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Minimize business risk when patients leave against medical advice

June 26, 2018  |  Jill Sederstrom
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Patients who leave against medical advice put themselves at risk. Additional concerns for the treatment center could include liability for patient self-harm, overdose, suicide or injury from a lack of basic safety. Such risk can be minimized, however.

Settlement clarifies discrimination for buprenorphine use

May 17, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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A Legal Action Center expert says a recent settlement sets a precedent, indicating that refusing to treat individuals solely based on their addiction disorders will be considered discrimination.

Advocates inch closer to a national PDMP

March 23, 2018  |  Nicole Stempak
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A new technology working group has proposed creating a national PDMP with a facilitator model that would be added to the current electronic prescription workflow.

Cryptocurrencies could be catching on

March 15, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Despite their volatility, digital currencies are starting to gain acceptance as a means of payment for addiction treatment services.

Sexual harassment elevating toward zero tolerance

March 2, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Sexual harassment training should include information on how to file a complaint if harassment occurs. However, BHE has discovered in a recent survey that 15% of treatment centers don't offer any training at all.

Consider the value of equine therapy

February 15, 2018  |  Brian Albright
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Equine therapy programs are found at large and small providers, and can either be operated on-site or contracted out in the case of providers that don’t want to absorb the expense of boarding their own horses.

Why your sexual harassment training isn’t nearly enough

January 31, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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When I consider the idea of prevention—not unlike the prevention efforts we rally around for addiction or suicide—I think about how we must do better, insisting that men/boys come to understand the impact sexual harassment has.

Record-setting amount of prescriptions collected on Take Back Day

November 7, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
news

More than 456 tons of unwanted medications were collected for safe disposal during the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 14th Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Indiana counties scrap syringe exchange programs

November 6, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Now two years removed from an HIV outbreak in the state, old concerns drive Indiana counties to begin defunding syringe exchange programs.

Design practices contribute to stabilization unit safety

June 30, 2017  |  Peter J. Pinkerton and Judy L. Johnson
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Providing safety and dignity in facility design can be beneficial to the healing process.

How to manage bad debt

February 14, 2017  |  Brian Albright
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With more patients covered under high-deductible plans or Medicaid managed care plans, the new payer mix has shifted more of the burden for payment onto the patient and collection onto the provider.

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.

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