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Valant Selected as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy's Official and Exclusive EHR Partner

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SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Nov 20, 2014) - Vālant, a leading provider of cloud-based, electronic health records (EHR) and e-billing software for behavioral health practices, today announced the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) has chosen Vālant as its official and exclusive EHR Partner. As a member of AAMFT, marriage and family therapists will now have access to Vālant's fully integrated, 100% web-based EHR and practice management system, which is tailor-made for behavioral health professionals.

Vālant's and AAMFT's shared vision for this partnership is to strengthen and advance the profession of marriage and family therapy. With Vālant's integrated and automated outcome measurements, over 25,000 AAMFT members will be able to quantify and document patient outcomes. Working together, Vālant and AAMFT hope to ensure data is an essential element of quality care.

"We are excited to partner with AAMFT to help marriage and family therapists manage and document the value of their care by providing templates and outcomes measures specific to their clinical needs," said Vālant's founder and CEO Dr. David Lischner of the landmark partnership. "As the number of marriage and family therapy practices and the demand for value-based care grows, documenting outcomes will be a crucial component of quality therapy practices. Our partnership also paves the way for integrated care, allowing marriage and family therapists to capture and share valuable data with other practitioners to provide holistic care for patients."

According to U.S. News, marriage and family therapy practices are expected to grow over 30 percent nationwide by 2022, one of the fastest growing therapies in the nation. As many states begin to require EHR use for licensed health professionals, AAMFT sought to offer a resource to members that would help them get ahead of these changes, while helping their members to build stronger and more efficient practices by leveraging advances in EHR technologies. Vālant's EHR suite, specifically designed to meet the unique needs of behavioral health professionals, will help AAMFT members streamline their workflow while measuring patient outcomes.

"AAMFT saw the potential with Vālant because they have demonstrated experience in the behavioral health field, and they show an understanding of the unique needs of this market. Vālant has also partnered with AAMFT to achieve our goal of creating a customized EHR designed around what makes marriage and family therapists unique," said Tracy Todd, executive director of AAMFT. "Most importantly, part of AAMFT's mission is to aid in the professional development of our members. With Vālant's EHR suite, members will now be able to provide measurement-based care, ultimately helping clients achieve better clinical outcomes."

About Vālant Medical Solutions

Vālant empowers behavioral healthcare practitioners to provide higher quality care that improves overall health outcomes for clients. Behavioral Healthcare management is rapidly changing as providers become compensated for patient outcomes and value rather than volume of care provided. Vālant's EHR suite and professional services provide a technology platform that facilitates integrated care communications between specialty and primary care physicians, allowing for concise measurement of treatment outcomes to better inform clinical decisions and the refinement of business models through analytics. Vālant differentiates itself from competing platforms by automating measurement to support evidence-based care, focusing on improving the success of behavioral health treatments and outcomes reporting, thereby allowing specialty healthcare clinics to participate in new reimbursement models. Founded in Seattle, Washington, Vālant is revolutionizing and improving the quality of care for patients and practitioners around the globe. For more information, please visit: www.valant.com.

About the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) is the professional association for the field of marriage and family therapy. We represent the professional interests of more than 50,000 marriage and family therapists throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. Since our founding in 1942, AAMFT has been involved with the problems, needs and changing patterns of couples and family relationships. The association leads the way to increasing understanding, research and education in the field of marriage and family therapy, and ensuring that the public's needs are met by trained practitioners. AAMFT provides individuals with the tools and resources they need to succeed as marriage and family therapists. Our members meet rigorous standards for education and training and are held to the highest ethical standards of the profession. Clinical Fellows and Members have met the highest standards of the profession for education and clinical experience. Pre-Clinical Fellow, Associate, and Student membership categories are available for therapists in training for clinical practice. Members of allied professions and other persons who are interested in marriage and family therapy are eligible to become Affiliate Members. For more information, please visit: www.aamft.org.