After the dust has settled from HIMSS18, the numbers showed over 43,000 attendees at the conference in Las Vegas. H4 Technology was proud to be a part of the HIMSS18 Interoperability Showcase a 30,000 square foot exhibition that demonstrates the interoperability imperative for connecting health and care. H4 Technology discussed how behavioral health and social determinants of health impact population health outcomes and Value Based Care(VBC) initiatives.
We know value-based care is coming for behavioral health, but shouldn’t it be here already? I am not talking about how mental health providers are reimbursed, but rather why they are not included in the value-based contracts currently in place for Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), Medicare Shared Savings Models, or similar initiatives. How can you effect better outcomes while not accounting for the effects of anxiety and depression? Many more ACOs are recognizing this duality every day, and for the better.
A recent American College of Emergency Physician (ACEP) poll found that 87% reported that the number of patients seeking opioids has increased or stayed the same and of those patients, 57% of Emergency Room Physicians report that treatment services for opioid patients are rarely if ever available.
Healthcare organizations have a data issue. They have been inundated with electronic data systems for each and every care setting. Most hospitals we have met with operate at least