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Journal Cover   Behavioral Healthcare
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   ISSN (Print) 1931-7093
   Published by Vendome Group Homepage  [3 journals]
  • Your ‘Top 10’ ICD-10 codes
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: With the countdown clock ticking away, here is a handy list of some codes you might want to have at your fingertips. The official countdown clock at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is keeping  time down to the very last second leading up to the ICD-10 deadline. On October 1, healthcare providers must throw out the old version 9 codes and begin using the new version 10 codes or they risk not getting paid. At least CMS is trying to be helpful in shepherding us all through the process. read more
      PubDate: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:02:37 +000
       
  • Understand the etiology of workplace violence
    • Authors: H. Steven Moffic
      Abstract: In light of the recent violence in Virginia, there is greater context to consider our ethical responsibility to address societal issues that damage mental health. On August 26, the worst kind of workplace violence took place: the murder of two employees of station WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Va., by a former co-worker. Our own mental healthcare workplaces are not immune to murder, either, even if we are experts in mental disorders. Though also rare, psychiatrists and other staff have been murdered at our workplaces. Moreover, despite our general expertise, we are not good at predicting future violence. read more
      PubDate: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:25:59 +000
       
  • Vermont final state to adopt e-Rx for pain drugs
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: With Vermont?s new policy, all states now allow for electronic prescribing. One benefit is the anticipated reduction in fradulent or forged paper-and-pen prescriptions. Last week, Vermont enacted a policy to allow for electronic prescribing of controlled substances such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine—the final state in the nation to do so. One benefit is the anticipated reduction in bogus paper-and-pen prescriptions. “Throwing out the prescription pad and opting for an electronic process makes it easier for patients to get the medications they need while helping to prevent fraud and abuse,” said Tom Skelton, CEO of Surescripts, a pharmacy benefit manager, in a statement. read more
      PubDate: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:25:57 +000
       
  • The issue is gun control
    • Authors: Ron Manderscheid
      Abstract: Mental health should never be confused with other pressing social issues. A case in point is the confusion of mental health with the urgent need for national gun control legislation. Mental health should never be confused with other pressing social issues. Yet, this very important principle is violated frequently. A case in point is the confusion of mental health with the urgent need for national gun control legislation. read more
      PubDate: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:45:39 +000
       
  • Opioid crisis gaining attention
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: Several national and local efforts in August cast the opioid-abuse crisis in a larger context. Observers would like to see more policies directed toward prevention, treatment and coordination of services. Several national and local efforts in August cast the opioid-abuse crisis in a larger context. Observers would like to see more policies directed toward prevention, accessible treatment options and coordination of services overall. read more
      PubDate: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:10:50 +000
       
  • Clinicians track sleep cycles with wearable devices
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: Mountainside Treatment Center is now using wearable devices to help patients thwart insomnia and sleep deprivation issues. Wearable health and fitness devices seem to be as universal as mobile phones these days. The Fitbits, Jawbones, FuelBands and others are presenting new opportunities for treatment centers. read more
      PubDate: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:47:35 +000
       
  • Fraud Force nabs therapists in Florida
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: Three mental health therapists and a medical director were convicted of healthcare fraud in a scheme to bill Medicare and Medicaid more than $63 million. This week, a federal jury in Miami convicted three therapists and a medical director of healthcare fraud in a scheme to bill Medicare and Florida Medicaid more than $63 million, of which, approximately $28 million was reimbursed. Roger Rousseau, Doris Crabtree, Angela Salafia, and Liliana Marks were found guilty and will be sentenced on November 6. read more
      PubDate: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:06:26 +000
       
  • View Medicaid providers as investment opportunities
    • Authors: BHdealinsiderblog
      Abstract: Medicaid reimbursement won’t be the only factor evaluated by savvy private equity investors in behavioral health.Care coordination and shared savings arrangements stand to add value. Private equity investment in behavioral health has historically been limited to practices that cater to self-pay individuals or to the well-insured. Indeed, the term “treatment center,” to some, even conjures up images of spa-like facilities that cater to the rich and relapsing. But we expect to see new interest growing in investing in practices that serve low-income individuals— and for good reason. The financial opportunities now inherent in providing such care could help spur improved access and outcomes for individuals of all incomes across the country. read more
      PubDate: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:14:34 +000
       
  • Our destination is dignity
    • Authors: Ron Manderscheid
      Abstract: With the clarion cry, “Our destination is dignity,” they set out across the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The Destination Dignity March proved to be a landmark event in the annals of American mental health. With the clarion cry, “Our destination is dignity,” they set out across the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on one of the hottest days of our southern summer. They came from all corners of America—California, Georgia, and New York—with the solitary purpose of seeking dignity for all persons with mental illness. What a noble goal for very honorable people. read more
      PubDate: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:31:26 +000
       
  • Community initiatives to promote health and wellbeing
    • Authors: Ron Manderscheid
      Abstract: There are roles that communities must play in altering the calculus through which the negative social and physical determinants of health cause disease and disability in community members. The approach of Fall often signals renewed energy in our local communities—those places we call home and to which most of us feel strong allegiance and commitment. At this time of year, many local communities conduct a United Way campaign, families gather on local soccer and football fields, neighborhood schools and community centers are full of life, and we truly see our own communities in action. read more
      PubDate: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:55:12 +000
       
 
 
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