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7 tips for better payer contracts

July 9, 2018  |  Brian Albright
article

As payer networks shrink, data is a key contract negotiating tool.

New opioid use measure added to health plan data set

July 3, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
news

A measure that is being added to the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) will evaluate health plan members' risk of continued opioid use.

Hazelden Betty Ford announces in-network status with Optum

June 28, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
news

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has arranged in-network access with Optum, the health management arm of the large insurance carrier UnitedHealth Group.

InTandem acquires Turning Point Centers

May 9, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

InTandem Capital Partners has announced the acquisition of Turning Point Centers, with four locations in Utah.

Market need drives growth for Footprints

April 13, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

It’s shaping up to be a year of growth for treatment centers. This is certainly true for Footprints to Recovery, which has three new centers in the pipeline and is in the process of completing two other launches.

Let’s embrace our ultimate goals: better overall health status and lower costs

March 30, 2018  |  Ed Jones, PhD
Perspectives

It is not a time to wait for the larger healthcare industry to provide their sympathy or vague recognition of the importance of behavioral healthcare. We need a new strategy.

RCA opens 140-bed center in Maryland

March 20, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

Recovery Centers of America has opened a large inpatient, outpatient and detox facility in Maryland, which has a capacity of about 2,500 patients per year, generating approximately $40 million in annual revenue.

Only higher wages will solve workforce woes

February 21, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
blog

In order to fortify the behavioral health workforce, industry leaders must find a way to funnel more money toward payroll. The options include tougher payer negotiations and expansion of CCBHCs.

Reimbursement to patients sidesteps providers

January 30, 2018  |  Jill Sederstrom
article

The practice of sending insurance reimbursement for services directly to a patient, rather than the provider, significantly impairs a provider’s ability to collect the payment and ultimately could create access issues.

Pennsylvania needs more than public health emergency

January 16, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

The treatment community says the governor's emergency declaration is a positive step but doesn't do enough to address long-term recovery and quality of care concerns.

NAATP enforces ethical marketing standards

January 10, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

Executive Director Marvin Ventrell says that NAATP is taking a bold step by making ethical business and clinical operations requisites of membership for the first time.

8 behavioral health trends for 2018

December 22, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

In looking at the big picture in overall healthcare trends for the new year, several issues come to mind for behavioral health.

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