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Integration among the trends in accreditation

November 23, 2016  |  Alison Knopf
article

As behavioral health providers enhance their services and expand their capabilities, standards for accreditation will also expand, the experts say.

Midlevel practitioners authorized to prescribe buprenorphine

November 21, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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A new 2017 federal policy will allow physician assistants and nurse practitioners to prescribe buprenorphine. Previously, only physicians were authorized to prescribe the medication.

Task force arms local officials in opioid crisis

November 21, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A report issued by the City-County National Task Force on the Opioid Epidemic provides local government and law enforcement officials with strategies for taking action to address the opioid crisis at the community level.

How to comply with new overtime rules

October 20, 2016  |  Joanne Sammer
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On December 1, new rules for overtime pay go into effect, and behavioral health organizations could see unexpectedly higher payroll costs or even potential fines if they do not comply. Here’s your guide to getting it right.

Well-meaning friends fuel pain-drug misuse

September 9, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health collected data on the misuse of prescription products and found that 53.7% of those who reported misuse of pain drugs said they got them from a friend or relative.

7 great tips for employee retention

August 18, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Leaders must create strategies to retain their employees, especially in today’s market where there is competition for good workers.

Consider the psychological state of our settings

July 11, 2016  |  H. Steven Moffic
blog

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.

How to minimize the impact of staffing shortages

June 22, 2016  |  Joanne Sammer
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As service demand increases, experts note that the behavioral health specialty must expand its workforce by at least 20,000 over the next two years.

Here’s why your claims are being rejected

April 1, 2016  |  Lisette Wright
blog

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.

Mental health first aid courses in demand

March 21, 2016  |  Jill Sederstrom
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As the National Council ramps up efforts to reach a goal of 1 million Americans receiving mental health first aid training, there is a growing need to increase the number of trainers offering the courses.

What to do if a data breach happens to you

March 16, 2016  |  David Raths
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Providers of all sizes can take proactive steps to avoid security breaches while also creating a plan to react quickly if a breach does occur.

Gender pay gaps are not petty issues

February 10, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
blog

In general, women make 85 cents for every dollar that men make, even when adjusting for education and industry. Take a hard look at your payroll data to ensure you aren't contributing to the gender wage gap.

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