CARA's back. Can it succeed without EHRs?

Comprehensive addiction treatment may have limited impact without health IT support

Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) are committed to improving mental health care, regardless of how many times they have to try.

Sponsors of 2014 legislation extending Meaningful Use financial incentives to behavioral health hospitals, the legislators also recently reintroduced the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) from last year’s legislative session.

At a high level, CARA provides funding for addiction treatment at the state and local levels and develops best practices in pain management and the prescribing of pain medication.

Can CARA work without robust IT systems? Perhaps, but probably with paper-based limitations.

With Medsphere’s OpenVista EHR in place to rapidly and easily exchange patient data, Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut, is ready to maximize CARA now. OpenVista has eliminated transcription errors at Silver Hill, and the OpenVista Multi-disciplinary Treatment Plan enables Silver Hill clinicians to communicate and treat patients as a coordinated team.

Plus, Silver Hill can pay for OpenVista from the operating budget through Medsphere’s subscription service agreement.

Visit Behavioral Healthcare to read more about CARA.

Learn more about Medsphere and OpenVista.

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