Inside Behavioral Health: Behavioral Health Terms You Should Know Part 1 Inside Behavioral Health: Behavioral Health Terms You Should Know Part 1 In the world of mental and behavioral health services, there are many terms that get used. Sometimes there is confusion around those words and how they are used. While this list is by no means comprehensive, it covers some behavioral health terms that can be confusing to both consumers and providers. In addition, because there ... Read more...

Mental Health Awareness for more than a Month Mental Health Awareness for more than a Month May just came to a close, which means Mental Health Awareness Month is also ending. But that doesn’t mean the communication should stop. Or even slow down, for that matter. Mental Health Awareness month has been observed in May since 1949. It’s outreach has touched millions of people through media, local events and screenings. Mental ... Read more...

6 Ways to Optimize Your EHR 6 Ways to Optimize Your EHR Whether you are moving from paper, a hybrid system or an existing EHR, now is the time to think about how to optimize your EHR. It’s not an easy task. It has a lot of moving parts. But, putting this effort in before you search for an EHR vendor and implement a system is key ... Read more...

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...

CMS and ONC Propose New Rules for Interoperability CMS and ONC Propose New Rules for Interoperability The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently proposed new rules to support seamless and secure access, exchange, and use of electronic health information (EHI). The rules were issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The intention of ... 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...