Behavioral health executives are invited to form staff teams and join a growing group of learning network members in the latest round of “BHbusiness” courses, which are now accepting applications. Funded by SAMHSA and provided to participants at no cost, BHbusiness courses were created and are taught by behavioral health leaders and experts in business. The project is led by State Associations of Addiction Services (SAAS) in partnership with NIATx, the National Council for Behavioral Health, and Advocates for Human Potential (AHP).
BHbusiness offers a series of online courses, ranging in length from 16 to 24 weeks, that are designed to help executives prepare their organizations to meet the latest challenges of the evolving healthcare marketplace. Each course blends online training, peer networking, and practical application to one of five core competencies:
- strategic business planning,
- third-party billing and compliance,
- eligibility and enrollment,
- third-party contract negotiation, or
- meaningful use of healthcare technology.
Each of the five courses also include dedicated coaching, peer networking, and access to an extensive library of resources.
Participating provider teams are grouped into learning networks – a group of carefully matched organizations – with a dedicated coach and access to follow the online curriculum at their own pace. One of the biggest reported benefits of the program is access to these coaches and the peer networking that helps provider organizations learn best industry practices from experts and from each other. Time commitment typically involves about two hours per week.
According to Becky Vaughn, CEO of State Associations of Addiction Services (SAAS), the lead partner in the BHbusiness program, the first round of BHbusiness courses attracted some 900 participants. BHbusiness encourages associations and organizations to bring provider groups together into “convened” learning networks to maximize peer networking and cross-fertilization among similar providers. Individual providers may also apply and will be matched to learning networks based on their interest.