OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mental Health Center of Denver, a Colorado-based community behavioral health services provider has been driving care coordination between behavioral and physical health with local acute care provider Denver Health through the Carequality interoperability framework. The program positions both providers to deliver care with a person-centric approach in behavioral and primary healthcare.
Carequality promotes a common interoperability framework between participating health IT data providers, creating a seamless exchange of vital patient health information between data networks and care settings. Netsmart, a founding member and live implementer of Carequality, enables Mental Health Center of Denver to exchange behavioral health records with other providers in the care continuum, including those in primary care.
“The application of Carequality to our current Netsmart electronic health record (EHR) solution has helped to open additional doors that create the best opportunity for true integration of mental and physical healthcare,” said Wes Williams, Ph.D., vice president and chief information officer at Mental Health Center of Denver. “We are now able to exchange behavioral health data with the community-based care providers of the individuals we serve in an automated manner, while remaining compliant with current industry and federal requirements.”
Before Carequality, the healthcare industry struggled to achieve care coordination and integration due to obstacles with sharing and integrating behavioral health data with physical health data. Other attempts to facilitate behavioral health and substance use data fell short due to complex requirements and lack of scalability. With Carequality’s national framework and use of consent management, this sensitive data can now be shared and incorporated with all types of providers across the greater healthcare ecosystem.
Mental Health Center of Denver and Denver Health, who utilize an EHR from Epic Systems, have a long history of working together to connect their populations, but the Carequality framework brings a higher level of connectivity and access to patient records that wasn’t available before. Mental Health Center of Denver’s utilization of Carequality empowers both organizations to approach whole-person care more effectively by ensuring that primary care physicians at Denver Health have access to all the relevant physical and mental health data they need.
Together, both organizations provide care to thousands of individuals in the Denver area with Denver Health holding status as a Federally Qualified Health Center. Giving providers full visibility into a patient's health record allows for more comprehensive care, eliminates duplicate or unnecessary testing or procedures, improves outcomes and reduces costs.
The adoption of Carequality also aids and supports additional state programs in which Mental Health Center of Denver and Denver Health participate. Both organizations are part of Colorado’s Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC), a public health benefit program designed to provide quality care to residents. As members of the collaborative, both Mental Health Center of Denver and Denver Health not only can they provide a better quality of care, but also improve Medicaid reimbursements through the interoperability framework. Mental Health Center of Denver expects to connect further with other members of the collaborative in order to expand their footprint on improving care within the state.
“The Mental Health Center of Denver has a long history of being progressive in the way they approach integrated, whole-person care,” said Netsmart CEO Mike Valentine. “By leveraging the power of the Carequality framework with their Netsmart platform, they are taking a giant step forward in their journey to deliver the most connected care and treatment possible. Along with Denver Health, they are making a tremendous impact on the lives of the individuals they serve.”
Dr. Wes Williams of Mental Health Center of Denver will be presenting at the Sequoia Project’s Booth discussing Carequality at HIMSS18 on March 7 at 4 p.m. ET in Las Vegas.
About Mental Health Center of Denver
The Mental Health Center of Denver is a private, not-for-profit, 501 (c) (3), community mental health center, provides mental health, housing, employment, educational and substance use services to the residents of the City and County of Denver since its founding in 1989. Known nationally as a model for innovative and effective community behavioral health care, our organization is a place for recovery, resilience and well-being. Mental Health Center of Denver provided treatment, prevention, outreach and crisis services to more than 60,000 children, families and adults last year.
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