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BHbusiness: Last chance to register for free, high quality business training in 2014

February 5, 2014
by Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
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SAMHSA-sponsored training product provides expert coaches, webinar-based instruction, and regional workgroups

To all behavioral healthcare executives interested in non-clinical bottom-line practice management issues like billing: there’s still time to register for BHbusiness, the free webinar and coaching product sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The deadline is February 15.

Run jointly by the State Associations of Addiction Services (SAAS), The National Council for Behavioral Health, NIATx, and Advocates for Human Potential (AHP), the product has trained hundreds of substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health treatment providers.

Each BHbusiness course lasts from 16 to 24 weeks. BHBusiness course options include:

  • The Strategic Business Learning Network focuses on new reimbursement options, including partnering with other organizations, and joining networks and health plans.
  • The Third-party Billing and Compliance Learning Network focuses on implementing third-party billing systems, something that many SUD treatment providers weren’t used to before the Affordable Care Act. Now, with many more patients covered by Medicaid and private insurance, billing is essential: you can no longer rely on public contracts.
  • The Third-party Contract Negotiations Learning Network has a change management focus will help participants analyze their market, define their value in the market, and participate in a regional workshop.
  • The Eligibility and Enrollment Learning Network course helps participants help their patients and clients access health insurance coverage – thereby helping you bill Medicaid or commercial health insurance for their care.
  • The Meaningful Use of Healthcare Technology (HIT) Learning Network looks at how adopting an electronic health record will affect business processes, and whether participants are ready for health information technology.

Course participants will have a dedicated coach, a group of carefully matched organizations to work with, and access to a self-paced online curriculum. The live coaching sessions and peer networking take up two to three hours a week. During this time, participants will create actionable plans as they gain access to technical assistance and subject matter experts.

Since BHbusiness started in 2012, hundreds of behavioral health leaders have participated. “BHbusiness offers free, high-quality instruction and support from national experts, along with a chance to learn from peers across the country,” said Tom Savidge, Chief Executive Officer of PORT Human Services in Greenville, North Carolina. “It’s hard to find a better training combination for behavioral health professionals.”

For more information, visit BHBusiness.org.

 

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