Clara Martin Center employees at the Netsmart Connections Conference

Netsmart Connections Conference

Key CMC staff were able to participate in the 4 day annual Netsmart Connections Conference, held this year in Washington D.C. from October 25-28th  which was attended by more than 1,000 health and human service participants from across the country. Netsmart is healthcare’s largest post-acute EHR provider, and is committed to helping health and human services providers deliver coordinated, integrated, outcomes-based services and care. Netsmart clients include mental health and addiction services agencies, health homes, psychiatric hospitals, private and group mental health practices, public health departments, social services and child and family services agencies, managed care organizations, and vital records offices.

This year’s theme of the conference, Innovating TODAY, Impacting TOMORROW, Inspiring COMMUNITY, covered various fields from Results Based Accountability, Clinical Care, Engaging Clients in Care, Integrated Care, Public Health, as well as specific EHR focused topics related to Billing, Consumer Portals, Health Information Exchanges, and ICD-10 impacts.  Specific topics attended include: Implementing Zero Suicide as a Goal for Leadership, Excellence in Mental Health Act, Consumer Directed Care: The Coming Disruption in Healthcare, Designing Efficient Workflows, Considerations When Implementing Recovery Transformation in Community Mental Health, and Using Your Data to Run Your Program Like a Business. Several other sessions attended were related to new or updated functionality within our Avatar system that enhance billing, scheduling, cash posting, clinical dashboards, clinical decision support, patient portal, and disclosure management.

On Tuesday, October 27th, the keynote address was delivered by a panel consisting of mental health advocate and former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, co-founder of One Mind for Research, Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health, and Matt Salo, executive director, National Association of Medicaid Directors.  As Rep. Kennedy shared in a call to action “The poor care of the mentally ill has negative impact throughout the public health system…We have to frame this as medical civil rights. People like myself in recovery are being discriminated against. We’re not benefiting from advances in coordinated care that our brothers and sisters with kidney disease and cancer get.”

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