Since the UBHC began assessing and stabilizing patients in October 2004, its staff and service volume have grown rapidly.
5% elected to receive only therapy and completed their treatment at UBHC once they were stabilized.
UBHC has demonstrated a capability to keep up with the demand for prompt access and care, and has never resorted to a waiting list.
A similar monitoring process is under way at UBHC, says Blakeslee.
Because the organization's goal is 100 percent compliance on documentation, UBHC has established monetary incentives for clinician productivity.
Training the staff at UBHC became a major challenge, recalls Haines.
As a long-term goal, UBHC plans to turn the mental health EHR integration into a statewide administrative service organization (ASO), offering hospitals and smaller behavioral health clinics a cost-effective infrastructure through which they can easily document, store and access clinical information.
Department of Veterans Affairs proven VistA EHR foundation, as well as the billing software UBHC selected for the implementation, Stockell Healthcare Systems, Inc.
In partnership with the Departments of Psychiatry at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the School of Osteopathic Medicine and The New Jersey Medical School, UBHC provides academically-based clinical programs and services throughout the state of New Jersey.
We look forward to seeing the innovations and developments that UBHC is able to contribute as it works to further enhance the VistA platform.
The behavioral health industry needs a system that can capture necessary and vital information so that quality of care and patient experiences can continue to improve -- and we at UBHC hope to contribute to those efforts.
In partnership with the Departments of Psychiatry at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, The New Jersey Medical School and the School of Osteopathic Medicine, UBHC provides academically-based clinical mental health programs and services throughout the State of New Jersey.