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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.

Differentiation drives marketing plans

October 23, 2015  |  Joanne Sammer

In the increasingly sophisticated digital marketing world, treatment centers are looking to differentiate their offerings and maximize their reach.

‘Big data’ is already here

September 23, 2015  |  David Raths

While the idea of distilling terabytes of patient data into everyday practice might seem far-fetched, big data is already here—even for behavioral health.

ICD-10 concerns remain, two weeks to go

September 17, 2015  |  Lisette Wright

With less than two weeks to go until ICD-10, the behavioral health industry continues to struggle with understanding what is happening, why, and the impact to clients, providers and paychecks.


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