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. 35, No. 2, Spring

5 Building Blocks Drive toward Centers of Excellence
When damage from a hurricane led to the closure of Vermont's only state-run psychiatric facility, the situation ultimately presented an unforeseen opportunity. In time, the facility transformed from "the scapegoat of the state mental health system" into...
5 Ways to Ensure Clean Claims
When it comes to filing insurance claims, a lot can go wrong. Coding errors and accidental omissions can ultimately delay payments to providers. Therefore it's important for all stakeholders involved to strive for "clean claims" that are processed the...
Aac under Fire as Its Portfolio Grows
With its new capital influx, American Addiction Centers (AAC) has been on a spree, finalizing several expansions over the past few months. However, a recent online article written by Bleecker Street, which is shorting AAC's stock, has prompted an investigation...
Concord's Acquisition Model Reinforces Small Treatment Centers
Owners of treatment centers often feel today's business complexity distracts them more and more from their mission of helping patients in need. Many are tempted just to sell the facility outright. Concord Behavioral Health, a new startup based in Nashville,...
Does It Pay to Be a Health Home?
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) established Medicaid Health Homes to help better coordinate care for seriously ill patients. There are now 16 states operating 20 different health home models and serving more than 1 million patients.Designated health homes...
FYI
Eating Recovery Center has announced the opening of its newest treatment center, Eating Recovery Center of Ohio, in the Hyde Park area of Cincinnati. The center will offer comprehensive outpatient programs for adults, adolescents and families.Castlewood...
Icd-10 Testing Reveals Potential Challenges
I had two conversations recently about ICD-10 "end-to-end testing." The first was with an EHR vendor who was asking how much testing is enough to be certain claims will get processed correctly after October 1, 2015. The second was about the results of...
Medicare Plan Launches Addiction Screening Services
Independence at Home, which is operated by SCAN Health Plan, has added a new program for older adults that provides screening, assessment, counseling, brief therapy and action planning for individuals who may be misusing alcohol, drugs or prescription...
National Council Dives Deeply into Big Picture Healthcare Trends
It is quite possibly the best of times in behavioral health, according to Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health. A national parity law came on the scene in 2008, the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, and subsequent...
Preferred Family Healthcare
St. Louis, MissouriPreferred Family Healthcare's (PFH) newest substance abuse and behavioral health facility opened its doors last September in Dutchtown West, a neighborhood of South St. Louis that's reverberating with revitalization.Residing in a gated...
Proposed Policy Could Eliminate Insurance Denials
Providers in New Jersey are optimistic about state senate bill S2180, which would no longer allow managed care organizations to apply utilization management to behavioral healthcare services. It's an extreme measure. If passed, it would be the first...
Resilience Is Needed in the Recovery Journey
The name Jessie Close may not ring a bell for you, but her sister's name, Glenn Close-the actress-probably will. I just finished reading Jessies book, released in January, that apdy enough is entitled Resilience. Jessie was diagnosed with bipolar disorder...
Samhsa Barometer Shows 6% Increase in Treatment Utilization
In its recently released "National Behavioral Health Barometer," SAMHSA found several positive trends among the key measures for youth, but there are still significant opportunities for improving measures for all populations, especially in utilization...
Teams Must Follow Best Practices in Succession Planning
Few decisions are more important for a behavioral healthcare organization than the choice of who will lead it today and for the future. When senior executives leave an organization through retirement, choice or more controversial reasons, how well that...
Tight Budgets Push Centers to Consider Managed Care Contracts
Treatment facilities continue to feel the pressure of high patient demand while reimbursements and government incentives remain low. Many facilities are exploring the potential of private payers, although that process can have costs of its own.In order...
Top 3 Growth Areas
Rebounding state budgets, new legislation and a growing number of insured Americans have set the stage for significant growth opportunities in the behavioral healthcare space. However, each organization will need to assess its best prospects to reach...
Walk-In Behavioral Health Clinics Emerge as Potential Trend
Historically, if a person with behavioral health issues needed immediate attention, there were only two viable options: a trip to the emergency department or a phone call to a 24-hour crisis hotline.Now, the emerging trend in walk-in behavioral health...
What Investors Are Looking For
With the expansion of insurance coverage and the heightened demand for treatment, the stage is set for the behavioral healthcare segment to come into its own. As a result, new investors are looking for opportunities: specifically, treatment centers with...
Why You Need to Conspire with Chiropractors
While you might cross paths with integrative providers such as acupuncturists or chiropractors now and then, an inconspicuous Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision should give you a new reason to conspire with these folks. ACA Section 2706 says that as...
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