Category: Mental Health Regulations

ICD-10 Cheat Sheet

July 26, 2017

An expanded cheat sheet for common behavioral health codes. A testament to the nature of the healthcare industry, changes occur continuously and challenge the ways we use technology, apply care, and even classify diagnoses. The familiarity and instinctiveness that comes with decades of ICD-9 usage simply won’t disappear overnight for most providers, despite the ICD-10…
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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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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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December 20, 2016

In 2015, President Obama signed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) into law. The legislative support for the bill’s passing was overwhelmingly bipartisan, indicating its significance in the effort to reform health care in the United States. Changes are coming that will affect the dynamics of Medicare reporting and reimbursement in behavioral health….
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December 6, 2016

The impact of changing requirements and how to maximize business efficiency through them The governance of health care is an ongoing process. Newly elected officials may bring widespread change, lawmakers revise existing regulation, and new knowledge and technology challenge us to rethink old paradigms. In short, federal and state healthcare mandates are always changing. Even…
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August 22, 2016

5 steps to increase preparation in a private behavioral health practice. Audits are a nominal part of worklife for publicly funded behavioral healthcare organizations, but even small private practices are subjected to them from time to time. Some private practices get anxious at the thought of an audit. Others feel confident. The difference between the…
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August 4, 2016

Quick tips for behavioral health practices HIPAA compliance is an important aspect of running a behavioral health practice, as the mismanagement of privacy measures could result in significant consequences for both patient and provider. Similar to the popular healthcare mantra, “an ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure”, taking proactive measures to maintain compliance…
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June 22, 2016

Technology’s role in the migration to integrated care in Washington. Healthcare is dynamic: the needs of the industry evolve over time, medical research inspires new methods of care, and new regulatory measures are introduced in an attempt to produce the best possible population outcomes. Time moves forward and the only thing that remains consistent is…
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June 2, 2016

Technology, the quadruple aim, and the ambitious goals of the “lab state”. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is preparing to ask the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for approval of an ambitious plan to enhance the state’s Medicaid program. The plan is essentially a two-pronged effort to improve the…
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April 14, 2016

What the 90% federal match of funds might mean for you or your organization The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a guidance memo in February 2016 revising the scope of federal incentives under the Meaningful Use (MU) program. The memo supersedes that of the previous guidelines published in 2013, and is…
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