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Health systems use data to predict behavioral health risks

September 26, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The Watson Health supercomputer is being used to predict disorders early so physicians can offer referrals to behavioral health providers long before the diagnosis becomes severe.

Implications of SBIRT for early identification of substance use disorder

September 16, 2016  |  Paige Pennington

Optimal implementation of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) will require practical solutions for overcoming operational barriers.

Claims study quantifies growing impact of opioid crisis

September 13, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Commercial health insurers paid treatment centers and other providers $445.7 million to treat plan members’ opioid dependence and abuse in 2015, demonstrating a 1,375% spending increase over five years.

ARS designs dedicated residential center for fire fighters

September 13, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Advanced Recovery Systems partnered with the International Association of Fire Fighters to strategize everything from the center's programming to the interior design to ensure sensitivity to the needs of fire fighters.

Consider the Olympics of mental health and recovery

August 10, 2016  |  H. Steven Moffic

Maybe someday we can dream big, like many Olympic athletes have done and host the Olympics of Mental Health. The competition could be about who overcame mental challenges and disorders to recover and succeed in life.

Opioid crisis plagues privately insured

August 5, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

A striking 3,000% increase in opioid dependence among the privately insured is yet more evidence of the national crisis and its prevalence in middle-class demographic groups.

Business partnership will establish drop-in center in region still short on beds

August 2, 2016  |  Gary Enos, Editor

A new Recovery Centers of America treatment facility in Danvers, Mass., will include a drop-in center that refers clients to multiple resources for addiction-related services.

Consider the psychological state of our settings

July 11, 2016  |  H. Steven Moffic

This would be a good time to check the state of our own mental healthcare unions: our clinics, hospitals and office practices. This time of year also dovetails with the annual turnover in our academic institutions.

The least you need to know about Imodium overdoses

May 12, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Emergency medicine specialists have noted a trend in fatalities related to misuse of Imodium by individuals who might be seeking to reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms or to produce an easy high.

Blue plans collaborate on opioid protocols

April 6, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plans have created a new executive committee to address the opioid crisis and identify best practices in prevention and risk reduction.

Researcher uncovers trends in mental health disparities

April 4, 2016  | 

Researcher Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola has uncovered barriers to care, gaps in appropriate treatment services and other trends that speak to the opportunity for the behavioral health provider community to improve care delivery for the underserved.

Here’s why your claims are being rejected

April 1, 2016  |  Lisette Wright

Medicare and Medicaid programs have been rejecting claims for certain diagnoses. It seems the common thread for these rejections is the utilization of certain unspecified diagnoses that are obtained directly out of the DSM-5 purple book.


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