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Q&A: Getting paid in behavioral healthcare

Shannon Brys, Associate Editor

Parity, ICD-10 and the Affordable Care Act are hot topics that involve major changes—changes that challenge behavioral healthcare executives who must deal with the details. Among all these, getting paid continues to be a top attention-getter.

Life at the intersection of health and mental health: When is peer support not peer support?

Sue Bergeson

Peer support should not be forced, it should be facilitated by someone trained and placed in that role and it should not be used as an excuse to do something that makes the lives of the staff easier. 

Eliminate curtains from all patient accessible areas

James M. Hunt, AlA

Curtains can visually soften a room but they also present some very serious potential hazards. 

HHS Secretary Sebelius resigns

Charlene Marietti

President Obama has accepted the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Despite a five-year term, she has been front and center to the disastrous rollout of sign-up for the Affordable Care Act.

Price transparency in healthcare: A movement takes hold

Alison Knopf

Patients are still are a long way from being able to shop around for the best behavioral healthcare, but it’s on the horizon.

Nominate a 2014 Behavioral Healthcare Champion

Shannon Brys, Associate Editor

Our annual Behavioral Healthcare Champion awards honor CEOs and Executive Directors who lead behavioral health organizations that are making a difference in the development, delivery, and effectiveness of services and recovery supports for those who need them.

National Council, veterans, mental health leaders launch new program

April 24, 2014     Shannon Brys, Associate Editor

The new training program – Mental Health First Aid for Veterans – offers participants a simple, proven combination of information and techniques to recognize and respond to the warning signs of mental illness and addiction.

Views on assisted outpatient treatment: Fuller Torrey, M.D.

April 24, 2014     Alison Knopf

Fuller Torrey, M.D., founder of the Treatment Advocacy Center, tells Behavioral Healthcare readers why AOT is essential and central to proposed legislation.

Center for Discovery Chicago appoints new program director

April 23, 2014     Shannon Brys, Associate Editor

Robyn Welk-Richards PhD, LCSW, MSW, will serve as the new Program Director of Center for Discovery Chicago.

Views on assisted outpatient treatment: Steven K. Hoge, M.D.

April 23, 2014     Alison Knopf

Steven K. Hoge, M.D. ran the forensic of division of Bellevue Hospital...

Treatment providers face off against patient advocates over AOT: Part 2

April 22, 2014     Alison Knopf

Mass shootings have served as a catalyst for mental health initiatives that would provide support for more services, but AOT clauses cause deep divide. This Part 2 continues to delve into the divide between treatment professionals and patient advocates....

Rogers appoints new regional medical director

April 22, 2014     Shannon Brys, Associate Editor

The new regional medical director will begin the new role with responsibility for medical leadership at Rogers’ first out-of-state satellite location, Rogers Behavioral Health – Tampa Bay, opening in Florida in September.

Two new regional conferences for addiction professionals set for 2015

April 22, 2014     Shannon Brys, Associate Editor

Vendome Healthcare Media will be hosting both an East Coast and West Coast conference in addition to its National Conference on Addiction Disorders for 2015.

Integrity Recovery House for Men opens Wednesday

April 21, 2014     Shannon Brys, Associate Editor

The 40-bed residential recovery house for men in New Jersey focuses on treatment, recovery and community reintegration.

BH FRAUD UPDATE: CRC agrees to resolve false claims act allegations for $9.25 million

April 21, 2014     Shannon Brys, Associate Editor

CRC Health Group (CRC) has agreed to pay $9.25 million to settle allegations that it knowingly submitted false claims by providing substandard treatment to adult and adolescent Medicaid patients suffering from alcohol and drug addiction at its facility in...

Treatment providers face off against patient advocates over AOT: Part 1

April 21, 2014     Alison Knopf

Tension in the mental health treatment community has been growing in the wake of mass shootings. Mental health bills aim to provide support for more services, but AOT clauses cause deep divide.


ICD-10 and DSM-5: A Unique Teaching Curriculum

April 22, 2014    

Understanding the ICD-10 and DSM-5 Side By Side

Life at the intersection of health and mental health: To Sleep, perchance to dream

April 22, 2014     Sue Bergeson

Ensuring that you are getting enough sleep is actually one of the most critical things many of us living with mental health issues can do to improve our wellness. Without good sleep, our symptoms magnify and our resiliency crumbles.

CEO Golden Hour, Part 3: One-on-One Meetings with Donors

April 21, 2014    

Rather than merely invoicing donors and expecting them to dutifully make their pledge payment for each of the next five years, these wise CEOs and development directors have discovered that with a high-touch system of personalized contacts, even the busiest of CEOs can begin—and even enjoy...

Assessments of patients' risk of suicide still not accordingly

April 19, 2014     James M. Hunt, AIA

There were 775 Root Cause Analyses of suicides studied by The Joint Commission from 2004 through 2013.  Of those, “Assessment” was a root cause in 624 (80%) of the cases and the “Physical Environment” was a root cause in 329 (42%) of the cases studied.