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. 30, No. 10, November-December

Bathrooms Balance Comfort, Safety: Facilities Don't Have to Sacrifice a More Homelike Aesthetic to Reduce Risk in Patient Bathrooms
According to the Joint Commission, 75 percent of inpatient suicides take place in the bathroom, bedroom, or closet. While not every patient is intent on self-harm, facilities cannot afford the risk--both financial and moral--of leaving open opportunities...
CDS Systems Seek "Real Life" Data: Clinical Decision Support Systems Developers Say Vast Data Warehouses Are Needed for Individualized Treatment
Everyone is familiar with evidence based protocols (EBPs), the research-based guidelines or procedures used by clinicians to select and guide the course of individual treatment. EBPs originated to offer reliable guidance to clinicians, without the...
Game Change or Game over? Reengineering Transforms Major Policy, Payer Changes into Measurable Gains
"Unprecedented change" has been the buzzword in Indiana for the past year, as the state's behavioral health authority and Medicaid program announced sweeping changes in their service delivery and reimbursement systems. Indiana's transformation initiative...
Iraqi Professionals Experience Recovery: Substance-Use Treatment Team Seeks to Build "Center of Excellence" in Baghdad
With knowledge gained in a four-week learning tour of INOVA Hospital's Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Services (CATS, Fairfax, Va.), UCLA's Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (PS-ATTC, Los Angeles), Johns Hopkins University,...
Monitoring Pediatric Antidepressant Use: An Automated Clinical Monitoring System-Benefits Patients, Lightens Load on Families and Providers
Newer antidepressants are an important treatment option to be considered for youth with some of the most common and life-threatening psychiatric illnesses. There have, however, been significant controversies about possible severe adverse effects of...
Remembering Why, How, and What For
As the U.S. and other western nations rebuild from the worst economic circumstances since the Great Depression, millions of people have had to face the threat of fearful losses: loss of job, loss of income, loss of home, and loss of security. [ILLUSTRATION...
Sexual Health Groups Help Patients Avoid Relapses: Breaking Powerful Drug-Sex Links during Treatment Improves Recovery Prospects
When substance abuse treatment providers first hear about the sexual health curriculum developed by Douglas Braun-Harvey, MFT, CGP, CST, they think it's about sex addiction, sex linked to crystal methamphetamine, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy,...
Thoughts on Improving Integration: Sharing Worries-And Opportunities-As Primary Care and Behavioral Health Get Together
In part two of our conversation with Harvey Rosenthal, executive director of the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, Inc. (NYAPRS), Harvey offers insights that we hope will take you to new depths in thinking through the integration...
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