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Video: Big changes coming for Behavioral Health EHR

David Ballenberger with Next Step Solutions discusses the changes that are on the horizon for behavioral health EHR softwares. The need to offer actual value to the organization or practice is increasing along with the need to prove that what your software is doing, is worth being paid for. You need to prove that everything is running effectively and efficiently, and that your service is attending to the needs of your users. The best way to do this is by properly monitoring and assessing your clients.

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Topics: software mental health, Behavioral Health Care, EHR

Video: Assessing Your Behavioral Health Practice Management Software

David Ballenberger with Next Step Solutions talks about the need to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of your behavioral health practice management software. The ability to evaluate and receive feedback & data from the users of your program is important so that you can understand how effective and efficient your software operating and what you need to adjust. Behavioral health software is always evolving and it is important to attend to the needs and constantly changing demands of users. 

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Topics: software mental health, Behavioral Health Care, EHR

Video: How does Behavioral Health EHR Software create value in organizations

David Ballenberger with Next Step Solutions talks about the benefits that a behavioral health EHR software can provide your organization. Gathering data to see if goals are being met, how much certain things are costing your organization, and also looking at the long term growth of your organization. Make sure that your software is creating value for your users, the best way to know is to gather data and assesments. 

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Topics: software mental health, Behavioral Health Care, EHR

Video: Things You Need to Consider When Purchasing Software

David Ballenberger with Next Step Solutions tells us that before purchasing software you need to consider potential situations. You should be able to access your files and reports if needed and for example prove to an auditor that you have been in compliance with rules. Make sure to consider these scenarios before you decide on what software you are going to purchase. 

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Topics: software mental health, Behavioral Health Care, EHR

Video: People Tend to Compare Old Software to New Software

David Ballenberger with Next Step Solutions discusses how their is a big change that you may see in your workplace when there is a change in software. People have the mindset that the old software is not as good as the new software. But you shouldn’t be comparing it to the old software, because the newer version is quite different. The new software will be a completely new way of reporting and a new way of doing things.

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Topics: software mental health, Behavioral Health Care, EHR

Video: How the digital pen can help your behavioral health organization.

Dave Ballenberger with Next Step Solutions discusses the advantages and benefits that the digital pen and software can provide your behavioral health organization. Avoid the problems with wi-fi issues and internet connection, and automatically upload information to the client's EHR.

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Topics: software mental health, Behavioral Health Care, EHR

Video: What to look for in your billing software

Billing software is an intricate and important part of any health practice and it is something that you want to be sure you investigate extensively before purchasing. The Next Step Solutions team goes into depth about what you should look close for in your billing software.

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Topics: software mental health, Behavioral Health Care, EHR

Video: How does change to health care affect behavioral health?

How will behavioral health change if Medicare and health insurance laws change? In this video, David Ballenberger, MSW, explores why you still need behavioral health care software regardless of change to health care and insurance services.

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Topics: software mental health, Behavioral Health Care, EHR

Will your electronic health record help when you are audited?


President Obama was kind enough to keep Medicaid audits from starting at the beginning of the year. On October 1, 2016 states and providers will begin to get visits from auditors who are looking for dollars they can reclaim. A question you must ask yourself is will my electronic health record help my agency to pass the audit? As you think about it,  let me help by giving you basic tasks your EHR must be able to do:

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Topics: software mental health, Behavioral Health Care, EHR

How Behavioral EHR Improves Practices

While many of the large urban area mental health centers have adopted electronic health records (EHR) smaller providers and those in a solo practice have not adopted an EHR.  Now that the October 2014 date has passed for providers to begin using an EHR they will begin being fined.  Providers are now looking at a 15% cut in payments.  With many systems being cloud based it has reduced the cost of purchasing an EHR.

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Topics: software mental health, outcome-based treatment program, Behavioral Health Care