OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (December 19, 2018)—Ohio’s Hospice, a partnership of eight Ohio not-for-profit, community-based hospices, has partnered with Netsmart to extend an enterprise-wide technology platform to all its members in a move that will allow providers to securely and seamlessly share information with other health care providers.

“Their ability to scale with our planned growth, proven connectivity and expertise in regulatory requirements will empower our staff to access information that can impact care outcomes and give us the ability to easily report results that will impact our bottom line,” said Ohio’s Hospice CEO Kent Anderson via press release.

Analytics capabilities offered through Netsmart’s hospice clinical quality dashboard will allow Ohio’s Hospice to easily manage hospice quality reporting, success of referral relationships and response to treatment, according to the company. 

“Hospice and home health organizations now have to prove they are a quality referral partner and one of the ways to successfully do that is through technology,” said Netsmart CEO Mike Valentine. “Ohio’s Hospice is an innovative group of providers that see the value in working together to eliminate barriers to deploying the technology that will help their business thrive in value-based payment models. They have a significant growth road map and this enterprise technology will allow them to onboard new organizations in a matter of weeks.”

Instead of manually pulling analytics reports, Ohio’s Hospice will be able to utilize analytic capabilities in the EHR to analyze reimbursement and identify ways to optimize how the staff are using the system. Having this capability built directly into the workflow will eliminate administrative burdens from clinical staff so they can spend more time providing care, according to Netsmart.

Ohio’s Hospice is an affiliation of mission-driven, not-for-profit hospices in Ohio. The affiliates of Ohio’s Hospice currently serve more than 9,100 patients annually and more than 1,700 patients each day throughout 37 Ohio counties. Ohio’s Hospice employs more than 1,200 staff. 

Person-centered care requires hospice organizations to share and access information seamlessly with community providers in settings such as acute and primary care. Connections through the Netsmart network and the Carequality interoperability framework will also allow Ohio’s Hospice to connect with the rest of health care, assisting providers in making fully-informed care decisions. 

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