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It was an absolute pleasure to attend the 7th Annual Developmental Disabilities Public Policy Conference in Sacramento hosted by The Arc and UCP of California March 2nd and 3rd, and I am not just saying this because I traded 15 degree snowy Rochester for 67 degree partly cloudy Sacramento!
We have a saying around MediSked that goes:
"We don't have patience for software that calls people patients."
Too often we see provider agencies evaluating medical or clinical software to implement as their agency wide solution for electronic records. In almost every case, a provider that implements a clinical EHR to manage their electronic records, workflows, and billing is regretting that choice later on. You don't provide medical services, or in some cases, even behavorial health services, so why look at software that is certified for managing those types of services? You shouldn't and here's 4 reasons why.
1. The Right Fit
EMRs are not designed for the unique requirements of a Provider Agency. Instead they are for more medical agencies, like your physician’s office, and not for an agency that provides direct supports. Most EMRs are off the shelf, which means that they are intended to be used as-is, without a lot of modifications. A typical Provider Agency would have to make many modifications based on their unique workflows and demands.
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We recently published our latest e-report, entitled "The Top 6 Myths Regarding Software for Human Service Agencies." In this e-report, we review the most commonly held "myths" that we hear from provider agencies across the country around human services software. While this is not to say that providers' fears around purchasing software aren't valid, this report aims to eliminate some falsities that exist about software for this space. I had fun putting together this report as we gathered people from different departments inside of MediSked to brainstorm the myths that are heard most often. And just like myths of Bigfoot or unicorns, the more they are passed around word of mouth, the more they spread. There's probably some myths listed that you thought were unique to your region of the country. We can tell you firsthand, most times these myths are prevelant everywhere! Below is a summary of the first three myths in the report, but I definitely encourage you to download the entire report and share it with others.
Here are the stories we are tracking at MediSked this week! Enjoy and as always if you have items you would like to see here, email the MediSked News Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here at MediSked, we really love the billing department at agencies. They remind me of an episode of Seinfeld, where Jerry's postal service carrier - neighbor Newman complains one day that the mail never stops... it just keeps coming and coming! We understand what it's like to always have claims coming and matching them up to documentation and submitting each one by hand and organizing them so when the 835s come back you know how to match them up and reconcile if necessary. The fact that you have to post to a G/L system (usually Quickbooks or Sage), bill to a different system and track service documentation by hand or with a third system! Whew!! It's not easy and your work usually doesn't get enough credit or exposure in agencies - so we say, Bravo! You do a lot! The blog today is focused around how MediSked Connect eliminates the double entry, juggling different systems and really makes your whole process much more streamlined. Here's more:
We hope everyone had a nice Presidents Day Weekend. Here is the news,the MediSked team is tracking this week. Stayed tuned for updates from the Special Olympics Polar Plunge!
http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/blog/morning_roundup/2014/02/nfmmc-home-health-program-off-to-fast.html We have all heard of the health homes program in NY, this article discusses a local lead agency, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and the success they are having with the start of the health homes program. So far, NFMMC has signed up 1,000 participants, three times their anticipated enrollment forecast. The goal of the health homes program is to coordinate health care services for individuals with mental health and/or substance abuse and chronic diseases as well as I/DD individuals living in long term care situations.
Is your agency wired for the future? Forget for a second about purchasing an agency management platform, that's not what this blog post is about. Instead, I want to focus on adding technology in home and community based services in general terms. In terms of your clients actually using technology to achieve goals and outcomes. Today, there's no getting around it - if you want to be a beacon in your community for DD services you're going to have to step into the 21st century and invest in technology and have staff that understand how to use the latest and greatest gadgets. Here are some areas that you can incorporate into your services:
Check out the latest stories making headlines this week in our world!