Researchers at the National Institutes of Health and George Washington University are piloting a genomic data-sharing project on a new, ultra-high-speed platform, creating state-of-the-art connectivity that is expected to ultimately yield big results—for both research and patient care.
Parity, ICD-10 and the Affordable Care Act are hot topics that involve major changes—changes that challenge behavioral healthcare executives who must deal with the details. Among all these, getting paid continues to be a top attention-getter.
The OpenNotes initiative, which invites patients to review their clinical notes as written by their clinicians, was a success in its three pilot locations. Now one of those organizations is trying to determine whether it’s appropriate to expand this kind of EHR note sharing to mental health patients.
The federal government has been supportive of the behavioral health treatment field in establishing rules implementing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, but getting specific parity complaints to bring to regulators is a major challenge.
Abuses that placed children in long-term psychiatric facilities that may not have been medically necessary drove changes to referral pratices. Now what to do with the restrictive managed care company rules?
A couple of months ago, I noted an initiative by a group to banish the term “mentally ill” from our lexicon. At the time I read it, I suppose that I thought of it as just one more decent, but farfetched idea.
At Memorial Hermann Health System’s Prevention and Recovery Center (PaRC), leaders have implemented a digital platform that provides its recovering addicts with a support community from the touch of their phone. Thus far, the center has gotten patients to buy.