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What are health care software certifications and why do they matter?

Certification is required for any health care organization that accepts Medicare or Medicaid and meets the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) qualifications. Health care providers who utilize certified software and report data from their practice can receive reimbursements from the federal government. These can amount to a significant reimbursement. If a practice does not have certified software and cannot report data back to the government, there is a penalty of 1% per year on those reimbursements, which can also be significant. To learn more about EHR incentives visit: https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/index.html Add both a carrot (reimbursements) and a stick (penalty) and you can see why using certified software in your health care practice is essential. Read More

Topics: Accreditation

CARF and Long Term Care Accreditation

CARF accredits person-centered residential care facilities of many types. Person-centered long term care communities, such as nursing homes or long term care homes and may include free standing homes, homes that are part of continuums of care, or homes that are part of health systems.  Person-centered long term care communities are residential programs that provide nursing and other services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Programs may offer long term services, short term services, or both to address a variety of needs.

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Integration of Mental Health in Quality Assurance

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has reported that the American health care delivery system is in need of fundamental changes.  Healthcare today, too frequently and routinely, fails to deliver its potential benefits.  The IOM has identified areas where change could improve quality.

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Topics: Accreditation

Compliance in the Age of Electronic Medical Records

Behavioral health care providers must become more aware of the increased scrutiny over claims and conduct themselves with an increased focus on compliance.  Medicare, Medicaid and other third party payers encourage providers to use electronic medical records as a tool to improve clinical documentation and the quality of patient care.  However, certain compliance issues can be heightened with the use of electronic medical records.

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Using Accreditation Now to Obtain and Maintain CARF Accreditation

The core function of the CARF Accreditation standards is performance improvement. 

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What is CARF?

CARF accredited service providers meet the highest national and international standards for quality, such as using qualified electronic medical records that enhance the quality of services. 

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Demonstrating value in human services: do good research

Providers of human services must become more aware of research and developing research projects to demonstrate the value of their services.  As it relates to human services, the question must be asked: what is good research?  All research is different.  When developing research for human services there are some factors common to all good pieces of research:

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How to pass CARF accreditation

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Topics: Accreditation