How Can a Behavioral Health EHR Help You?
by Leigh-Ann Renz, 8.15.13
Click here for a downloadable guide to what EHR can do for your practice.
What are the benefits to having a mental health practice management system?
Challenges of Paper Charting
Paper systems can be inefficient, especially as health care moves towards the ultimate goal of interoperability. On paper, providers have to grapple with many complex and changing guidelines, such as ICD-10, DSM-5, authorizations, etc. EHRs can automatically track these variables, improving client care, reducing billing denials, minimizing provider stress and increasing practice efficiency.
Benefits of Electronic Systems
EHRs can help your organization become more efficient with practice management, chart management, and internal & external communication. They can transform time-consuming processes into much easier work flows. EHRs can improve client care by:
- reducing errors
- encouraging preventative care and chronic condition management
- facilitating population-level health management
- experience financial gains through revenue cycle management
- involving clients in their own care
Factors to Consider When Moving From Paper to EHR
Data Migraton: how to move your client data from paper (or another system) into your new EHR
Training: making sure your staff is well-trained and completely comfortable with the new software and practices
Financial Considerations: ensuring the best possible revenue stream while making the transition
Security: leveraging your new EMR for maximum security and compliance
Back Up Plans & Redundancy: making sure the data is never lost or compromised!
Click here to read more, including details about how EHRs can help each of the following practice roles: provider (counselor, psychiatrist, psychologist, NP) – practice administrator – front office staff – back office staff & billing.