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. 2, February

Accreditation
In this issue of Behavioral Healthcare, our cover stories' focus is accreditation. The following articles provide updates on recent initiatives and standards changes at four accrediting organizations active in the behavioral health field, commonly...
A Weekly Dose of Recovery Information
We all probably have had the experience of attending a training event and getting very excited about implementing new recovery-oriented ideas once we return to work. But when Monday morning rolls around, and we're taced with all the work that wasn't...
A Weekly Dose of Recovery Information: Weekly Refresher Courses Can Help Sustain Recovery Principles and Practices
We all probably have had the experience of attending a training event and getting very excited about implementing new recovery-oriented ideas once we return to work. But when Monday morning rolls around, and we're faced with all the work that wasn't...
Become an Employer of Choice
Is your organization going to win in the upcoming war for talent? If you can gain a reputation for being the best employer in your geographic area, prospective employees will start seeing you as an "employer of choice." In this short article, I will...
Become an Employer of Choice: How to Attract and Retain High-Quality Employees
Is your organization going to win in the upcoming war for talent? If you can gain a reputation for being the best employer in your geographic area, prospective employees will start seeing you as an "employer of choice." In this short article, I will...
Behavioral Health Monitor
Employee Assistance CompendiumThe third edition of The International Employee Assistance Compendium is available as a hardcopy or pdf. More than 40 countries are represented, including some new to this edition. Detailed information is provided on each...
Careers Based on Personal Experience
Shawn Caroll Palmer is the first person you encounter if you are looking tor help at General Montgomery Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center, a community mental health center in Norristown, Pennsylvania. "When you come in, my office is right there,"...
Careers Based on Personal Experience: Peer Specialists Have Created the Peer Specialist Alliance of America
Shawn Carroll Palmer is the first person you encounter if you are looking for help at Central Montgomery Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center, a community mental health center in Norristown, Pennsylvania. "When you come in, my office is right...
Emphasizing Best Practices
When the Council on Accreditation (COA) began revising its standards in 2002 tor the human service field, including behavioral healthcare providers, it was with the goal of documenting best practices clearly linked to positive outcomes. As a result,...
Ensuring Quality and Safety
Beneath the visible features of a high-quality behavioral health program is a multilayered organization that depends on the coordination of many systems. While the patient sees mostly clinical personnel, patient safety and positive outcomes are grounded...
Facility Design Showcase
The Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas is a 190-bed facility for adults with serious mental illness that opened late last summer. The single-story hospital, modeled after a smaller facility in Sparks, Nevada, aims to offer patients, staff,...
Focusing on Integration
Discussion around the need tor integration of behavioral health and primary care, while certainly becoming more prevalent, is definitely not new. But within the past couple years ihe dialogue has become universal. The Institute of Medicine's Crossing...
Getting to 'Yes in My Backyard'
In Massachusetts there is growing resistance to locating behavioral health (or similar) programs in many communities. Yet despite opening eight new sices in the past five years (six of them residential). Riverside Community Care has experienced remarkably...
Getting to 'Yes in My Backyard': One Provider's Model for Educating Concerned Neighbors
In Massachusetts there is growing resistance to locating behavioral health (or similar) programs in many communities. Yet despite opening eight new sites in the past five years (six of them residential), Riverside Community Care has experienced remarkably...
Learning from History
Lawsuits brought against mental healthcare providers frequently involve claims of sexual misconduct, patient violence, suicide malpractice, and medication errors. In each type of claim, the allegations tend to he similar. Thus, effective risk management...
Learning from History: Providers Can Take Important Lessons Away from Their Peers' Mistakes
Lawsuits brought against mental healthcare providers frequently involve claims of sexual misconduct, patient violence, suicide malpractice, and medication errors. In each type of claim, the allegations tend to be similar. Thus, effective risk management...
Letter
Justice for people with disabilitiesDear Mr. Edwards,I am responding to your December 2006 editorial "Bench Strength," concerning individuals with mental illness needing more support from state and federal legislators to ensure that they receive the...
Making Data Analysis Easier
For each client served, behavioral healthcare providers enter thousands of data elements into their information systems. Provider organizations need these data to perform billing functions and meet governmental reporting obligations. With the advent...
Making Data Analysis Easier: New Tools Can Help Providers Make Data-Driven Decisions
For each client served, behavioral healthcare providers enter thousands of data elements into their information systems. Provider organizations need these data to perform billing functions and meet governmental reporting obligations. With the advent...
Not Resting on ITs Laurels
In 2001, Heritage Behavioral Health in Decatur, Illinois, won a prestigious Davits Award for the development of a computerized medical record that significantly improved its client operational services, especially in the areas or documentation and support...
Not Resting on ITs Laurels: Continuous Improvement Is the Goal for IT Operations at Heritage Behavioral Health
In 2001, Heritage Behavioral Health in Decatur, Illinois, won a prestigious Davies Award for the development of a computerized medical record that significantly improved its client operational services, especially in the areas of documentation and...
Obama's Vision
A few weeks ago, Sen. Barack Obama told a healthcare advocacy group that he was determined to have universal healthcare coverage in America by 2013. Among other presidential hopefuls calling for universal healthcare coverage are Sen. Hillary Clinton,...
Our Need for 'General Contractors'
Consider the following: You have just completed work with an architect to design a wonderful new house for your family. Alter you purchase the site, one team comes to dig and pour the foundation, and another comes to construct the walls. However, the...
Our Need for 'General Contractors': The Foundation of Proper Behavioral Healthcare Depends on Care Continuity
Consider the following: You have just completed work with an architect to design a wonderful new house for your family. After you purchase the site, one team comes to dig and pour the foundation, and another comes to construct the walls. However, the...
Refining Requirements
While accreditation standards and survey processes for behavioral healthcare organizations accredited by the Joint Commission have not changed significantly, several notable refinements take effect for 2007.Behavioral Health-Specific TracersTo better...
Technology That Informs Treatment
Not many years ago, Texas state officials found that addiction treatment provider organizations' clinical care documentation was dangerously inconsistent and incomplete. According to state records, 42 of 63 patient charts evaluated in a 1999 random review...
Technology That Informs Treatment: An Award-Winning Electronic Health Record Gives Texas Addiction Providers Tools for Improvement
Not many years ago, Texas state officials found that addiction treatment provider organizations' clinical care documentation was dangerously inconsistent and incomplete. According to state records, 42 of 63 patient charts evaluated in a 1999 random...
The EHR Was Just the Beginning
This past October the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society announced that the Center for Behavioral Health (CBH) in Bloomingron, Indiana, won a Nicholas E. Davies Award for excellence in implementation of electronic health records-only...
The EHR Was Just the Beginning: Details on One Organization's In-House Development of a Clinical Decision Support System
This past October the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society announced that the Center for Behavioral Health (CBH) in Bloomington, Indiana, won a Nicholas E. Davies Award for excellence in implementation of electronic health records--only...
Time to Be Transparent and Accountable
Two of the latest buzzwords are transparency and accountability. It has become fashionable to speak about transparency in interactions, exchanges, business relationships, and service delivery. All levels of healthcare services have been examined through...
Time to Be Transparent and Accountable: We Have an Obligation to Make Sure Healthcare Dollars Are Spent Wisely
Two of the latest buzzwords are transparency and accountability. It has become fashionable to speak about transparency in interactions, exchanges, business relationships, and service delivery. All levels of healthcare services have been examined through...
Why Not Accreditation?
Many of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare's 1,300 members-community behavioral health organizations across the country-are accredited, most often by the Joint Commission or CARF. But some members operating in states that don't...
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