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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.

ARS designs dedicated residential center for fire fighters

September 13, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Advanced Recovery Systems partnered with the International Association of Fire Fighters to strategize everything from the center's programming to the interior design to ensure sensitivity to the needs of fire fighters.

Why stigma interferes with business growth

September 12, 2016     Gary Enos, Editor

From the Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders: Recovery Centers of America’s chief clinical officer urged developers of new programs to offer sustainable, high-quality services and to be prepared to fight stigma.

Well-meaning friends fuel pain-drug misuse

September 9, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health collected data on the misuse of prescription products and found that 53.7% of those who reported misuse of pain drugs said they got them from a friend or relative.

Are you marketing what consumers want?

September 9, 2016     Ruchi Dhami

Ultimately, by understanding how the process of treatment itself shifts consumer preferences, providers can positively impact a person’s long-term recovery.

Election 2016: Assess the vice presidential candidates

September 7, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

A look into the political records of vice presidential candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence offers a glimpse into their stances on key healthcare issues.

Alanco targets behavioral health investments

August 31, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Alanco Technologies, an organization with investments in the energy-services industry, is making a shift toward investment in behavioral health treatment centers with three deals in its pipeline.

Sovereign puts spotlight on NIMBY

August 30, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Sovereign Health has created an online article series that aims to shed light on the perceptions and realities surrounding “not in my back yard” (NIMBY) issues.

What Works: Alternatives to physical restraint

August 26, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

Strained by the long-term use of restraint and seclusion as crisis management protocols, Grafton Integrated Health Network developed an alternative program that led to cost savings.

Treatment providers must respond to the market

August 23, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The addiction-treatment industry is most certainly at a crossroads, and leaders have an opportunity to shape the direction of the road ahead.

Group finds few easy answers to common ethical dilemmas

August 21, 2016     Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor

A growing complexity of roles in addiction treatment organizations is creating ethics challenges around boundaries and other issues affecting patients, a National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) presenter suggested.

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