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Affiliations strengthen not-for-profits

January 17, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The changing behavioral health market might leave small, not-for-profit operators wondering how they can possibly compete. Experts suggest a new affiliation model.

Should we aim for cured, doing better or still working on it?

June 6, 2016  |  Ed Jones, PhD

As more behavioral healthcare services are offered to meet demand, and as expectations rise for better outcomes and lower costs, this will of necessity lead to measurement—of access, outcome and cost.

Debate arises over HHS Part 2 rules

March 22, 2016  |  Kaiser Health News

Existing privacy rules are too cumbersome for today’s integrated world, say proponents of change to 42 CFR Part 2, while others argue that the new privacy rule changes are too broad.

Value-based models gain traction

March 4, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Federal health leaders say Medicare has already met its goal with 30% of payments now tied to value-based models. Meanwhile, commercial insurers, health systems, employers and organizations have kept a similar pace.

Avoid these 6 financial mistakes in the era of accountable care

February 15, 2016  |  Brian Albright

Cost management and quality outcomes will be critical for treatment centers that hope to stay in the black under new value-based reimbursement arrangements.

Accountable care organizations, explained

September 15, 2015  |  Kaiser Health News

ACOs have become one of the most talked about new ideas in the Affordable Care Act. Here are answers to some common questions about how they work.

Hospitals seek behavioral partners to reduce Medicare readmissions

September 8, 2015  |  Joanne Sammer

With serious cash on the line, hospitals are in need of willing partners to help in managing the overall health of Medicare patients.

The business case for building an integrated model of care

August 4, 2015  |  Julia Brown, Associate Editor

The business case for integration is in the cost savings as well as patient and provider satisfaction. But making such a change can be hard. 

Research leader: Addiction field needs new model to make integrated care happen

August 3, 2015  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor

Treatment Research Institute adviser David Gastfriend, MD, says the SBIRT model should be turned on its head.

Leverage population health to compete in today's market

August 3, 2015  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Mental health and substance use treatment providers must learn to speak the language of other stakeholders and play a role in population health initiatives.

Warm handoffs serve as the first step toward accountable care

May 12, 2015  |  Joanne Sammer

The accountable approach requires integration of data and patient responsibility across the larger healthcare system continuum.

NatCon 15: How to negotiate with managed care

April 20, 2015  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Providers must examine the assets they bring to the table and communicate them effectively in the contracting process.


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