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...

Transitioning from SSNs to New Medicare Identifier Numbers and Cards Transitioning from SSNs to New Medicare Identifier Numbers and Cards The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has removed Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards. Previously, each Medicaid recipient had a Social Security Number (SSN)-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN). New Medicare identifier numbers replace the previous SSN-based numbers. Since April 2019, each Medicare member has been issued a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier ... Read more...

What is the NC HIE? What is the NC HIE?North Carolina behavioral health providers are buzzing about the statewide mandate to connect to the health information exchange (HIE) – NC HealthConnex. But, many are unclear as to what exactly it is and what they need to do. What is NC HealthConnex? NC HealthConnex is the state-designated health information exchange. It’s designed to link various health systems ... Read more...