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A year in review: Top 10 articles of 2013

December 19, 2013
by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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In the behavioral healthcare field, changes are constant and controversies are common. The editors at Behavioral Healthcare work diligently to provide our readers with the most updated news, articles, interviews, podcasts and conference coverage possible. 2013 was a big year for the field as Behavioral Healthcare’s articles covered:

  • The transition from retiring CEO of MHCA, Don Hevey, to new CEO Dale Shreve
  • Coverage of the 2013 National Council conference in Las Vegas
  • Revamp of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes
  • Updates on health insurance and the Medicaid expansion and which states are stepping forward
  • The 2013 Design Showcase where multiple facilities throughout the country were featured
  • Design stories to provide insight on facilities for various populations such as seniors and children.
  • Updated coverage on the controversial audit that led a funding halt to 15 major New Mexico behavioral health providers.
  • 2013 Behavioral Healthcare Champions which honored Kermit Dahlen, Michael Stuart, Damir Pavicic, Terry Crocker and Pat Beckett.
  • Coverage of the 2013 National Conference on Addiction Disorders and co-located Behavioral Healthcare Leadership Summit in Anaheim, Calif.                                                                                       

Additionally this year, our bloggers have stepped forward to teach us all about fundraising, the ICD-10 transition, facility safety and design, leadership, and other areas where they may have expertise.

Of the articles and blogs from January 1st until today, the 10 stories below received the most attention on social media from you, our readers.

1. Nightmare: Ousted New Mexico CEO answers 'Rio Grande Seven' allegations that broke his agency (September) In this article, New Mexico Human Services Department attorney Larry Heyeck expanded upon the state's allegations of possible fraud by behavioral health providers. He called attention to “questionable” CEO/CFO compensation paid by Providence Service Corporation to executives of seven New Mexico behavioral health providers – a group that he called the “Rio Grande Seven” – that were at the center of a Medicaid payment freeze that had affected services throughout the state starting in late June. www.behavioral.net/article/nightmare-ousted-new-mexico-ceo-answers-rio-grande-seven-allegations-broke-his-agency

2. Breaking the chains of mental illness that bind those in poverty (June) In this blog, Ron Manderscheid, PhD, says that poverty causes mental illness. He talks about evidence that backs up this claim and also explains ways that “the poverty trap” can be defeated. www.behavioral.net/blogs/ron-manderscheid/breaking-chains-mental-illness-bind-those-poverty

3. Cash-starved NM agencies file emergency court appeal (June) After 15 New Mexico behavioral health agencies had their Medicaid payments held based on “credible allegations of fraud” by state Human Services Department Secretary Sidonie Squier, the CEOs fought back and asked to see these allegations before their agencies were driven out of business. www.behavioral.net/article/cash-starved-nm-agencies-file-emergency-court-appeal

4. Outcomes measurement essential for post-reform healthcare success (October) Larry Cesare, PsyD, who is a clinical health psychologist, organizational consultant and former academician, says that evidence points out that the very act of collecting outcomes data is associated with clinical improvements. He says some clinicians are now gathering various types of outcomes information not just to satisfy policy or reimbursement requirements, but to improve services and promote consumer engagement.

“But relatively few go much beyond anecdotal evaluation of their clinical effectiveness; they view the collection of outcomes data as unnecessary or impractical. Many still regard requests for evidence of the results of their work as an unwelcome, and perhaps threatening, invasion of the sanctity of the therapeutic relationship,” he says.  www.behavioral.net/article/outcomes-measurement-essential-post-reform-healthcare-success

5. Led by mental health advocates, Tulsa targets end to chronic homelessness (January) The Mental Health Association in Tulsa’s mission is its nationally recognized Housing Services program, which offers safe, affordable housing to 875 Tulsans, many of whom are battling mental illnesses and overcoming homelessness. This article features the executive director of that association, Michael W. Brose. He said, “In Tulsa, we have made a real effort to address stigma through supportive housing.”  www.behavioral.net/article/led-mental-health-advocates-tulsa-targets-end-chronic-homelessness

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