Category: Best Practices in Behavioral Health

May 15, 2018

Part 2: integrating collaboration into the clinical process in 5 steps Time is a precious resource for any private behavioral health practice. Managing it effectively means smoothing out several interdependent clinical and administrative workflows, with documentation representing a significant part of that. Collaborative documentation can offer value in terms of both time and patient-provider interaction,…
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March 14, 2018

Karl Cline has worked in behavioral health for over 30 years, and is a specialist in making organizations profitable. He is currently CEO of Peak Wellness, the largest provider of comprehensive mental health and addiction recovery services in southeastern Wyoming. Although Peak has historically provided many valued services, the organization wasn’t operating at profitability, and…
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January 22, 2018

Part 1: The pros and cons of collaborative documentation When you think about clinical documentation, what does it represent for you and your practice? Depending on the practice, the answer may vary. For some, documentation is a struggle—even to the extent that providers hope for a no-show or a cancellation in order to spend the…
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December 26, 2017

Lauren Durant, PhD, is the CEO of B&D Integrated Health Services in North Carolina, and she is on a relentless pursuit of efficacious and culturally relevant evidence-based care models. The population that B&D serves depends largely on Medicaid and Medicare for support, thereby demanding Dr. Durant to demonstrate that her services bring value to her…
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November 30, 2017

“How’s work going?” “Stressful. We’re in the middle of an implementation.” This conversation happens too often. EHR implementations are typically time-consuming with inflexible project plans that demand adherence to foreign workflows. Not-too-surprisingly, EHR sales teams tend to keep this customer experience close to the chest, and are highly hesitant to share details of the implementation…
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October 16, 2017

As CEO of Ocean Mental Health Services in Ocean, NJ, Jim Cooney has been an advocate for ensuring quality mental health care reaches consumers. In an ever-changing landscape of economic models, sometimes Mr. Cooney’s ability to deliver on this mission is more challenging than it may appear. He has taken on the fight for better…
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October 2, 2017

Jonathan Woods of Comprehensive Mental Health Services discusses documentation and the continuity of care Producing positive results for patients in a behavioral healthcare setting is largely driven by the quality of documentation. Recording important details and measuring outcomes are quintessential aspects of an effective care strategy, and this is especially true when collaboration is required…
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September 29, 2017

David Lischner, MD, is the President, Chief Medical Officer, and Co-Founder of Valant. He’s also a practicing psychiatrist and Medical Director at Evidence-Based Treatment Centers of Seattle. Dr. Lischner is passionate about scaling high-quality health care making it available to all who need it. That’s why he started Valant, and why he decided to create…
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September 28, 2017

How to tell if you’re getting the best from your EHR When considering the most important things that might make an EHR solution or vendor appealing, how high up does great customer support rank? Customer support is generally the department that steps in when something’s wrong, so it might not seem important when evaluating an…
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August 9, 2017

How to calculate the monetary losses during a technology outage in six steps. Software uptime is important in keeping the wheels of any private behavioral health practice turning, and few would dispute that. When solutions go down, it can cause any number of problems for providers and patients alike. But it’s not always easy to…
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