Clinical Outcomes

Measure client progress for value-based care


As behavioral healthcare moves towards a value-based payment system, measuring clinical outcomes is becoming more important than ever. Payers are moving away from a common fee-for-service model and towards payments based on increased client functionality, demonstrated progress, and a decrease in Emergency Department visits. At NextStep, we make it easy to track your clients’ progress and quickly assess how each client, group, or facility as a whole is doing. Here is what you should know.


Related resource from our Behavioral Health Success Series: Value-Based Payments in Behavioral Healthcare White Paper

Treatment Planning Wizard


All treatment plans are unique and different, so you need a tool that’s flexible and easy to use. Goals and objectives will vary tremendously from one client to the next. Without a clear plan in place, it’s hard to track progress, stay organized, and keep a record of all clients under your care. Our treatment planning wizard is a tool that allows you to create an outcomes-based care plan that is driven by your clinical workflow.


Create your own outcome model or modify one that we’ve already designed. Using reports and dashboards, you can monitor a client’s progress towards achieving their goals and objectives in their individualized plan. And there’s no need to open multiple tabs–the treatment planning wizard takes you through creating a compliant personalized care plan–all in one easy to follow document. Everything should be this easy!



Our charting tools, including goals, objectives, and progress indicators, are fully integrated within the EHR and the treatment planning wizard. Chart notes are easily configured to fit your needs. For example, if a client’s insurance company requires a mental status exam at each visit, you can put fields for that right into the note. You can also create different types of notes and search by note type, clinician, or client.


Routing is also included in our charting feature. Perhaps an intern needs a supervisor to sign off on notes, or a client’s billing needs to be done under a different clinician’s supervision – the system can automatically send the notes to the right person.


We also offer a solution to address your client’s privacy concerns. Permissions can be set to ensure that only those who need to see information about a client have access. Techs may not need to read therapists’ notes, while admissions may not need access to any notes at all. You can also isolate select client records to specific staff members.


NextStep also allows you to share selected parts of the client chart with external providers and referrals. Choose what you want to share and have the system send it over. No more back and forth emails or snail mailing paper forms!



Because NextStep is ASAM certified, we can help you create electronic versions of your current assessments using our form builder. If your facility has an ASAM license, we can provide you with your choice of standard assessments. If you don’t have a license, you can create a button that takes users to the ASAM site to complete their assessments. It’s that easy!


Seeing clients outside the office? Not to worry–NextStep is with you when you’re on the go! We realize that many clinicians perform assessments and charting in the field. While you typically need an internet connection to use our web-based solution, we do have an option for the times you are in the field without internet access. You can use your iPad to chart in the field, fill out your forms, and sign them when you return to the office. Simple and manageable. That’s what we’re all about.



Our comprehensive dashboards make it easy to see everything you need to keep track of patients, monitor your staff’s progress, and run a profitable practice. Our at-a-glance dashboards can be customized for various individuals within your facility. For example, a psychiatrist may only need to see the treatment plan, medication details, and their own clinical notes, while a social worker may need to see the treatment plan, group notes, therapist notes, and assessments. On each dashboard, you get to decide what to include. All dashboard data can be easily exported to PDF, Excel, or other formats, making it a breeze to meet all your reporting and certification requirements.