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Performance improvement through staff training and workforce development.

Relias Impact Blog

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Successful Integrated Care Takes a Village, Too

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According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), integrated care is defined as “the systematic coordination of general and behavioral healthcare.” Put simply, integrated care provides whole-person care in coordination with different health professionals.

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Integrated Care: Getting to Go

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The goal of integrated care is to deliver coordinated, whole-person care – with the aim of improving outcomes for patients and providers. Failing to manage complex conditions and chronically ill patients is often associated with escalating medical concerns, which can lead to increased costs and mortality. Changing the care delivery model in the U.S. is a massive undertaking though, and...

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4 Steps to Hire and Retain Your Best Nurses

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If you are feeling the burden of healthcare workforce crisis happening in the United States, you are not alone. Not only is a large portion of our healthcare workforce nearing retirement age, but our general population is aging as well, prompting an increased need for geriatric care. This, coupled with the abysmal retention rates for most nurses or client-facing support professionals may make...

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Stroke Prevention, Identification, and Treatment: Why You Need to Act FAST

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Brains need oxygen – especially considering that they use 20% of the body’s oxygen, yet only account for 2% of body weight. A stroke causes the brain to be deprived of oxygen and nutrients, due to a reduced blood supply to the brain.

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Whole Person, Whole Passion, Whole Career

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You know the old joke, which came first, the chicken or the egg? That’s how I view integrated care and my career. While the integrated care label may be dominating headlines — with providers across the continuum talking about treating the “whole person” — I think that my career has targeted an integrated approach from day one.

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11 Book Recommendations for Hiring and Inspiring Great Behavior Analysts

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Great leaders know how to hire and inspire great people. No one knows better than a behavior analyst how complicated people are and how important it is to create the right environment and stimuli for people to achieve their best. Through my more than 20 years of experience leading people, I have learned about 3 specific areas that can make a difference.  First, it’s important to have good...

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5 Keys to Navigating a Value-Based World as a Small or Rural Hospital

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Value-based reimbursement is not new for healthcare. With more and more payments tied to performance and outcomes, Medicare is proposing that 90% of their reimbursements will be tied in some way to quality by the end of this year.

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Integrated Care: Why Is It More Important Now for Healthcare Organizations to Improve?

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This blog was first posted in November 2017. We are reposting an updated version here in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month.

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Data-Rich, Information-Poor Health Care Providers

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In 1994, P. Forte and the Centre for Health Planning and Management at Keele University stated that despite “vast quantities of data [being collected] daily,” data from “areas which focus on…the planning, management or service delivery functions” was “neither directly useful nor immediately accessible to provide supporting information.” The report goes on, claiming that “issues of capacity...

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13 Reasons Why: They Are Talking (Again), and We Should Be, Too

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Author’s Note: In the blog post that follows, we discussed the Netflix show, “13 Reasons Why,” and the impact it had on children and adolescents. There is some controversy among experts in the behavioral health and education fields who work with children, youth, and families. Netflix recently announced the release date of season two (end of May 2018), and this has triggered another round of...

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