Behavioral Healthcare Executive

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. 9, September

A Heart That Keeps on Beating: Despite the Challenges during and after Hurricane Katrina, Memorial Behavioral Health Finds Ways to Provide Services
On August 27, 2005, 5,100 people gathered for the annual American Heart Association Heart Walk at Jones Park in Gulfport, Mississippi. The bright, hot, humid day was like any other Saturday in late August along the Gulf of Mexico. Yet if you looked...
Consider Creating Your Own It Product
The mental health treatment market has evolved into a competitive environment. Top-tier providers realize that to compete they must not only remain current in the services and programs they offer, but they must be prepared to invest in the necessary...
Consider Creating Your Own It Product: Vendors Cannot Meet Every Provider's Needs
The mental health treatment market has evolved into a competitive environment. Top-tier providers realize that to compete they must not only remain current in the services and programs they offer, but they must be prepared to invest in the necessary...
Data Collection with Recovery in Mind
Are you looking for another way to move your programs and services further into a recovery framework? Take a look at your data-collection system. It can help focus your organizational energy on data compatible with, instead of inconsistent with, the...
Data Collection with Recovery in Mind: Involve Service Users as Much as Possible
Are you looking for another way to move your programs and services further into a recovery framework? Take a look at your data-collection system. It can help focus your organizational energy on data compatible with, instead of inconsistent with, the...
EHRs: BACK TO THE BASIC BENEFITS
The popularity of electronic health records (EHRs) has reached a pinnacle. EHRs are now a topic of national debate, presidential candidates' platforms, and editorials in major newspapers. The move toward the National Health Information Network (NHIN)...
EHRs: Back to the Basic Benefits; It's Easy to Lose Sight of EHRs' Basic Advantages in Today's National Debate about Electronic Healthcare Technology
The popularity of electronic health records (EHRs) has reached a pinnacle. EHRs are now a topic of national debate, presidential candidates' platforms, and editorials in major newspapers. The move toward the National Health Information Network (NHIN)...
Improving Quality Step by Step
Editor's note: In pan one of this series in the August issue, Dr, Dougherty outlined the problems facing behavioral healthcare as it attempts to improve service quality. In the conclusion to this series, Dr. Dougherty outlines an approach that holds...
Improving Quality Step by Step: The Conclusion to a Two-Part Series about Improving the Quality of Behavioral Health Services
Editor's note: In part one of this series in the August issue, Dr. Dougherty outlined the problems facing behavioral healthcare as it attempts to improve service quality. In the conclusion to this series, Dr. Dougherty outlines an approach that holds...
Infrastructure
Our nation's infrastructure is aging. The tragic bridge collapse in Minneapolis last month was a stark reminder of the billions, if not trillions, of dollars needed to maintain, monitor, and update our transportation network, utilities, and other "background"...
Letters
Questioning a 'rosy' view of New Mexico's systemThe article "A New System for New Mexico" in the June issue provided a general overview of changes under way in New Mexico's behavioral healthcare system. The "Braided Funding" system, developed during...
Moving Our Joint Agenda
As the 2008 presidential election looms ever closer, leaders in the mental health and substance use care fields recognize that important opportunities, perhaps once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, will be lost without effective collaboration between the...
Moving Our Joint Agenda: Our Fields Need to Have a Larger Role in the 2008 Election
As the 2008 presidential election looms ever closer, leaders in the mental health and substance use care fields recognize that important opportunities, perhaps once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, will be lost without effective collaboration between the...
No Pain, No Gain
This past summer our national appetite for sensational and tragic stories of high-profile individuals was fed constant headlines about Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears. These two individuals provided material for every established and aspiring comedian,...
No Pain, No Gain; Our Society Emphasizes the Path of Least Resistance, Which Makes Working toward True Recovery Difficult
This past summer our national appetite for sensational and tragic stories of high-profile individuals was fed constant headlines about Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears. These two individuals provided material for every established and aspiring comedian,...
Software Design Is Serious Business
The behavioral healthcare field is one of quickly changing regulations, unique organizational missions, and complex local reporting requirements. With every new mandate, an electronic health record (EHR) software solution becomes more attractive to a...
Software Design Is Serious Business: Creating Your Own EHR System Entails Significant Time, Resources, and Risk
The behavioral healthcare field is one of quickly changing regulations, unique organizational missions, and complex local reporting requirements. With every new mandate, an electronic health record (EHR) software solution becomes more attractive to...
Software Ends Scheduling Headaches
With 130 beds, Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital is one of the busiest behavioral healthcare facilities in Illinois. For our hospital the process of manually generating equitable schedules for a staff of more than 300 nurses had become cumbersome....
Software Ends Scheduling Headaches: A Behavioral Health Hospital Reduces the Time Needed to Create Staff Schedules by Two-Thirds
With 130 beds, Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital is one of the busiest behavioral healthcare facilities in Illinois. For our hospital the process of manually generating equitable schedules for a staff of more than 300 nurses had become cumbersome....
Taking the LEED
With the goal of treating people with mental illnesses having moved from institutionalization to rehabilitation in the community, the mental healthcare landscape has transformed during the past 40 years. As the profession has evolved, designers of treatment...
Taking the LEED: A Profile of One Campus's Movement toward Being "Greener"
With the goal of treating people with mental illnesses having moved from institutionalization to rehabilitation in the community, the mental healthcare landscape has transformed during the past 40 years. As the profession has evolved, designers of...
The out of the Ordinary Can Lead to the Extraordinary
Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority (JPHSA) is an 18-year-old, locally governed, publicly funded provider of behavioral healthcare and developmental disability services on the east bank and west bank of the Mississippi River next to New Orleans....
The out of the Ordinary Can Lead to the Extraordinary: A Louisiana Human Services Agency Finds Ways to Improve Its Operations after Hurricane Katrina
Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority (JPHSA) is an 18-year-old, locally governed, publicly funded provider of behavioral healthcare and developmental disability services on the east bank and west bank of the Mississippi River next to New Orleans....
The Path to Healing
Life's journey does not follow a straight path. It involves twists and turns at different points along the way, and behavioral healthcare professionals can provide support during difficult times. As the need to find innovative approaches for therapeutic...
The Path to Healing: An Alabama Provider Adds a Labyrinth to Its Campus
Life's journey does not follow a straight path. It involves twists and turns at different points along the way, and behavioral healthcare professionals can provide support during difficult times. As the need to find innovative approaches for therapeutic...
Time to Take ACTION
This is an exciting moment in the field of behavioral health," says Dr. David H. Gustafson, director of the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx). "We've learned a great deal about what works for substance abuse treatment agencies....
Time to Take ACTION: A National Campaign Aims to Help Providers Increase Access to and Engagement in Addiction Treatment Services
This is an exciting moment in the field of behavioral health," says Dr. David H. Gustafson, director of the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx). "We've learned a great deal about what works for substance abuse treatment agencies....
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