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5 essential healthcare policy questions for candidates

September 17, 2018  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

As Election Day approaches, knowing where candidates stand on critical issues impacting our capacity to deliver care in the future is critical.

 

Addressing the crisis in older adult mental health

May 17, 2018  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

We can predict that by 2060, more than 20 million seniors will be in need of some form of behavioral health services. Yet, at present, behavioral health services for seniors are at best an afterthought. Little or no focus exists on this issue in our key...

Advocates inch closer to a national PDMP

March 23, 2018  |  Nicole Stempak
article

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.

Apple brings medical records to the iPhone

January 24, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news

Apple has announced that it is launching a feature that will allow consumers to see their medical records on their iPhones. It's a far-reaching platform, considering that in 2016 alone, Apple sold 211.88 million iPhones.

Messaging often fails to meet HIPAA requirements

July 6, 2017  |  David Raths
article

Providers like the convenience of messaging colleagues and patients, not realizing that they could be violating HIPAA regulations by sending protected health information. It’s a fairly common problem.

How technology improves operations

May 3, 2017  |  Alicia Hoisington
article

Clinical and administrative teams see advantages in today’s customized, digital enterprise systems.

The necessity of a national decarceration strategy

February 12, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

National concern continues to center on the profound and persistent problem of excessive incarceration in city and county jails, and the enmeshment of persons with mental and substance use conditions in the jails.

How to comply with patient record requests

February 6, 2017  |  David Raths
article

Providers must confer with federal HIPAA guidance as well as state laws permitting patients access to their clinical records upon request.

ICD and DSM coding compliance will be important in 2020 and beyond

November 4, 2016  |  Lisette Wright
blog

Many providers have had a couple rounds of behavioral health reimbursement denials in the last year, which leaves the clinician and organization at risk.

4 steps to prepare for HIE participation

September 16, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

HIEs can help providers offer a higher quality of care that reflects well in a value-based payment model, but significant groundwork must be completed before participating.

Implement and track the new metrics and quality measures

August 2, 2016  |  Lisette Wright
blog

How do you prepare your organization to engage a model of care that emphasizes value, measures and population health reporting? Let’s start with some simple concepts.

How to leverage population health strategies

July 12, 2016  |  Donna Marbury
article

Though challenges arise, it is essential that behavioral health providers create population health strategies to increase patient engagement and eventually cut healthcare costs.

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