Price transparency in healthcare: A movement takes hold

April 17, 2014     Alison Knopf

Patients are still are a long way from being able to shop around for the best behavioral healthcare, but it’s on the horizon.

Naloxone auto-injector important step to saving lives

April 14, 2014     Alison Knopf

Industry experts hail the FDA's approval of the first naloxone auto-injector as an important new tool for medical professionals and consumers alike.

Therapist calls for 'open, honest dialogues' between various players in behavioral health

April 11, 2014     Thomas A. Peltz, MEd, LMHC, LADC-1, CAS

After reading a recent article on Behavioral Healthcare, this therapist had some comments to share. 

Internet2 hosts genomic research collaborative

April 11, 2014    

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health and George Washington University are piloting a genomic data-sharing project on a new, ultra-high-speed platform, creating state-of-the-art connectivity that is expected to ultimately yield big results—for both research and patient care.

Eliminate curtains from all patient accessible areas

April 10, 2014     James M. Hunt, AlA

Curtains can visually soften a room but they also present some very serious potential hazards. 

Q&A: Getting paid in behavioral healthcare

April 10, 2014     Shannon Brys, Associate Editor

Parity, ICD-10 and the Affordable Care Act are hot topics that involve major changes—changes that challenge behavioral healthcare executives who must deal with the details. Among all these, getting paid continues to be a top attention-getter.

The OpenNotes Mental Health Conundrum

April 9, 2014     Charlene Marietti

The OpenNotes initiative, which invites patients to review their clinical notes as written by their clinicians, was a success in its three pilot locations. Now one of those organizations is trying to determine whether it’s appropriate to expand this kind of EHR note sharing to mental health patients. 

Untreated mental disorders, unchecked guns

April 9, 2014     Alison Knopf

The combination poses a clear threat to our children, but not the one we thought.

Parity complaint process difficult to complete

April 8, 2014     Alison Knopf

The federal government has been supportive of the behavioral health treatment field in establishing rules implementing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, but getting specific parity complaints to bring to regulators is a major challenge.

Transformation in Philadelphia

April 7, 2014     Jon Korczykowski, M.A.

The Institute of Medicine’s Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century in 2001 was a wake-up call. Philadelphia’s behavioral health system heard it and took action. 

Location, location, location

April 2, 2014     Charlene Marietti

Annual report confirms unequal access to mental health providers, as well as other clinical care providers, across the country. 

Payment and service delivery changes ahead

April 2, 2014     Dennis Grantham

Among the major changes projected for behavioral healthcare providers are these...

To merge, or not to merge

April 2, 2014     Shannon Brys, Associate Editor

There are many mergers and acquisitions, yet more than half of them fail. CEO of Fairbanks explains where he believes most of these organizations fall short. 

Roadblocks to care for the young

April 1, 2014     Alison Knopf

Abuses that placed children in long-term psychiatric facilities that may not have been medically necessary drove changes to referral pratices. Now what to do with the restrictive managed care company rules?

Young battle managed care barriers

April 1, 2014     Alison Knopf

Some of the hardest-hit patients in managed behavioral health care are young people who are unable to access adequate services for psychiatric disorders. 

The future of behavioral health: Under construction

March 31, 2014     Dennis Grantham

Though final specs are far from complete, the structure is taking shape, says National Council CEO. 

Rep. Murphy on refining the U.S. mental health system

March 28, 2014     Shannon Brys, Associate Editor

In a panel discussion Friday morning, Representative Tim Murphy led the conversation about the changes that need to be made for mental health treatment.

Not Everyone is Happy with the ICD-10 Delay

March 28, 2014     Gabriel Perna

While some applaud the possible one-year delay to the ICD-10 compliance date, surely many people are grateful for the added time.

A poor choice of words

March 28, 2014     Dennis Grantham

A couple of months ago, I noted an initiative by a group to banish the term “mentally ill” from our lexicon. At the time I read it, I suppose that I thought of it as just one more decent, but farfetched idea.

Memorial Hermann gives recovering addicts 24/7 support

March 28, 2014     Gabriel Perna

At Memorial Hermann Health System’s Prevention and Recovery Center (PaRC), leaders have implemented a digital platform that provides its recovering addicts with a support community from the touch of their phone. Thus far, the center has gotten patients to buy.

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