical data across the care spectrum and through effective practice management that improves revenue cycle management. More than 18,000 client organizations, including 350,000 care providers and more than 40 state systems, use Netsmart products to help improve the quality of life for tens of millions of people each year. Netsmart clients include mental health and substance use treatment agencies, psychiatric hospitals, private and group mental health practices, public health departments, social services and child and family health agencies, vital records offices, and managed care organizations. Netsmart’s products are full-featured information systems that operate on a variety of operating systems, hardware platforms, and mobile devices, and offer unlimited scalability.

Netsmart provides the solutions and expertise that help its clients meet all the criteria for Meaningful Use of an Electronic Health Record (EHR) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

Building upon Netsmart’s Complete ARRA-Certified EHRs, Netsmart clients can also create a complete connected care environment encompassing e-prescribing and order entry, sharing clinical information and lab results, and using Web portals to provide secure and private consumer access to care information.

Netsmart is also pleased to sponsor, an interactive, informational forum for clinicians, practitioners and consumers to share stories, celebrate successes, become enlightened and inspired, and debunk myths and stigma about mental health and public health issues in an effort to highlight the positive clinical and financial impacts provided by the behavioral and public health community.

For information about Netsmart’s full range of solutions for health and human services organizations, visit or call 1-800-472-5509. Also follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and visit us on YouTube.

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