NASHVILLE, Tenn. — March 4, 2019
Five leading behavioral health and human services organizations today announced a strategic partnership with Qualifacts, a leading provider of electronic health records (EHR) for behavioral health and human services organizations, to support healthier Alaskans.
AK Child & Family, Assets, Inc., Denali Family Services, Akeela and SeaView Community Services are forming the Alaska Behavioral Health Collaborative, to share operational and clinical best practices and leverage innovative technology to support their agencies. By collaborating together and leveraging strategies that help the collective agencies support managed care and value-based contracting, the group aims to support their long-term presence in the region and support Alaskans in need.
Similar to many other states across the nation, Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services Division of Behavioral Health, which manages and distributes Medicaid reimbursement, is shifting from the traditional fee-for-service approach towards a more progressive managed care model. This change is expected to improve the reach and quality of mental health and addiction services for residents of Alaska, and improve their health and well-being.
As the state continues its significant shift in how care is paid for and delivered, Alaska behavioral health providers and human services agencies need efficient, clinically rich and easy-to-use tools to meet managed care and state requirements for documenting services.
“Behavioral health reform in Alaska means that we need an integrated EHR to navigate it,” said Christine Sheehan, Seaview Community Service’s Executive Director. “We’re looking to CareLogic to support us in increasing our quality of care so our clients are healthier and happier — that’s the number one thing — and in enhancing employee satisfaction when people who work here see how efficiently they can get things done.”
“We saw in Qualifacts the advantage of already having a strong presence in the state, and we saw in CareLogic an EHR that can tie together treatment and claims,” said Lisa Green, Finance Director for Assets, Inc. “We can serve our populations and manage documentation and billing in a very integrated manner with CareLogic.”
“The value of what we see in CareLogic is how clear, simple, and powerful it is, and how its functionality is tied together, from clinical documentation to claims and billing, so that we can get clean claims out the door faster with all the signed documentation required, with objective data to help us better serve each kid,” said Bruce Hilton, Denali Family Services CFO. “We can use the CareLogic Schedule and Calendar tools to fill time that could otherwise go empty, which allows us to expand services.”
The shift from fee-for-service to managed care is an enormous change for Alaska. The state’s behavioral health system is evolving to be more integrated and comprehensive. To keep up with these changes, agencies need an integrated, advanced electronic health record platform.
Agencies within the Alaska Behavioral Health Collaborative are working together to leverage the CareLogic EHR platform to meet and exceed the new reimbursement model requirements and continue to invest in the mental wellness of Alaskan residents.
“Qualifacts and the CareLogic EHR platform are uniquely positioned to support the Alaska Behavioral Health Collaborative,” said Todd Charest, Qualifacts Chief Product Officer. “Qualifacts customers in Alaska are already on the road toward the data-driven decision-making that managed care requires. CareLogic offers a single, integrated solution for managing clinical, financial, and operational information. The system’s unique capabilities support customizable documentation, dynamic forms, and workflows that adapt to each agency needs.”
About Qualifacts Systems, Inc.
Qualifacts® is one of the most trusted technology providers of Electronic Health Records (EHR) for behavioral health and human services organizations. Qualifacts’ EHR technology and services simplify the increasing complexities facing these providers, enabling them to quickly adapt to the accelerating pace of change. As a strategic partner, Qualifacts and its EHR platform, CareLogic®, helps customers focus on what is most important – client care – by optimizing efficiency and productivity while also keeping them ahead of the ever-changing regulatory landscape to maximize reimbursements. For more information, visit www.qualifacts.com.
About AK Child & Family
AK Child & Family has been providing services to youth and families since 1890 when it first began as the Jesse Lee Home. The organization has grown and evolved to meet the needs of Alaska’s children and families. Through the 1970s and 80s, programs were developed to assist children and teens with severe emotional and behavioral challenges. In 1990, the organization was accredited by the Joint Commission on Health Care and has maintained accreditation since then. AK Child & Family’s continuum of care includes community, home and school-based services, outpatient mental health services, case management, therapeutic foster care, psychiatric residential treatment and onsite special needs Anchorage School District classrooms. Core Values: “We provide therapeutically sound, cost-effective services with treatment decisions driven by the needs of students and families in a safe and nurturing environment that promotes growth.
About Assets, Inc.
For nearly 40 years Assets Inc. has been providing opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities and/or severe mental illness to experience the work, home and social lives they envision for themselves.
About Denali Family Services
Founded in 1995, Denali Family Services provides trauma-focused, wrap-around community behavioral health care to children and families in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley. Services include psychotherapy, psychological evaluation, psychiatric care, school and community-based rehabilitation, intensive case management, and therapeutic foster care.
Akeela has provided substance use treatment in Alaska since 1974. The family of services has grown from a small Alaska nonprofit to a statewide provider of comprehensive behavioral healthcare services. Core Values: Treat each person with dignity and respect. Make a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities. Continually improve—forever. Adapt, overcome, improvise.
SeaView Community Services’ Mission: “To provide community-based services that strengthen families, foster self-sufficiency and enhance quality of life.”