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NatCon16 live coverage

March 11, 2016
by Julie Miller
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NatCon16 RoundupThe atmosphere in Las Vegas for the 2016 NatCon annual conference was clearly celebratory in the wake of industry accomplishments, but NatCon also took on a renewed focus on addiction and social determinants of health.

A decade makes a differenceSpeaking at NatCon 2016 during the conference kickoff, Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health, pointed out some telling comparisons between the perspectives of today and those of 2006.

Botticelli remains optimisticMichael Botticelli, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, told the NatCon 2016 audience there is a trend among law enforcement officers in that they are joining with communities to direct more people toward treatment and away from the criminal justice system.

Improve outcomes with symptom severity measurementsExperts at NatCon 2016 said symptom severity measurements can fine-tune individual treatment, act as a linkage throughout a patient’s entire treatment plan into recovery, and provide important patient data.

Patient privacy is a balancing actExperts agreed at NatCon 2016 that while it’s important to maintain patient privacy, sharing of patient records can often be important for ensuring family involvement and better coordination of care.

Payers and providers can work togetherWhile many providers are taking increasingly combative positions when interacting with commercial payers, experts speaking at NatCon 2016 believe a mutually beneficial relationship is possible. 

Five-year model leads to better treatment outcomes: The brain can recover with adequate treatment and supports.