800,000 individuals presently sit on waitlists across the nation for Medicaid waiver services. These numbers mounting every year. In response, the Biden-Harris administration is increasing community support through the American Rescue Plan. The funding might be the beginning of a larger shift in the way society views substance abuse and behavioral healthcare moving forward. Eliminating the HCBS waitlists (home- and community-based services) will be a dazzling start.
The American Rescue Plan Can Eliminate HCBS Waitlists and Address Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Crises
October 19, 2021
September 7, 2021
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity,” said Albert Einstein. This is a truth witnessed over and over in the disruption caused by the pandemic. Indeed, amidst the fear and hardships, revelations of sparkling new ideas, technology, data-driven solutions and cross-discipline team cooperation led the behavioral health industry to a sea of change and opportunity. The second half of 2021 is an open door all about preparation and using the slowdown to address long-term problems. Below, consider the 2021 behavioral health challenges, which may have initially felt like slamming doors.
August 24, 2021
July is Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month – a month dedicated to growing public awareness of mental health, including mental illness among communities of Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), and the life of Bebe Moore Campbell, an author and advocate who worked to end stigma and promote education of mental health among diverse communities.
Practical Use Cases for Providers in Becoming Data-Driven With Behavioral Health Software and Interoperability
July 21, 2021
Many providers believe that adopting the latest behavioral health software will help them adapt to the new digital landscape. Yet, the wide-scale changes in the industry during 2020 and 2021 are proving that being connected is more important than just using complicated systems. Behavioral health interoperability drives a data-driven approach. Here are practical use cases to help transform practices into data-driven providers.
Although the coronavirus pandemic has imposed significant changes on the healthcare industry particularly in regards to behavioral and mental healthcare, historically behavioral healthcare parity has not been a priority for payers and, as a result, compliance, network adequacy, and use of value-based payments are all low, according to an Avalere survey.
Overcoming Organizational Challenges as a Smaller Behavioral Health Provider With Practice Management EHR
July 7, 2021
Smaller behavioral health clinics and providers have proven to have a significant impact on health outcomes in their local communities. That fact is often overlooked. Indeed, the individual approach to treatment with small local practices builds lasting benefits for clients. However, these smaller behavioral health providers also face unique organizational challenges that often come as a surprise. Fortunately, practice management EHR can help address these hurdles for improved care and efficiency.
Topics: Behavioral Health
During the COVID-19 pandemic, community behavioral health centers (CBHCs) have been struggling to meet rising demands for access to their services. Awareness of various behavioral health conditions is more important than ever. Finding solutions - like the community behavioral health EHR (electronic health record) - that help all community practices become more data-driven and efficient is key to success.
June 15, 2021
Most look to the private sector for innovation. It was a breath of fresh air when the state of Massachusetts (MA) made moves to become a leader in digital transformation. That led state lawmakers to new frontiers for the MA electronic health record (EHR). However, MA behavioral health EHR adoption has not gained traction as quickly. Sharing sensitive personal information has long been a topic of debate in the industry. Thus, EHR in behavioral health faces more challenges.