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February 12, 2019

Essential strategies for creating work-life balance as a therapist Therapists are in the business of compassion. Many are naturally inclined toward high sensitivity to others, even outside the context of work. Overextending one’s sympathy can contribute to burnout or compassion fatigue, which is why it is so important as a therapist to be able to…
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January 23, 2019

Is it winter blues, or time to see a professional? The middle of winter can be a trying time. It’s common to experience some strange emotional dynamics on account of the shorter solar cycle, particularly for people that work full-time indoors. Often times one may observe a lapse in motivation or energy. As easy as…
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January 16, 2019

Considerations for creating an effective behavioral health business plan To compare a private behavioral health practice to a retail store might seem like an awkward juxtaposition to some. After all, a retail consumer and a client suffering from mental illness have two distinct sets of needs that have little in common. But at the end…
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December 21, 2018

Five organizations that are definitely worth your attention The behavioral health industry continues to make strides thanks in no small part to the many organizations and professionals that work within it. Progress is the result of dedication to care, research, and advocacy, demonstrated quite often by nonprofit and charitable organizations across the United States. In…
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December 17, 2018

On December 10th, 2018, Valant hosted a webinar on the nuances of Medicaid requirements in the state of Kansas. Kansas has recently undergone some significant changes as far as regulatory bodies are concerned, from the transferring of Medicaid management systems to managed care organizations, to updated policy of its Medicaid program, the aptly-named “KanCare”. To…
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December 5, 2018

What it takes to thrive as an organization amid uncertainty Recent history has shown some of the most significant healthcare-related shakeups on a national level, but each state has experienced its own set of changes as well. In the state of Kansas, for example, debates over fee-for-service versus managed care models, the transferring of Medicaid…
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November 19, 2018

Characteristics, similarities, and unique diagnostic challenges Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by an ongoing pattern of varying moods, self-image, and behavior. While these symptoms usually result in impulsive behavior and difficulty maintaining personal relationships with others, they also, in many ways, resemble symptoms of other behavioral health problems, presenting a unique challenge for care…
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November 7, 2018

6 essential steps for successful enterprise software procurement Enterprise behavioral health organizations rely on technology for efficiency, workflow automation, and regulatory compliance. The shifting dynamics of health care mean that from time to time organizations must re-evaluate their technology needs and procure new solutions to help them achieve their goals. As an EHR solution impacts…
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October 22, 2018

A list of restaurants, bars, and activities compiled by Seattle natives The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s 65th Annual Meeting is this week, and out-of-town vendors and AACAP attendees alike might be wondering what there is to do in Seattle. There are of course the most typical destinations for sight-seeing, such as the…
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October 10, 2018

A response to Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why in the context of suicide awareness and prevention September was Suicide Prevention Awareness month. With the month recently passed, it’s important to carry the conversation about suicide forward in a safe and responsible way. Popular shows, such as Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, have sparked interest in the topic,…
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