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Where health IT is really headed

February 1, 2016  |  Lisette Wright

Population health is one of our ultimate goals, but you'll need to leverage your EHR and your data in increasingly more creative ways to reach that goal in the future. Here are some quick tips to start on the path.

Half of ACOs lack behavioral data

January 28, 2016  |  Julia Brown, Associate Editor

A new survey reveals that 53% of ACOs have not integrated data from behavioral health providers, largely because the data is protected and stored on disparate systems. 

Treatment works, right?

January 22, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

There’s an advocacy opportunity that no one’s grasping onto right now. What’s lacking in the industry messaging today is the idea that treatment works. It does work, doesn't it?

Retrospective audits must include parity discussion

January 11, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas is discontinuing the requirement for prior authorization of mental health services, however, the plan instead will audit providers retrospectively. 

Massachusetts aims to get a leg up on health IT

January 7, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Healthcare stakeholders in Massachusetts announced a new public-private partnership designed to accelerate digital healthcare in the state, including electronic health records, big data analytics and telemedicine among others.

Connecting behavioral health data and primary care

December 28, 2015  |  Heather Landi

During a webinar, two Colorado health information exchanges (HIEs) shared the challenges, including patient consent management, and initial successes of integrating behavioral health data into HIEs.

Our outrage can drive a decarceration movement

December 13, 2015  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD

We should not remain silent at the inhumane treatment and the lack of urgent care suffered by those with SUD who are so unfortunate that they become incarcerated in jails and prisons. But where should we start? 

ICD-11 represents an exciting initiative by WHO

December 10, 2015  |  Lisette Wright

The changes from ICD-10 to ICD-11 should be minimal. Regardless of when ICD-11 is adopted in the United States, it is imperative that we all be ready for it.

What Works: Ontario Shores goes all digital

December 9, 2015  |  Richard R. Rogoski

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Ontario, Canada, has been recognized for its strategic efforts to not only roll out an EHR, but also to tailor allied systems so that all data from all sources can be effectively integrated.

Depressed patients need humans, not computers

November 13, 2015  |  Lynne Shallcross

The lack of patient engagement in online CBT means these programs aren’t the panacea that busy doctors and cost-conscious healthcare officials might be hoping for.

Assess your EHR situation

November 9, 2015  |  Lisette Wright

The goals for the assessment are to ensure the EHR can support the clinical tasks and the end users workflow with minimal constraints, adverse impact or compromises to patient safety

Gaining perspective on Secretary Burwell’s 'value purchasing' initiative

November 5, 2015  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced a value purchasing initiative to move away from today’s encounter-based payment system toward case rates adjusted for level of performance.


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