Medical assistants are magnificent at multitasking. Medical assistants have records for patients. They also scan and file reports. They take notes of why the patient is visiting the doctor’s office. In addition, to the notes they take your blood pressure, height, weight, and temperature.
Throughout the years public health efforts have evolved in order to meet health care need of populations. Despite advances the United States continues to have high morbidity rates of individuals with chronic illness. Adding to the rates, many Americans are suffering from mental health disorders. The issue caused many research studies to focus on integrating behavioral health and primary care in order to reduce health disparities in the nation. This paper will analyze how the integration of behavioral health in primary care facilities help serve the need of our population.
Our one hundred bed hospital is in need of updating from paper charting to computerized health records. In doing this, we will meet our goal of compliance with meaningful use legislation. We assembled a team of members to assist with this task and together we have narrowed the search to two health care systems. Those two systems are EPIC and Meditech and we will now discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each, with a final recommendation for our new healthcare system.
In this paper we will explore the advantages of using this software to centralize electronic client records and human services resources. We will also explore the way the software is used to track client services and the advantages and disadvantages of this software. We will explain how the size of the organization helps determine the software package chosen as well as three possible challenges that could occur during the implementation process and how we would resolve them. Client Track is a software program used in the human services field to improve and promote good health, human and social
Patient Accounting and Practice Management systems are designed to help health care medical practices are to improve the quality of care, cut cost, reduce risk, and increase revenues. When it comes to the size of a medical practice from small, or to a large medical practice, multi-location group this will feather the system to allow in creating and maintaining a patient billing information much faster and more efficiently then it was ever before. Medical Assistants are able to enter a patient information and post any changes much faster and more accurately with the use of a simplified medical billing software that promotes physician acceptance and much greater investment protection that provides faster insurance reimbursement and to improve
“Evidence combined with the growing recognition that physical, mental, substance abuse and social challenges are interrelated-has led to calls to integrate behavioral health care into primary care services.” (Klein & Hostetter, 2014, p. 9) Behavioral health and substance abuse treatment in the primary care office is rare and in some cases non-existent. This is mostly due to no or little financial incentive or administrative advantages to integrating these services within the primary care office. Dr. Roger Kathol, M.D. president of the Cartesian Solutions Inc., believes the biggest obstacle in integrating mental health and substance abuse treatment into the primary care office is low payment from payers. Payers use separate provider networks,
This style of documentation standardizes the communication between the health care team, providing information and a sequence in which both parties know what to expect. The format allows data to be recorded in for basic categories which include Situation, Background, Assessment, and
When thinking about social work, there are different avenues that a worker can explore in this vast field. Because a social workers job is multifaceted, workers can not only integrate themselves in an already created avenue, but can also tailor a field, specifically for a need in the community. Looking at the many different fields in the area of social work, the area of Social Workers in Mental Health facilities and outpatient clinics stands out as an area of depth and interest.
The integrated behavioral health pilot program is quite new and different from other behavioral health models. Prior to the program, there was no behavioral health services located with PAMF, which is serving the needs of 97,000 patients. As primary care struggled with this, a group offered PAMF a grant and the primary care providers (PCPs) wanted a behavioral health team. PAMF formed a team and they spent a year researching behavioral health models. They then developed our current model that was adapted from many different models found in research. The purpose of the model was to improve access to quality mental health services through supporting PCPs in meeting their patient 's behavioral health needs.
Exploring the option of the patient portal, there were many benefits that would be helpful to the patient’s lifestyle including prescription refills and the patient being involved with the treatment process increasing the relationship between the patient and their physician (Medical Economics, 2015 & Advanced Data Systems Corporation [ADSC], 2011). But among these benefits there were various challenges that outweighed the good that the patient portal would do for patients and health professionals using it. Some of these challenges included advanced medical jargon and obsession of a patient record (Advanced Data Systems Corporation [ADSC], 2011). For these reasons among others listed earlier in the paper, we decided that the patient portal would not be a good fit for the funding as it could potentially cause harm to the patient’s mental health and the unexpected flaws with the system could cause a headache for the providers using it to keep up with the progress of their patients.
It handles patient scheduling with appointment notifications via email and SMS to patients. It also has compact and flexible appointment calendar which includes finding open slots to meet doctors, categories for appointment types, colors associated with appointment types and facility, repeating appointments, restricting appointment based on
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Having a single view of the patient and their treatment and recovery plan is invaluable in ascertaining which are the most and least effective tactics in treatment. The 360-degree view of the patient and the many processes supporting them is crucial for increasing the accuracy, effectiveness and performance of treatment programs over time (Blakeman, 1985). Computerized management systems are critical for organizing, analyzing and translating the massive amount of data captured on patients, treatment and recovery processes, and the use of supporting IT systems to optimize patient health and organizational provider performance (Peshek, Cubera, Gleespen, 2010). The ability to aggregate and intelligently use all available data, information, patient-based and process-generated data to deliver higher levels of quality care is possible when computerized management systems are used throughout healthcare organizations.