EHR and practice management for mental / behavioral health

Eating Disorders Resource Center

Sadly, eating disorders are a silent epidemic in our nation. Despite the unprecedented growth of eating disorders in the past 20 years, research continues to be under-funded, insurance coverage for treatment is inadequate, and cultural pressures to be thin remain pervasive. Our Eating Disorders Resource Center seeks to support those working in the field – or living with the reality – of an eating disorder.

In addition to cultural & coverage challenges to treatment, eating disorders seem to either carry more stigma and shame than other types of mental illness – or, at the opposite end of the spectrum, be dismissed as “all in the client’s head”, despite the fact that anorexia has the highest fatality rate of any mental illness.

“In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or EDNOS (Wade, Keski-Rahkonen, & Hudson, 2011).

(EDNOS is now recognized as OSFED, other specified feeding or eating disorder, per the DSM-5.)”

This means that practices treating eating disorders have both unique needs and challenges. Since many are inpatient or IOP (intensive outpatient) facilities, they need an EHR that provides the functionality vital to those specialties.

Also, eating disorders typically require treatment by an MD, NP or DO to address physical needs, complementary to behavioral health treatment. Because of this medical component, eating disorder agencies often need EHR functionality such as Lab Integration, Decision Support, and ePrescribing – and that they qualify for compliance programs such as Meaningful Use / MACRA.

This resource center includes blogs that pertain to eating disorder clinicians in these categories:

// EHR / EMR functionality + features unique to this field of mental / behavioral health (such telehealth, which has been shown to be effective for treating eating disorders)

// Compliance resources, such as guides to deciphering Meaningful Use or DSM-5 code updates

// General information about eating disorders to assist providers in delivering quality care

The PIMSY Team acknowledges that eating disorders are a silent epidemic in the US and would like to support clinicians in effectively treating it, whether or not they’re users of our program.

Resources Include

PIMSY Mental Health EHR Bed Management

With PIMSY’s EHR bed management module, you’re able to track and manage your beds & rooms, as well as other resources needed for services. Some services require the need to track and schedule beds, rooms, floors, and/or buildings. These services can range from inpatient to residential to...

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Eating Disorders + Ethnicity

Have you ever thought about the relationship between eating disorders and ethnicity? In order to point out how stereotypes affect our understanding of eating disorders, Elaheh Nozari poses the following scenario: You walk past two women on the street. Both are tiny, but one is Caucasian and the other...

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Barriers to Care: Eating Disorders

by Jerica Rossi, 6.26.18 While eating disorders (such an anorexia, bulimia nervosa and binge eating) have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, only one in ten people suffering from them will seek and receive treatment. So why aren’t more people accessing the help they need? And what can...

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5 Misconceptions About Eating Disorders

by Jerica Rossi, 5.20.18 A wide variety of biological and environmental variables contribute to the emergence of an eating disorder and often it co-occurs alongside other conditions, such as depression, obsessive compulsiveness, perfectionism or anxiety. While eating disorders are considered to be...

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New Resource Centers

by Leigh-Ann Renz, 1.9.17 We’re excited to announce that we’ve added some new resource centers to our blog: > Substance Usage > Eating Disorders > PIMSY Canada Not only will we continue to provide you with the quality content you’ve come to expect from us about each of these...

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