April 14, 2017

The Three-Day Audit Jodi Province Counseling Services serves clients in five counties of North Carolina, and just had the most positive Medicaid audit possible. After hearing that the audit would come in 30 days, Jodi didn’t panic. Instead, she scanned her client records for any gaps and was soon ready. The Medicaid office told Jodi…
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April 25, 2017

The first reporting year for MACRA is well underway at this point, yet a number of rules introduced during the legislation’s rollout have yet to be finalized. CMS typically reserves the right to revise certain aspects of its published guidance as large-scale programs unfold and opportunities for improvement arise. According to healthcare intelligence firm Leavitt…
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April 18, 2017

Regulatory compliance is an ongoing challenge for private behavioral health practices. Different practices have different ways of ensuring compliance, and traditionally, enforcement has been subsumed into a supervisory or quality assurance role. But quality control in mental health often creates a workplace dynamic that feels a lot like babysitting, which is neither pleasant for clinicians…
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April 5, 2017

Remember the game Asteroids? At the risk of dating myself, I do. Asteroids came out in 1979 and was a great shoot ‘em up video game in which you blasted asteroids that flew relentlessly into your path. Being asteroids, they were unforgiving, destroying every ship they touched. If you somehow made it to the next…
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April 3, 2017

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Though alcohol can be used responsibly and is a significant facet of American culture, alcoholism is pervasive and destructive of individuals, families, and entire communities. Alcoholism can affect every aspect of a person’s life, including physical and emotional health, finances, and relationships, and is a much larger problem than many…
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March 29, 2017

A list of restaurants, bars, and activities compiled by Seattle natives NatCon 2017 is right around the corner, and some of you conference-goers from out of town might be wondering how best to spend your downtime. No doubt you’ve already heard about quintessential Seattle destinations, such as the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, or the…
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March 28, 2017

Rob Runquist M.B.A, is the CEO of CrossWinds Counseling and Wellness, one of the largest behavioral health organizations in central Kansas. He runs CrossWinds in the gentle balance between providing high quality, compassionate care and doing so in a lean and efficient way. Mr. Runquist’s business and financial savvy have earned him a reputation for…
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March 17, 2017

A quick breakdown of the first draft of the bill Earlier this month the House of Representatives laid out the initial draft of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). If approved, the much-anticipated legislation will repeal and replace several key aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) enacted by the incumbent Obama administration. Though the…
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March 9, 2017

Improving your success metrics in five steps What gets you out of bed and over to your practice each morning? Odds are that you think about something like meaningful work with your clients and the success of your practice as a business. But whatever your specific goals may be, how well you’re able to leverage…
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February 22, 2017

How to make sense of an apples-to-oranges comparison Shopping for the right mental health EHR can be challenging for private practices. Software vendors package feature sets and services in different ways, making it difficult to compare one solution to another. The search for the right mental health EHR often results in going too big (paying…
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February 20, 2017

Though too humble to say so himself, Joseph Bona, MD, MBA is the embodiment of the future of behavioral healthcare. As chief executive officer and former long-standing chief medical officer of DeKalb Community Service Board, one of the largest behavioral healthcare organizations in Georgia, Bona has direct insight into both the correlation between physical and…
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