Why Health Information Exchange is Important for EHR Use Why Health Information Exchange is Important for EHR Use Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are an integral part of today’s healthcare system. Despite initial hesitation to switch to an EHR, an overwhelming majority of organizations that have made the change cannot imagine going back to paper. EHRs improve efficiency and increase reimbursements while improving patient care. As providers become more fluent with the technology, EHRs ... Read more...

What is HL7? What is HL7? As interoperability becomes a more pressing issue for providers, EHR vendors are paying attention to the standards that work to enable seamless health data exchange. Terms used frequently are HL7 and HL7 FHIR (which is pronounced “fire”), but many providers don’t really know what these things mean. To start, what is HL7? Health Level Seven International ... Read more...

The Golden Thread: Tell a Story of the Entire Treatment Journey The Golden Thread: Tell a Story of the Entire Treatment Journey Clinicians work tirelessly to fully understand their clients. They continually agree documentation takes away from time providing care. To diagnose and treat a client properly, healthcare professionals must follow an entire client journey. A behavioral health electronic health record (EHR) should do the same. From intake to reimbursement and every encounter in between, the documentation ... Read more...

What is Interoperability? What is Interoperability?According to the 21st Century Cures Act, interoperability refers to health information technology that does three things. Firstly, it enables electronic health information to be easily exchanged. Secondly, interoperability allows authorized professionals to access, exchange and use the health information. Lastly, it does not allow for information blocking. Benefits of Interoperability The ultimate goal of interoperability, ... Read more...

North Carolina Requires Opioid E-Prescribe North Carolina Requires Opioid E-Prescribe The North Carolina Medical Board recently released a new mandate for the Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act of 2017. Starting in January, North Carolina agencies prescribing opioids and narcotics will be required to submit prescriptions electronically. This e-prescribe requirement is for targeted controlled substances, which include Schedule II and Schedule III opioids and narcotics. ... Read more...

Connecting to NC HealthConnex Connecting to NC HealthConnexMost healthcare providers who receive state funds, such as Medicaid, are required to connect to NC HealthConnex by June 1, 2020. If your agency isn’t connected in time, you may be unable to receive payments for services you provide. However, many behavioral health agencies don’t know what connecting to the health information exchange (HIE) fully ... Read more...