Behavioral Healthcare

Behavioral Healthcare is a monthly newsletter published by the Vendome Group L.L.C. in New York, N.Y. Its subject is the business aspect of behavioral healthcare and its audience is comprised of professionals working in the healthcare field.

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 1, January

A Companion during Recovery
Sober companions can help clients transitioning to and from residential treatmentResidential treatment centers have given thousands upon thousands of alcoholics and addicts their start in recovery. The standard 28-day primary-treatment program is sufficient...
A Companion during Recovery: Sober Companions Can Help Clients Transitioning to and from Residential Treatment
Residential treatment centers have given thousands upon thousands of alcoholics and addicts their start in recovery. The standard 28-day primary treatment program is sufficient for clients entering the recovery process; however, research shows statistically...
Are You Ready to Take a R^sup 2^ISC?
An overview of a method for comparing software packagesTo ensure that your organization makes an educated software purchase, you need to know exactly what a software package can and cannot do before you sign on the dotted line. There is a good possibility...
Are You Ready to Take a [R.Sup.2]ISC? an Overview of a Method for Comparing Software Packages
To ensure that your organization makes an educated software purchase, you need to know exactly what a software package can and cannot do before you sign on the dotted line. There is a good possibility that no software package can do everything you...
A Storm Is Brewing
Recovery, not just symptom management, should be treatment's goalTreament for chemical dependency historically (at least in those programs embracing the 12-Step tradition) has been singularly focused in terms of outcome. The goal of treatment, both short...
A Storm Is Brewing: Recovery, Not Just Symptom Management, Should Be Treatment's Goal
Treatment for chemical dependency historically (at least in those programs embracing the 12-Step tradition) has been singularly focused in terms of outcome. The goal of treatment, both short and long term, has been recovery. It's a term that may be...
Behavioral Health Monitor
New Atypical AntipsychoticThe FDA has approved INVEGA(TM) (paliperidone) Extended-Release Tablets, a new atypical antipsychotic, for the treatment of schizophrenia. The once-daily oral medication is specifically designed to deliver paliperidone-the active...
Building a System of Care
Multiple stakeholders unite to reinvent a community's human services network BY MARTHA KAUFMANDuring a breakout session at the National Council for Community Behavioral Healtheares 2006 Annual Conference in Orlando, a psychiatrist described his disappointment...
Building a System of Care: Multiple Stakeholders Unite to Reinvent a Community's Human Services Network
During a breakout session at the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare's 2006 Annual Conference in Orlando, a psychiatrist described his disappointment and growing concern about the condition of his community's mental health system,...
Considering the Costs of Bipolar Depression
More research is needed on the impact of untreated bipolar depression on societyConsumers increasingly are recognizing that depression is one of the most costly of all health problems. Employer-purchasers especially are concerned about depression because...
Considering the Costs of Bipolar Depression: More Research Is Needed on the Impact of Untreated Bipolar Depression on Society
Consumers increasingly are recognizing that depression is one of the most costly of all health problems. Employer-purchasers especially are concerned about depression because so much of the societal burden associated with this illness is related to...
Contract Language That Suits Your Needs
Tips for negotiating software agreements BY MARK HAGLANDAs more and more behavioral health organizations adopt software solutions for administrative, clinical, and financial functions, executives are learning that implementing organization-wide information...
Contract Language That Suits Your Needs: Tips for Negotiating Software Agreements
As more and more behavioral health organizations adopt software solutions for administrative, clinical, and financial functions, executives are learning that implementing organization-wide information systems is a far cry from going to Best Buy and...
Creating an Educational Environment
A behavioral health provider creates schools tailored to the needs of children with autismNHS Human Services in Pennsylvania has created "autism schools" to set a new standard tor integrating the best of behavioral health and educational service delivery...
Creating an Educational Environment: A Behavioral Health Provider Creates Schools Tailored to the Needs of Children with Autism
NHS Human Services in Pennsylvania has created "autism schools" to set a new standard for integrating the best of behavioral health and educational service delivery models to meet the varied needs of students with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)....
Examining Phrenology
This pseudoscience did have some influence on modern understanding of the brainWhile browsing an antique store specializing in Victorian material, we happened to spy a white porcelain bust with lines sectioning off numbered areas on its skull. The shop...
Examining Phrenology: This Pseudoscience Did Have Some Influence on Modern Understanding of the Brain
While browsing an antique store specializing in Victorian material, we happened to spy a white porcelain bust with lines sectioning off numbered areas on its skull. The shop owner remarked, "That's the phrenology head," and told us that Orson and Lorenzo...
From Bed-and-Breakfast to Treatment Center
A former country inn offers a rehabilitative setting for substance use treatmentThis past summer, Harvard Medical School affiliate McLean Hospital opened the McLean Center at Fernside, a residential treatment program for individuals with substance use...
From Bed-and-Breakfast to Treatment Center: A Former Country Inn Offers a Rehabilitative Setting for Substance Use Treatment
This past summer, Harvard Medical School affiliate McLean Hospital opened the McLean Center at Fernside, a residential treatment program for individuals with substance use disorders, as well as those with co-occurring psychiatric illnesses. In addition...
From Red to Blue
The nation shifts toward the left-and greater interest in behavioral health policy?The 2006 midterm elections brought changes few thought possible a year ago. I he Democratic Party regained control of the U.S. House of Representatives tor the first time...
From Red to Blue: The Nation Shifts toward the Left-And Greater Interest in Behavioral Health Policy?
The 2006 midterm elections brought changes few thought possible a year ago. The Democratic Party regained control of the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in 12 years, elevating San Francisco congresswoman Nancy Pelosi to Speaker of...
Igniting Concern
A fatal Missouri fire presents an opportunity to revisit fire safety issuesAdministrators of residential facilities for people with mental illness and/or substance use disorders have a lot on their minds. Keeping residents sate is one of their highest...
Igniting Concern: A Fatal Missouri Fire Presents an Opportunity to Revisit Fire Safety Issues
Administrators of residential facilities for people with mental illness and/or substance use disorders have a lot on their minds. Keeping residents safe is one of their highest priorities, and a recent tragedy in Missouri could give them pause to reexamine...
Let's Talk about Solutions
Organizational leaders can he role models for promoting recovery-based conversationsHave you ever noticed how most conversations begin between behavioral health professionals and people receiving services? From our experience, the conversation usually...
Let's Talk about Solutions: Organizational Leaders Can Be Role Models for Promoting Recovery-Based Conversations
Have you ever noticed how most conversations begin between behavioral health professionals and people receiving services? From our experience, the conversation usually begins by identifying the presenting problem and goes downhill from there, becoming...
Making Headlines
A North Carolina agency develops a publication to inform the community about available social services BY GINA DEMENTFive County Mental Health Authority in Henderson, North Carolina, and the Daily Dispatch of Henderson won the National Council for Community...
Making Headlines: A North Carolina Agency Develops a Publication to Inform the Community about Available Social Services
Five County Mental Health Authority in Henderson, North Carolina, and the Daily Dispatch of Henderson won the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare's Excellence in Media and Journalism Award in April. In July 2005 we published Positive...
Managing the Revenue Cycle
Available technologies can help an organization improve its bottom line BY STEPHEN A. WOOD, FHIMSSThe financial situation of most behavioral health organizations (BHOs) is changing rapidly. Although changes vary from state to state, the trend toward...
Managing the Revenue Cycle: Available Technologies Can Help an Organization Improve Its Bottom Line
The financial situation of most behavioral health organizations (BHOs) is changing rapidly. Although changes vary from state to state, the trend toward more and complex funding and billing requirements is clear. Payer pressure around funding and payments...
NPI Deadline Is Fast Approaching
Providers are required to obtain a National Provider Identifier by May 23 BY MICHAEL LEVIN-EPSTEINThe deadline tor obtaining a National Provider Identifier (NPI) is fast approaching. Under HIPAA rules, by May 23, 2007, healthcare providers must obtain...
NPI Deadline Is Fast Approaching: Providers Are Required to Obtain a National Provider Identifier by May 23
The deadline for obtaining a National Provider Identifier (NPI) is fast approaching. Under HIPAA rules, by May 23, 2007, healthcare providers must obtain an NPI for use in submitting standard electronic claims and eligibility inquiries to Medicare...
Our IT Coverage
This issue's cover stories focus on information technology, a topic we cover in some form or another in every issue of Behavioral Healthcare. In fact, I am committed to having even more articles on IT in 2007. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Covering...
Scraping for Evidence
We have little evidence of the safety and effectiveness of mental health treatments for childrenLimited access to mental healthcare, often based on inadequate empirical evidence, leads to interior care for too many children and adolescents. This dilemma...
Scraping for Evidence: We Have Little Evidence of the Safety and Effectiveness of Mental Health Treatments for Children
Limited access to mental healthcare, often based on inadequate empirical evidence, leads to inferior care for too many children and adolescents. This dilemma has reached a critical juncture, and the situation must improve or an entire generation of...
Uncle Sam's Role in Staff Training
The federal government needs to again play a major role in clinical and leadership trainingThe opening lines of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities come to mind when I think about human resources in the mental health and substance use fields: "It was...
Uncle Sam's Role in Staff Training: The Federal Government Needs to Again Play a Major Role in Clinical and Leadership Training
The opening lines of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities come to mind when I think about human resources in the mental health and substance use fields: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...." We spend about 80 cents of every treatment...
We Must Become More Involved
Ending provider organizations' social isolation will help end clients' social marginalization BY KENNETH JUEMany people in our communities still fear individuals with mental illness, which is not surprising given that the general public continues to...
We Must Become More Involved: Ending Provider Organizations' Social Isolation Will Help End Clients' Social Marginalization
Many people in our communities still fear individuals with mental illness, which is not surprising given that the general public continues to see distorted, hurtful images of mental illness through the media. In fact, not long ago I watched a TV program...
Working on the Field's Behalf
The BHS Workgroup keeps the field's interests in national JT discussionsThe National Health Information Infrastructure initiative seeks to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and overall quality of health and healrhcare. Its two goals are to achieve...
Working on the Field's Behalf: The BHS Workgroup Keeps the Field's Interests in National IT Discussions
The National Health Information Infrastructure initiative seeks to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and overall quality of health and healthcare. Its two goals are to achieve by 2014: (1) widespread adoption of electronic health records (EHRs),...