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Netsmart Technologies Releases Version 7.5 of Helper(TM) Practice Management Software
Date:11/12/2008

Latest Release Includes Enhanced Scheduling, Financial and Claims Processing Features for Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Counselors, Therapists and Social Workers

GREAT RIVER, N.Y., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Netsmart Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise-wide software and services for health and human services organizations, today announced the general availability release of version 7.5 of Helper, the leading practice management software for individual and small group private practice psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, therapists and social workers.

Nearly 50,000 clinicians in 18,000 practices have chosen Helper as their practice management solution. Helper is a complete solution, providing software and services for scheduling, billing, electronic claims submission, credit card processing, electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) and online professional development resources for continuing education.

"Helper gives us a complete practice management solution that improves our processes and enables us to focus on client care," said Susan Ferguson, practice administrator at Chestnut Hill Counseling Associates in Dover, N.H. "As a beta tester for Helper 7.5, I was pleased to see the new features that make Helper even more versatile and easy to use."

A sample of new features in Helper 7.5 includes:

-- Enhanced scheduling, with familiar Microsoft Outlook(R)-style layout and

the ability to view and print clinician schedules that show open and

completed appointments

-- Enhanced view of overlapping appointments and increased visibility into

recurring appointments to assist with scheduling for multiple providers

-- Simplified set-up of secondary insurance company identification numbers

and compliance with insurance company requirements for secondary ID

"qualifiers" when submitting claims

-- Full compatibility with Microsoft(R) Windows Vista operating system

Netsmart is the only provider to offer practice management clinical, mental health therapist billing and related software solutions for all sizes and types of mental health care providers, from individual practices to community mental health centers to statewide mental health systems.

"The enhancements in this new version of Helper are based on customer input and ever-changing industry requirements," said James L. Conway, chief executive officer, Netsmart Technologies. "The thousands of private and small group practices that utilize Helper are an important component of the Netsmart customer community, which is the largest connected community in the industry."

For information, visit http://www.helper.com/7.5 or call 1-800-343-5737. Current Helper customers that are members of the Helper Assurance Plan (the Helper maintenance program) can download the new version of the software. Helper software and services customers not on the Helper Assurance Plan can request upgrade information. Practices not using Helper, but interested in evaluating the software, can download a free trial.

Membership in the Helper Assurance Plan provides Helper software customers with upgrades to the latest version of Helper software, unlimited telephone and online support, introductory Helper training, access to premier value-added solutions such as online learning classes and e-prescribing, and the opportunity to network and share ideas with other Helper users through an online networking forum, national user group and annual customer conference (http://www.netsmartconnections.com).

About Netsmart Technologies, Inc.

Netsmart Technologies (http://www.ntst.com) is an established, leading supplier of enterprise-wide software solutions for health and human services providers. More than 18,000 customer organizations, including 350,000 care providers and nearly 40 state systems, use Netsmart products to help improve the quality of life for millions of people each year.

Netsmart's customers include mental health and substance abuse treatment agencies, psychiatric hospitals, private and group mental health practices, public health departments, vital records offices and managed care organizations. Netsmart's products are full-featured information systems that operate on a variety of operating systems, hardware platforms, and mobile devices, and offer unlimited scalability.

Netsmart's Connected Care initiative allows behavioral and public healthcare providers to share clinical data electronically within their internal processes, externally with other providers, and with consumers via a Web-based portal, enabling high quality, consumer-directed care.

Helper is a trademark of Netsmart Technologies, Inc.

Microsoft, Windows, Vista and Outlook are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.


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