Netsmart Releases White Paper: Health Homes in the Era of Accountable Care

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Educates health and human services organizations for preparation and participation in emerging healthcare delivery trend

We want to make sure our Netsmart clients have the education, tools and resources they need to take an active role in this new phase of healthcare delivery.

Netsmart, the leading provider of clinical solutions for health and human services organizations nationwide, today announced availability of a white paper, “Health Homes in the Era of Accountable Care.” The white paper is designed to educate health and human services organizations about the emergence of health homes, how they transform care delivery and how providers can prepare for health homes participation. The white paper is available for download on the Netsmart website.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provides start-up funding to help states develop innovative care coordination methods called “health homes,” where providers or teams of healthcare professionals assume responsibility for coordinating healthcare across multiple providers. A health home is a virtual construct to coordinate care for a consumer regardless of where they receive that care. In today’s era of accountable care, the concept of health homes is one of the most innovative ways of improving the quality of care with the potential to also dramatically reduce costs. Each healthcare professional participating in the health home shares their relevant information about a consumer and coordinates treatment based on all providers’ collective information.

Netsmart solutions and services provide the essentials of connectivity and integration that are key to creating or participating in a health home. Providers from across a consumer’s full continuum of care, including primary care, must connect with each other and share consumer data in a meaningful, secure way to reach the goal of healthier lives. The white paper discusses the emergence of health homes and their focus on coordinated care. Integration of primary care and behavioral health is critical, as health homes extend beyond caring for an individual’s physical health to also providing long-term community care services and support, social services and family services.

“The transition to health homes is here,” said Michael Valentine, chief executive officer, Netsmart. “Many states, such as New York, Missouri and Rhode Island have already adopted accountable care and have established behavioral healthcare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and health homes. Other states and cities are actively preparing. We want to make sure our Netsmart clients have the education, tools and resources they need to take an active role in this new phase of healthcare delivery.”

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 for active participation in health homes in order to provide outstanding care to their consumers.

To learn more about health homes, view “What It Takes To Be A Health Home: Moving Toward An Integrated Care Model," a recorded web seminar presented by Netsmart and OPEN MINDS. Additional Netsmart white papers on other current industry topics of interest to health and human services providers are available for download on the Netsmart website.

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 20,000 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 support the EveryDay Matters Foundation, which was established for organizations within the behavioral and public health communities to learn from each other and share their causes and stories. Organizations can also request grants for their cause or to help fund technology that advances the way care is delivered. For more information, visit

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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