Integrating Care: Moving Beyond Interoperability to True Collaboration, Part IV

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We’re nearing our destination! In this blog series over the past several weeks we’ve identified the importance of integration and collaboration as expressed through the impacts of severe mental illness (SMI). We’ve seen the practical use of applications like referral process automation. We’ve examined how standards-based transaction and data elements can provide visibility across systems into a patient’s well-being. In short, we have facilitated communication and the collection of massive amounts of powerful information about individuals and entire populations. So, what’s still lacking? Two words – expansion and context.

Let me explain.

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Integrating Care: Moving Beyond Interoperability to True Collaboration, Part III

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We began traveling down the road to integration and collaboration by noting the importance of this journey; severe mental illness (SMI) impacts both lifespan and quality of life. In addition, fragmented care drives higher costs. Along the way we’ve been witnesses to the practical use of applications including referral process automation, integration with Acute Care Organizations (ACOs), and synchronized systems across Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCS). But any successful journey involves looking not only at the road directly in front of us but the landscape on the horizon. In this case the landscape we must look to is one marked by technology that can move us beyond just basic information sharing.

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Netsmart: SAMHSA Makes Progress with 42 CFR Part 2 Final Rule; More Still Needed

As the leading knowledge and technology partner for human services providers nationwide, Netsmart provides expertise, technology, and healthcare connectivity and integration solutions that help addiction treatment, behavioral health and other human services providers deliver effective, outcomes-based services and care to more than 25 million persons nationwide. Netsmart clients include 500,000 users in 24,000 in provider organizations across all 50 states.  Netsmart applauds the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for its efforts to update and modernize privacy regulations related to the confidentiality of alcohol and substance use treatment records. In developing the Final Rule, SAMHSA faced the significant challenge of balancing statutory limitations and guardrails with the need to address the varying interests of persons with a history of diagnosis, treatment or referral for substance use disorders (SUD) who wish to consent to disclose their medical records to their treating providers, share some of that information, or opt out of such disclosure.

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Integrating Care: Moving Beyond Interoperability to True Collaboration, Part II

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Building the vehicle which will take us beyond interoperability to full integration is a complex task. But, as we saw in the first blog post in this series, there’s ample proof that the need is great – longevity is threatened without integration, quality of life is diminished and costs are needlessly driven higher. So, what does integration look like in practice? Continue reading Integrating Care: Moving Beyond Interoperability to True Collaboration, Part II

Integrating Care: Moving Beyond Interoperability to True Collaboration, Part I

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It’s something every traveler knows — you can’t get to where you want to be if you don’t know where you are. For the purposes of this blog series, our collective goal is to arrive at a place of integrated care where behavioral health and human services connect to acute and primary care, providing a single patient/provider view across the entire care continuum. We know we want to arrive at this place because we’ve seen the facts. Let’s refresh them now.

Severe mental illness (SMI) has a direct impact on lifespan. Continue reading Integrating Care: Moving Beyond Interoperability to True Collaboration, Part I