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Discovery House Opens New Location in PA

Discovery House Opens New LocationDiscovery House, The Center of Recovery and Hope, has been treating individuals affected by opioid addiction since 1989. As CARF-accredited facilities, they serve Maine, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Utah providing a wide range of recovery services including medication assisted treatment, counseling and aftercare planning.

On behalf of everyone here at SMART, we would like to congratulate our long-standing partner, Discovery House, on the opening of their newest location in Mechanicsburg, PA.

For years, we have seen their dedication to helping patients succeed and fostering the community awareness that brings them to the level of a trusted recovery resource in the areas that they serve.

With nineteen locations in four states, Discovery House is poised to continue providing the personalized patient care and recovery services that they are known for… while extending their outreach even further.

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Recognizing Leaders at ABH Conference

abh-leadersThis was SMART’s first year as an exhibitor at the Association for Behavioral Healthcare (ABH) Conference in Waltham, MA.  We were thrilled for the opportunity to meet with many of the attendees and learn more about their needs.

The Awards Ceremony was a great way recognize leadership in community-based behavioral healthcare. Congratulations to award recipients Carolyn Droser of Community Healthlink, Colleen Sondrini-Cooper of The Brien Center, Eileen Maguire of Victory Programs, Minghui Johnson of South Shore Mental Health, Peter Paolantonio of Spectrum Health Systems, Inc, Melinda Kneeland of BAMSI, Scott Bock of Riverside Community Care, Lisa Goldsmith of Vinfen, and Lori Sustek of Youth Villages.

We would also like to recognize Betty Bredin, LICSW Program Director of Bay Cove Human Services and winner of SMART’s ABH Conference gift give away. Thank you to everyone who stopped by SMART’s booth and we look forward to seeing you at next year’s conference.

About ABH

For over 30 years, the Association for Behavioral Healthcare has been the leading advocacy organization in Massachusetts’ mental health and addiction services arena. Fighting for high-quality, community-based care for families and individuals with mental illness, addiction and substance-use disorders, ABH provides leadership and statewide coordination on important public policy, financing, preferred clinical models and quality assurance issues.

ABH is a statewide association representing over eighty community-based mental health and addiction treatment provider organizations.  Our members are the primary providers of publicly-funded behavioral healthcare services in the Commonwealth, serving approximately 81,000 Massachusetts residents daily, 1.5 million residents annually, and employing over 46,500 people.

ABH represents its member providers to funding, legislative and regulatory agencies at the state and national levels and has become a powerful and compelling advocacy organization to ensure that citizens throughout the Commonwealth have access to quality, comprehensive community-based care. Learn more

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Providers Council Conference Gift Give-Away

Providers Council Seven HillsWe would like to congratulate Brian Jones Clinical Service Provider of Seven Hills Foundation and winner of SMART’s Providers Council Conference gift give-Away. SMART would like to thank everyone who visited with us and we look forward to seeing you at Providers Council 2016.

About Seven Hills Foundation

Seven Hills Foundation promotes and encourages the empowerment of people with significant challenges so that each may pursue their highest possible degree of personal well-being and independence. They offer programming at locations throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The Foundation provides a continuum of support and services to children and adults with disabilities and life challenges, as well as, women and children in developing countries through our eleven affiliate organizations.

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Winner at ASAP Conference, Saratoga

ASAP-Conference-horizon-health-asap-giveawayWe would like to congratulate Bill Bly, Clinical Supervisor Horizon Village, and winner of SMART’s ASAP Conference  gift give-away. SMART would like to thank everyone who participated. We look forward to seeing you at ASAP 2016.

About Horizon Village

Horizon Health Services is a not-for-profit corporation that provides an array of comprehensive services to assist individuals with mental health and/or substance abuse issues to make choices that improve their quality of life and achieve their personal recovery goals by providing:hoizon-health-services

 

  • Fully integrated behavioral health treatment and recovery services in community-based settings
  • Commitment to progressive, innovative and evidence-based practices
  • Services with a focus on the individual and family
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Hey Virginia!

VAMARP-group We are excited to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Virginia Association of Medication Assisted Recovery Programs (VAMARP) Annual Conference in Richmond, VA. Stop by our booth, take a tour of SMART and see why many leading treatment providers have chosen our software for all of their EHR needs.

SMART’s EHR Software is a comprehensive paperless electronic health record that provides automated solutions to address the critical business functions of Insurance Billing, Admissions, Clinical and Medical Service Delivery, Incident Report Management and the Quality Control reports needed to effectively manage your treatment facility.

Whether you operate medication-assisted treatment, outpatient, mental health, residential or a combination of services – SMART Software is all you will need.

About VAMARP

The Virginia Association of Medication Assisted Recovery Programs (VAMARP) was founded in 2004 to serve as a resource, promote growth, enhance patient care and advocated for funding to behavioral health and medical treatment, educational/vocational programs, and other ancillary services that support best practice for patients.

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60 Lobsters Go Missing in Rhode Island

lobster-bake-Rhode-IslandSeptember 2015, SMART’s President and CEO David Piccoli, II and wife Gilda again welcomed SMART Associates to their home on the coast of Rhode Island for SMART’s annual company party. This year was a particularly memorable traditional New England clam bake. Associates enjoyed watching the staff from ClamBakes, Etc. of Cape Cod whip up a delicious menu of lobster, clams, mussels, steak, corn and potatoes in the bake pit they constructed on the shore line.

This event was great way to bring together our growing company for a delightful day of socializing, swimming, fishing, football and kayaking.  All attending associates received special embroidered beach towels to commemorate the day and as a little thank you for all their hard work everyday.

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Insurance Companies Stress Out Mental Health & Addiction

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) was enacted to help protect mental health and substance use treatment patients from insurance companies charging them more than those suffering from physical illnesses.(1) Unfortunately, there have been some disparities, as NPR pointed out in a recent news broadcast.(2)

Despite the fact that US law has made it mandatory for the majority of insurance companies health plans to treat mental health patients the same way that they would treat anyone affected by physical illnesses, many contest that there is still a great deal of discrimination. While, insurance companies have complied with portions of the law, they are still found to be more strict in their treatment toward substance abuse and mental health patients. Under law, deductibles and co-pay charges are no longer higher for these mental health conditions, however insurance companies appear to be making up for the loss by applying other “cost-control” techniques. Critics are calling out insurance companies for being more rigid when determining if an individuals treatment should be deemed ‘medically necessary’.(2) When speaking about her experience as a patient advocate who also runs the Parity Implementation Coalition, Carol McDaid said, “They [patients] end up with this perception that they have access to care, but when they’re in a crisis for themselves or their loved one, lo and behold, the care’s not available because of these cost-control techniques.”

npr-insurance-companies Read the full NPR article or listen to the story.

1.) http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Living-with-a-Mental-Health-Condition/Understanding-Health-Insurance/What-is-Mental-Health-Parity

2.) http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/04/04/397043323/when-it-comes-to-insurance-mental-health-parity-in-name-only

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Medical Documentation – Protect Your Clinic

Risk management through medical documentation was an important topic addressed and presented via a mock trial at the 2015 AATOD conference. As treatment providers, you are responsible for taking the appropriate measures to ensure that patient documentation is accurate and thorough. Consistent documentation not only ensures that important patient progress is recorded, but it is also key to protecting your clinic from legal retaliation should a patient experience an unfortunate event while enrolled in your Medication Assisted Treatment program.

your-clinic-addiction-treatment-forumAddiction Treatment Forum (ATForum) recently published an article outlining the specific protocol that should be followed for every patient and emphasizing the tasks that should be tailored to patients in specific circumstances. “The problem wasn’t necessarily that the counseling wasn’t done. The problem was that it wasn’t documented.”(1) Read the full article.

About ATForum

Reports on substance abuse and addiction therapies, research, news, and events of interest to both healthcare professionals and patients with a focus on methadone maintenance (MM) treatment for opioid addiction. AT Forum is made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, St. Louis, MO, a manufacturer of opiate and alcohol addiction products. (2)

1.) http://atforum.com/2015/08/reduce-opioid-treatment-program-legal-liability/

2.) http://atforum.com/

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ASAP 16th Annual Conference

ASAP_LogoAre you an addiction treatment professional in New York State? Join us at the ASAP 16th Annual Conference (Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers of New York State Association) at the Saratoga Hilton and City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY.

ASAP is an excellent resource for organizations, groups and individuals that prevent and alleviate the profound personal, social and economic consequences of alcoholism and substance abuse. SMART proudly serves several prominent New York customers including Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Acacia, Greenwich House, and Staten Island University Hospital. Working closely as partners, SMART has refined our EHR Software to meet the unique needs of each multi-modality New York Treatment Organization.

SMART Software is a leader in the state of New York, providing a Paperless Electronic Health Record and Clinic Management Software to organizations providing Behavioral Health, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health Treatment Services. Our customized New York Software model allows your team to be efficient when processing and implementing NY billing and clinical documentation requirements.

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Join us! Utah Fall Substance Abuse Conference 2015

Utah Fall Substance Abuse Conference BoothOur team is looking forward to meeting you at the 2015 Utah Fall Substance Abuse Conference on September 23rd-25th at the Dixie Convention Center in St. George, Utah.

SMART Software is a leader in supplying Certified Paperless Electronic Health Record and Clinic Management Software to organizations providing Behavioral Health, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment Services. Our state-by-state customized software model allows your team to be efficient when processing and implementing billing and clinical documentation requirements.

Stop by our booth, take a tour of SMART and see why many leading treatment providers have chosen our software for all of their EHR needs.

SMART has proudly served Utah customer Discovery House – The Center for Recovery and Hope for more than 18 years. Working closely as partners, SMART has refined our EHR Software to meet the needs of this unique multi-modality Utah Treatment Organization. Our customized Utah State model allows your team to be efficient when processing and implementing billing and clinical documentation requirements

About Utah Fall Substance Use Conference

utahsubstance abuse conference The Utah Fall Substance Abuse Conference continues to be the premier educational and networking event in the Mountain West. Network with your colleagues, as you learn from preeminent national and local leaders in the Substance Abuse field. Learn more….