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Fentanyl, carfentanil prompt higher naloxone dosage

October 21, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

Two expert panels have voted to recommend that the FDA increase the minimum dosage of naloxone in the wake of climbing overdose rates involving fentanyl and carfentanil.

How to comply with new overtime rules

October 20, 2016     Joanne Sammer

On December 1, new rules for overtime pay go into effect, and behavioral health organizations could see unexpectedly higher payroll costs or even potential fines if they do not comply. Here’s your guide to getting it right.

Market realities keep psych patients waiting for care

October 17, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

New data from the American College of Emergency Physicians shows that psychiatric patients are waiting in emergency rooms every single day with no immediate care available.

Police association pledges mental health first aid training

October 17, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The International Association of Chiefs of Police announced a plan Monday to train 100% of officers and staff on mental health first aid.

Detailed plan, teamwork helped north Florida center weather storm

October 14, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor

Lakeview Health leaders are pleased that a first-ever implementation of components of its disaster response plan went smoother than expected during Hurricane Matthew.

Avoid These Common Revenue Pitfalls

October 14, 2016     William McCormick, CEO

We are in an era of complex healthcare billing that can cost providers lost revenue due to lack of knowledge and proper training.

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Kratom research sorely needed for clinical, policy decisions

October 13, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

In response to advocacy groups and congressional leaders, the Drug Enforcement Administration halted its attempt to place kratom on the list of Schedule I drugs, however, experts recommend more research on its pharmacology moving forward.

Ohio committee aims for safe marijuana policy

October 11, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Ohio is now one of 26 states to legalize medical marijuana, and advocates say one priority is to ensure the state protects the community.

Significant challenges remain in enforcing parity laws

October 5, 2016     Jill Sederstrom

Experts remain optimistic about the future of parity, even though the implementation process will be slow to bring significant change to the behavioral healthcare industry.

Proposed changes to 42 CFR Part 2 will affect providers

September 29, 2016     Nicholas Merkin

Although the proposed rules have yet to be finalized, many addiction treatment providers are asking how to make sure they are in compliance with 42 CFR, Part 2 and how they might prepare for any upcoming changes.

CEO says providers can thrive if they heed history

September 28, 2016     Gary Enos, Editor

A keynote at the Moments of Change conference offered a prominent addiction field leader's advice to study history and not repeat mistakes of the past.

How to safeguard your data against ransomware

September 28, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

Hackers are crippling behavioral healthcare organizations’ operations by holding their data hostage with ransomware. Here are ways to prevent such an attack on your system.

Futurist warns of dire outcome for centers that resist change

September 27, 2016     Gary Enos

Future success in behavioral health practice will ride on four pillars: technology; digital strategy; patient experience design; and the leveraging of economic models.

Health systems use data to predict behavioral health risks

September 26, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The Watson Health supercomputer is being used to predict disorders early so physicians can offer referrals to behavioral health providers long before the diagnosis becomes severe.

Children’s mental health agencies missing opportunities

September 26, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

A study of state children’s mental agency directors finds inadequate structures and poor organization are inhibiting the ability to improve care.

4 steps to prepare for HIE participation

September 16, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

HIEs can help providers offer a higher quality of care that reflects well in a value-based payment model, but significant groundwork must be completed before participating.

RCCS completes recapitalization

September 16, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Restoration Counseling & Community Services, LLC, which specializes in treating behavioral health needs for individuals transitioning from the criminal justice system, has completed a recapitalization with private equity firm Latticework Capital Management.

Implications of SBIRT for early identification of substance use disorder

September 16, 2016     Paige Pennington

Optimal implementation of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) will require practical solutions for overcoming operational barriers.

Consider the details when integrating behavioral healthcare

September 15, 2016     Joy Himmel, PsyD, PMHCNS-BC, LPC

A collaborative care model must ensure that all coordinating services align with the mission to meet the needs of the population served, and here are 7 tips for doing just that.

Claims study quantifies growing impact of opioid crisis

September 13, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Commercial health insurers paid treatment centers and other providers $445.7 million to treat plan members’ opioid dependence and abuse in 2015, demonstrating a 1,375% spending increase over five years.