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What is Food Insecurity?

Posted by Danielle Ritacco on Jan 28, 2016 4:14:12 PM

Over the holidays I volunteered at my daughters’ school.  While there I had the pleasure of speaking to one of the teachers.  During our conversation we talked about the many things happening in our local schools and here in the county. Out of the various topics we discussed, one hit me very hard.  This teacher told me of the growing number of children who are "food insecure."  A term I had not heard before.  I was aware that our school offered discounted, sometimes free lunches to families who needed help, but was alarmed at the number of children in need in a community that is considered to be thriving.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Child Welfare, Government, Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, FAMCare Tips and Tools

Why a New Case Management Software System Can NEVER Change Someone’s Behavior

Posted by Dave Becker on Jan 27, 2016 4:03:41 PM

When implementing new case management software - the best way to start is to take a hard look at employee behavior and identify what needs to change first.

Let me explain. 

Change is hard.  A new system brings a whole set of changes and process tweaks, for example which for some people is sometimes a slow process to adopt.

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Poverty - The Root of All Evil

Posted by George Ritacco on Jan 26, 2016 2:21:19 PM

Bernie Sanders, a hopeful Presidential contender, has a simple message for Americans; the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. As it turns out, he’s right.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News

How Do You Alleviate Double, Triple, or Even Quadruple Data Entry?

Posted by Chris Freund on Jan 21, 2016 4:31:39 PM

While working on an implementation at a customer site, I observed a caseworker in Michigan entering data into a SACWIS (State Automated Child Welfare Information System) computer system, then immediately enter the same data (plus some that SACWIS didn’t have) into the agency’s own system.

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Topics: Global Vision Technologies, Social Services Industry News, Special Reports, Technology Speak

How to Get Data Out of Your Case Management Software System

Posted by Ray Scott on Jan 20, 2016 4:55:38 PM

FAMCare makes data collection much easier and efficient.  Not only are electronic forms easy to read, the built-in workflow helps drive caseworkers in specific directions, helps them focus and keeps them productive. 

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Technology Speak

Hospice Workers Deserve our Gratitude

Posted by George Ritacco on Jan 19, 2016 4:06:06 PM

A friend of mine shared with me a personal experience that involved the loss of a friend.  I’m publishing his exact words here.  I also have a dear relative who is currently working through a debilitating illness at a hospice center.  As Frank mentions below – the professional hospice worker deserves our admiration and gratitude.  They have a tough job, however – manage to show empathy and support our loved ones – each and every day.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Elderly/Aging Long Term Care

Effective Fundraising with Little Effort

Posted by Julia Kurtz on Jan 14, 2016 4:22:44 PM

One of the most important aspects of running a nonprofit is fundraising. Without donors, how would your agency survive?

It’s important that you are excited about fundraising, that your agency is excited about fundraising, and especially that your target donors are excited about fundraising. When your agency is small, it’s hard to grab everyone’s attention because people tend to focus their attention on the big charities that they’re familiar with.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Fundraising Ideas, FAMCare Tips and Tools

Make Every Software Dollar Spent Count and Count BIG!

Posted by April Freund on Jan 13, 2016 3:51:50 PM

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As the President of a Case Management Software company I have witnessed very wonderful software implementation projects and many that struggle. 

There are various reasons but in this post I’m going to pinpoint what I think is the most common issue.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Special Reports, FAMCare Tips and Tools

Are You on a Star Trek?

Posted by George Ritacco on Jan 12, 2016 4:33:33 PM

An Entirely New Paradigm for Post-Acute Health Care Management

The managers of residential care facilities we work with everyday report that the residential care and post-acute health care industry is changing at an alarming rate. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has shifted its focus away from simply measuring volume, toward a pay-for-performance system focused on value and quality. The implications of this shift in payment processing and compliance procedures for management in post-acute care, nursing homes, and hospice facilities are vast, complex, and daunting. Managers are scrambling to measure quality outcomes, improve compliance, and emphasize the customer experience throughout their organizations.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Government, Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, Technology Speak

3 Reasons Why Agencies Should Invest in Web-based Case Management Solutions

Posted by George Ritacco on Jan 7, 2016 3:20:03 PM

The sharing of information has reached a break-neck pace.  There are no constants in how we collect and share information.  Every day, new ways to manage information are developed, found and employed by agencies.  The more sophisticated ones have embraced the latest technologies to make their agency better.  Yet, many agencies cling to a traditional model of case management, using paper as their foundation for collecting data, observing trends and assessing outcomes. 

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, FAMCare Tips and Tools, Technology Speak

Attention Agencies:  Good Invoice Billing Starts with Intake

Posted by Bill Lowther on Jan 6, 2016 12:25:40 PM

How important is it that you get paid for the services you deliver - promptly?  What does that mean for how you manage cash flow?  How does a promptly paid invoice help your third party service providers?

Digging deeper - how quickly can you get an invoice out after services have been delivered?

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, FAMCare Tips and Tools, Technology Speak

2016 Nonprofit Fundraising Environment

Posted by George Ritacco on Jan 5, 2016 12:11:47 PM

In this first blog of 2016 I thought we might take a moment to view the overall nonprofit fundraising landscape. I know that your strategic plan and operating plan have already been written, but I thought this might be the perfect opportunity to do your first edit. The best plans are living documents always awaiting amendment.

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Topics: Special Reports, Fundraising Ideas, FAMCare Tips and Tools

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