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Providers concerned about future Medicaid block grant models

December 1, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Healthcare providers are concerned about proposals that aim to transform Medicaid into a block grant model, potentially resulting in less funding in the future.

West L.A. Betty Ford Center focuses on privacy, convenience

November 30, 2016     Donna Marbury

The Betty Ford Center in West Los Angeles is the first satellite facility built under the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation name after the 2014 merger.

Insurer notes economic impact of mental health, SUD in communities

November 29, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

Data from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Index, a new measurement tool, identifies health conditions with the greatest impact on communities. Analysis of the data draws a correlation between community health and economic strength.

The 2016 Information Technology Vendor Survey

November 29, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

Value-based payment models are becoming more common, but the IT vendors surveyed by Behavioral Healthcare Executive aren’t sure that providers are prepared for the shift from fee-for-service. DOWNLOAD THE FULL SURVEY RESULTS.

Trump taps new HHS and CMS leadership

November 29, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

On Tuesday, Donald Trump named Rep. Tom Price, MD (R-Ga.), to lead the Department of Health and Human Services and consultant Seema Verma to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Your 2017 strategic plan

November 28, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Behavioral health experts are weighing in on a number of issues that absolutely must be on the radar for treatment centers in 2017.

What Works: Centers of excellence

November 28, 2016     Donna Marbury

The not-for-profit Clinical Outcomes Group, Inc. is one of 50 centers of excellence funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services to increase integrated behavioral health and primary care.

Industry leaders have reason to say ‘thanks’

November 23, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

From recognizing long-time mentors and hard-working staff members to enjoying a sense of accomplishment that comes from working with patients, executives from across the behavioral healthcare field share what has them feeling grateful this year at Thanksgiving.

10 steps to prepare for accreditation

November 23, 2016     Alison Knopf

Treatment centers can follow these 10 steps to prepare for experience of the accreditation process.

Integration among the trends in accreditation

November 23, 2016     Alison Knopf

As behavioral health providers enhance their services and expand their capabilities, standards for accreditation will also expand, the experts say.

Should we amend the Fair Housing Act to regulate sober living?

November 22, 2016     Andrew Kessler

It has become clear that the expansion and protection of sober living and recovery residences should be near the top of the list of legislative priorities.

Why the surgeon general’s report is the go-to resource

November 22, 2016     Alison Knopf

With a change of administration in Washington, it will be particularly important for the country to have a single scientific document about substance use disorders.

Why we must shift from qualitative to data-driven treatment

November 22, 2016     Jennifer Steiner

In an industry historically reliant on broad treatment options and anecdotal outcomes, data is the key to the future of mental healthcare and already is opening new doors for our industry.

Midlevel practitioners authorized to prescribe buprenorphine

November 21, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

A new 2017 federal policy will allow physician assistants and nurse practitioners to prescribe buprenorphine. Previously, only physicians were authorized to prescribe the medication.

Task force arms local officials in opioid crisis

November 21, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

A report issued by the City-County National Task Force on the Opioid Epidemic provides local government and law enforcement officials with strategies for taking action to address the opioid crisis at the community level.

IABHC awards micro-grant to 10,000 Beds

November 18, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The not-for-profit organization 10,000 Beds has received a micro-grant from the Institute for the Advancement of Behavioral Healthcare Fund, which will be used to place more than 100 clients in donated treatment beds.

Charges against 'Rehab Mogul' affect industry as a whole

November 18, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

Christopher Bathum, founder of 19 sober-living facilities in California and Colorado, faces multiple charges of sexually assaulting patients, as well as engaging in a $175 million insurance fraud scheme.

Shorter stays linked to rapid rehospitalization

November 17, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

A study by the Treatment Advocacy Center finds that patients at state hospitals with the shortest length of stay are three times more likely to be readmitted than those with the longest initial stay.

How to add MAT services to your organization

November 14, 2016     Brian Albright

Deciding to add a medical dimension like MAT to an existing program is one thing; actually making the transition is another. The process involves overcoming a number of hurdles that could potentially derail the program.

Higher caps may not increase buprenorphine utilization

November 14, 2016     Brian Albright

Research from the RAND Corporation indicates that few physicians currently prescribing buprenorphine have approached the 100-patient treatment cap, and many of those might be underutilizing the drug.