ABILITY Network and Cantata Health Simplify Revenue Cycle Management

In a new partnership reported in McKnight’s, LeadingAge Silver Partner and CAST Silver Partner with CAST Focus ABILITY Network will become Cantata Health’s preferred vendor to help customers manage multiple payers in revenue cycle management.
Through this partnership, Cantata Health will fully integrate ABILITY’s next generation, cloud-based, SaaS revenue cycle management (RCM) platform, ABILITY | EASE® All-Payer, into its NetSolutions Financials platform. As a result, customers can better manage claims across all payers for patient access, health information management, and receivables management.
ABILITY provides applications and analytics that are integral in helping with revenue cycle management, clinical management and performance improvement via a powerful, integrated cloud-based, SaaS platform. Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, ABILITY has principal offices in Boston and Tampa.
Cantata Health, of Redmond, WA, provides a proven health information technology ecosystem of advanced revenue cycle management, electronic medical record, financial, and interoperability solutions that precisely scale with the way providers work, improving without intruding.

Netsmart Acquires DeVero and Continues Post-Acute Expansion

LeadingAge CAST Supporter Netsmart has acquired DeVero, reports WFMJ, a health care technology company that specializes in home health care and hospice. Netsmart is an innovative health care technology company that provides electronic health records (EHRs), health information exchange, data analytics, mobile clinical, and consumer engagement solutions for behavioral health, social services, and post-acute communities.
The acquisition further advances the Netsmart home care offerings. Netsmart will integrate the DeVero solution into its family of home care, long-term post-acute care, and human services EHRs, as well as the Netsmart CareFabric® platform, enabling accelerated enhancements to the existing solution. DeVero is one of the fastest-growing SaaS solution in home care, serving over 57,000 users at 540 organizations with a focus on home health, hospice, and other care-at-home services.
“We’ve always had a strong ongoing commitment to providing our clients with leading-edge clinical and business solutions specifically designed for their communities,” said Netsmart CEO Mike Valentine. “The addition of DeVero to our family provides our home care clients with a full-featured, home care-specific mobile clinical solution that will add even more capabilities for integration and automation across all care settings, and offers DeVero clients access to our HIE, analytics and billing solutions, among others.”
With this acquisition, Netsmart will now serve more than 560,000 users at 25,000 organizations. The firm is based in Overland Park, KS. 

Easterseals Receives $200,000 In Assistive Technology Grants 

LeadingAge Member Easterseals has received $200,000 in assistive technology grants to promote independence for veterans and people with disabilities. The Comcast Foundation awarded the grants as part of the Comcast NBCUniversal Assistive Technology Grant Fund, which supports technology programs and services that benefit children and adults, including veterans living with developmental disabilities. 

Easterseals has allocated $80,000 in grant funds to develop a Public Service Announcement and support Make the First Five Count, a free online developmental screening tool for parents and caregivers of newborns to five-year-olds. The remaining $120,000 will be split equally across six Easterseals affiliates, including the following projects to support older adults:

  • Easterseals Massachusetts will launch an Assistive Technology On Demand pilot program for people with disabilities who do not otherwise qualify for assistive technology services. Skilled nursing facilities, acute care hospitals, and individuals can get assistive technology products on loan. These facilities are responsible for providing all assistive technology to in-house patients and often face difficult financial decisions between client care costs and technology costs.
  • Easterseals Washington will build a new Technology Achievement Center for people with disabilities in its Adult Day Center in Bellevue. The center will serve young adults with autism, seniors with dementia and other disabilities related to aging, and adults of any age with mobility or sensory issues. With heightened expectations of adult day centers to develop educational and vocational goals that help individuals achieve greater independence, the new center will impact the lives of nearly 100 people with disabilities. The ultimate goal is to replicate the program in other adult day programs throughout the state, specifically in Des Moines and Bremerton, to help twice as many people with disabilities.

Learn more about Easterseals, the grant program, and the projects it will fund.

Eldermark Software Releases Early Intervention Tool

CAST Business Associate Eldermark Software has announced a new early intervention tool for senior living, reported in McKnight’s Senior Living. With WISDOM2ACT, on-site caregivers can easily track any changes in a resident’s condition electronically, in real time, to speed and streamline interventions. 
Caregivers can record changes--in weight, eating, mobility, behavior--on a mobile device. Nurses are alerted to this data immediately, via a time-stamped alert to their email and/or a secure text message, to the electronic 24-hour report, and, if opted, to the progress notes in the resident’s e-health record. 
With this information, health care providers can intervene quickly, improving outcomes and lowering care costs. WISDOM2ACT also encourages collaboration among the entire care team, including the primary physician and other care partners.
A 60-day research project last winter helped advance-practice nursing students from the University of Minnesota identify emerging conditions leading to a transition event for delirium in senior living, allowing the providers to develop early interventions. 

K4Connect and Masonic Villages Announce Multi-Year Strategic Partnership

K4Connect, a CAST Business Associate and mission-centered technology company based in Raleigh, NC, and LeadingAge Member Masonic Villages, a premier not-for-profit senior services provider in Pennsylvania, have announced a strategic, multi-year partnership and the deployment of K4Connect's "connected-life" platform, K4Community. K4Connect creates solutions to serve and empower older adults and individuals living with disabilities.
K4Community integrates the latest in smart technologies into a single responsive platform. With a single touch, residents can control their homes; stay connected with loved ones through voice calling, video chats and photo sharing; and stay more engaged in community activities through event calendars and newsletters.
The deployment of K4Community, in stages, follows a successful pilot at Masonic Village’s Elizabethtown location, which includes nearly 2,000 residents across a 1,400 acre campus. K4Community technology will eventually reach thousands of Masonic Villages retirement living residents. During this pilot, K4Connect saw a 100% adoption rate for its home automation feature and an 88% adoption rate for its tablet application.
K4Community enables Masonic Villages to offer its residents value-added amenities while increasing revenues, lowering costs, and enabling new technologies to be continually integrated into the future.

Silversphere Adds Mobile Devices to Its Emergency Call Systems

McKnight's reported that CAST Business Associate Silversphere, which provides the ATMOS™ customized emergency call and nurse call systems, has chosen CareServ Technologies to provide mobile devices to clients.

The partnership will enable Silversphere, headquartered in Daytona Beach, FL, to send alerts directly to caregivers and to access other mobile applications.

CareServ offers end-to-end tech solutions providing Point of Care and Electronic Health Records (EHR) and is based in Atlanta, GA. For this partnership, it will manage and deliver the devices and provide technical support, which will “allow caregivers to carry fewer devices with HIPAA secure access to various applications including EMRs.”