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UnitedHealth names labs, treatment centers in federal fraud case

May 2, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

UnitedHealth and its Florida affiliate filed a $50 million federal lawsuit against several testing labs, treatment centers and individuals, alleging financial kickbacks, fraud and other complaints.

Summit BHC opens Twin Lakes center

May 2, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Summit BHC opened its Twin Lakes Recovery Center in Monroe, Ga., a 55-bed residential treatment facility and its first location in Georgia. The organization also announced the opening of an outpatient program.

Rosecrance at 100

May 2, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

CEO Philip Eaton has seen an evolution in attitudes toward behavioral health as well as new opportunities to serve the changing needs of patients.

5 ways to modernize the business side of your business

April 29, 2016     Brian Albright

Mental health and substance abuse treatment service providers are under new competitive pressures that are forcing them to address business and operational challenges in ways that they haven’t before.

5 skills every executive must have

April 27, 2016     Donna Marbury

In the ever-changing healthcare field, executive leaders must embrace technology and respond to the needs of patient populations.

Patient financial responsibility in addiction treatment up for debate

April 25, 2016     Harry Nelson, Esq.

It is of little surprise that failure to collect patient copays has become a problem. Insurers have begun to zero in on waivers of patient responsibility as a form of fraud and abuse.

Medication can be comfortably integrated into drug court programs

April 22, 2016     Gary Enos

A new report prepared by the Legal Action Center emphasizes that drug courts need to acknowledge that treatment decisions for participants belong in the hands of clinicians.

Psychiatric hospital design caters to patient populations

April 21, 2016     Julia Brown

North Tampa Behavioral Health, a 53,000 square foot, 75 bed acute psychiatric hospital located in Wesley Chapel, Fla., opened in October 2013 under Acadia Healthcare. 

SNL skit sparks discussion

April 20, 2016     Julia Brown

A "Saturday Night Live" skit has drawn criticism from consumers and industry leaders with some calling for an apology. Here's a roundup of what observers are saying. 

Betty Ford adds in-network options

April 18, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The Betty Ford West Los Angeles outpatient center now has in-network status among 14 managed care health plans, a move meant to increase access to services for those who use insurance benefits.

How to reduce workplace violence

April 18, 2016     Jill Sederstrom

Behavioral health organizations can take proactive steps to identify risks and protect employees from the dangers of workplace violence.

FRAUDULENT PRACTICES IMPACTING BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES

April 15, 2016     William McCormick, CEO

During a recent behavioral healthcare related event, healthcare Attorney, Harry Nelson, talks about the fraud and questionable practices in the behavioral health industry and how it's impacting the cost of healthcare services.

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Centerstone merges with Seven Counties

April 14, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Centerstone and Kentucky-based Seven Counties have announced their intent to merge, with the two organizations operating as affiliates. The deal between the two “kindred spirits” has been in the works for a few years.

Evans named CEO of Sound Mental Health

April 14, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Seattle-based Sound Mental Health announced today that Patrick C. Evans has been selected as its new CEO, beginning June 13. He replaces David Stone, who announced his retirement after 26 years of service as CEO.  

The least you need to know about NAATP's ethics complaint process

April 13, 2016     Gary Enos

Following up on its announcement that it would consider dismissing violators of its ethics code from the association, the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers has unveiled new complaint procedures.

New group funds patient copays for treatment

April 13, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The new not-for-profit Insured Consumer Access Network (ICAN) will provide scholarships for patients' out-of-pocket costs for treatment within a network of ethical providers.

Foundations grows under UHS umbrella

April 12, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Currently, Foundations has 19 locations with three more in the pipeline, bringing its total portfolio to five states. A forthcoming outpatient center in Chicago will mark its first venture into Illinois.

BREAKING: Father Martin's Ashley launches name change

April 11, 2016     Gary Enos

The iconic Father Martin's Ashley is officially undergoing a rebranding today, and the program will now be known as Ashley Addiction Treatment. But the leaders of the organization emphasize that the move represents no departure from its core values.

Blue plans collaborate on opioid protocols

April 6, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plans have created a new executive committee to address the opioid crisis and identify best practices in prevention and risk reduction.

Addiction treatment is booming and under-regulated

April 6, 2016     Harry Nelson, JD

Unfortunately, state regulators haven't gotten the memo on industry growth and were caught short-handed in policing all of the new market entrants—especially in addiction treatment hot spots, such as California and Florida.

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