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Laws boost protections for three-quarter house tenants

March 22, 2017     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

  A series of laws recently passed in New York City aim to curb predatory practices of three-quarter house landlords and increase protections for tenants.

High risk pools could include behavioral health patients

March 21, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Proposed health reform legislation allows states to form high risk pools for high cost populations. Such models could be used to help those with mental health and addiction disorders obtain insurance coverage.

Parity groups seek best practices

March 17, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Pennsylvania was recently chosen to participate in a learning initiative launched under the Obama administration that provides states with practical support to help them enforce parity laws.

Behavioral health benefits shift with GOP plan

March 14, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

While Congress considers the American Health Care Act, many treatment center executives are wondering how the proposed legislation will ultimately affect their patients.

The House Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act: What treatment centers need to know

March 10, 2017     Walter H. Boone

For addiction treatment centers, several questions arise regarding the American Health Care Act and how it would change the healthcare system.

NAATP considers marijuana in policy statement

March 9, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers has relayed its stance on a range of issues, including marijuana. It’s an especially timely topic considering the growing number of states that have adopted legalization policies.

Improving Documentation & Streamlining Patient Responsibility Collection

March 9, 2017     William McCormick, CEO

During the Behavioral Healthcare Executive Panel Series in Nashville, Tennessee, Medivance Billing Service Founder and President, Neisha Zaffuto expressed the importance of maintaining proper and thorough clinical documentation and developing a strategy to collect on patient responsibility.

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Simple Recovery sees in-network status as sustainability strategy

March 8, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The national conversation about addiction is changing, and as more people seek treatment, managed care organizations will likely give providers a closer look—especially the out-of-network providers that are submitting high-priced claims.

Why join professional associations?

March 8, 2017     Ed Jones, PhD

We are fighting for professional advancement and hoping that the world sees our work as psychotherapists as valuable. Yet I have some bad news. Hope is not a strategy.

Constellations adds Hanbleceya Recovery Network to portfolio

March 7, 2017     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

Constellations Behavioral Health has announced the addition of Hanbleceya Recovery Network to its portfolio of behavioral healthcare programs, joining Alta Mira in Sausalito, Calif., and Bridges to Recovery in Los Angeles.

3 ways to combat negative reviews

March 7, 2017     Ruchi Dhami

While consumer reviews can be your greatest strength, the truth is, there are elements that remain out of a business's control. Here are three things you can do to manage reviews.

Network adequacy echoes parity laws

March 6, 2017     Jill Sederstrom

One of the reasons for network inadequacy is that many mental health providers feel the reimbursement rates being offered by insurers are too low, and they’d rather not accept insurance.

Ethics Survey: Behavioral health leaders examine industry conduct

March 1, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

It’s difficult to quantify the prevalence of unethical practices in behavioral health, but most agree it's more a case of criminal enterprise than treatment centers gone bad. See the survey results with expert analysis.

Ethics Survey: Black hat marketing baffles the best providers

March 1, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Rosecrance Health Network found out even the most established treatment center organization can be the target of sneaky maneuvers by "black hat" marketers.

Sovereign Health adds telehealth option

February 28, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Sovereign Health is rolling out its new eTherapy telehealth option to outpatient clients with future plans to expand the service.

Facing pressure, insurance plans loosen rules for covering addiction treatment

February 23, 2017     Kaiser Health News

Aetna will stop requiring prior authorization for prescribing medications to treat opioid addiction, following similar moves from Anthem and Cigna.

What Works: Centerstone improves outcomes through health home model

February 22, 2017     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

Integrating behavioral health and primary care has helped Centerstone coordinate services and provide better outcomes for patients.

Linda's List 2017

February 22, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health, says while she herself tends to be optimistic, this is clearly a year to be more cautious for a number of reasons.

Treatment that includes marijuana use ignites debate

February 21, 2017     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

High Sobriety in West Los Angeles is the latest example of treatment centers using marijuana as part of treatment for addiction to alcohol and other drugs, a highly polarizing practice.

7 questions to answer before hosting a job fair

February 20, 2017     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

Leaders from Recovery Centers of America and Spectrum Health System share their experiences for making the most of hiring events.