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Why small operators are nervous

January 20, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Market disrupters can be cause for alarm or catalysts for fundamental change. You decide.

What will Medicaid reform say about our society?

January 12, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Members of the new Congress and administration have expressed a strong desire to “reform” Medicaid, although specifics are quite scarce. An effort will be made to change Medicaid to some type of fixed federal payment.

Prevent and treat the post-holiday blues

January 10, 2017     H. Steven Moffic

This early part of the year is when the suicide rate spikes, and when depression commonly increases. Indeed, divorce lawyers have deemed the Monday after Christmas as "Divorce Day."

What we can learn from Carrie Fisher

December 28, 2016     H. Steven Moffic

Though Carrie Fisher's living force ended this week, her life force will remain with so many, especially for mental health.

7 things we’ll remember about 2016

December 28, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

From Trump to CARA, 2016 was a record-setting year on a number of health policy fronts. Here's our list of highlights.

Better mental health through window design

December 28, 2016     Kevin Turner

A facility’s windows should be more than another level of security. They should incorporate features that are part of the therapy, enhancing the patient's well-being.

Eliminate, rename or replace the ACA?

December 27, 2016     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Within a few days after the new year, we likely will be confronted with an effort to “repeal” the Affordable Care Act. I put the word in quotes, since it is entirely unclear what repeal will mean.

 

Emergency departments must aim for change

December 21, 2016     Kevin Turner

Having a high number of mental health patients boarded in the emergency department has a dramatic effect on the throughput.

To your full happiness, health and heart

December 13, 2016     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

This year has been one of great tumult—home-based terrorism, disconcerting race relations and an extremely divisive election. Hence, we look forward to these holidays as a period of essential relief from our everyday worries and woes.

Consider post-election prospects for population health management

December 13, 2016     Patrick Gauthier

Any new administration brings change and uncertainty. But this time can also be seen as an opportunity for behavioral healthcare providers to sharpen our focus.

Resolve to reduce suicide in 2017

December 9, 2016     H. Steven Moffic

As it turns out, risk seems to be reduced from Christmas Day to New Year's Day, but there are always ways to reduce the rate of suicide for the highest risk patients.

‘Psychotherapy’ apps: Be mindful of usability, clinical orientation

December 7, 2016     Marlene M. Maheu, PhD

Before implementing the use of mobile apps, caregivers should ensure the software is properly designed and appropriate for the type of treatment being delivered.

Reflections on our recent national election

November 30, 2016     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

I am sure that you were shocked by the outcome of our recent national election. Now that we all have had several weeks to gain some perspective, I would like to offer the following about our path forward.

How to choose the right psychotherapy apps

November 30, 2016     Marlene M. Maheu, PhD

Mobile apps are a useful for resource, but clinicians should weigh their benefits and limitations before implementing their use to enhance the level of care they provide.

Behavioral Healthcare Executive reflects the market

November 28, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

You’ve probably noticed our name has change to Behavioral Healthcare Executive to underscore our long-standing focus on the C-suite owners and operators of behavioral health organizations.

No population health without behavioral health

November 18, 2016     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Rosalynn Carter’s Annual Behavioral Health Policy Symposium addressed many of the issues that we work on today: parity, care access, integrated care, peer support, community participation, stigma and more.

The least you need to know about the surgeon general’s report

November 17, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The surgeon general’s report on alcohol, drugs and health is significant because not only is it the first ever report on addiction from the top federal health advocate, it’s also a document that reflects the culmination of significant changes in the national dialog.

Anxiety remains in election aftermath

November 11, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

An unexpected shift can leave people feeling unsafe and unanchored. How we re-establish our sense of safety or comfort will be an individual process for each person.

The race is over, so what can we do now?

November 10, 2016     H. Steven Moffic

If our patients were anxious before, that anxiety might escalate. We administrators and leaders have our own fear that reimbursement might be imperiled.

Donald Trump wins

November 9, 2016     Patrick Gauthier

President Trump will ensure that control is as local as possible. His promise to dismantle the ACA and create business-friendly, state-controlled conditions is a safe bet.

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