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Telehealth Changes Made Permanent

It appears that the recent spending bill approved by Congress makes the provision of telehealth services permanent. The details are in section 123 (pp 2177-2180) of The Bill. The link in the heading above is to NatCon’s Executive Summary of the legislation. The new rule allows physicians to provide their first telehealth service to a […]

Case to Care Management

According to the National Council for Behavioral Health, the changing healthcare marketplace is requiring case managers to become care managers. Is this happening? Is it a new concept? What’s the difference? Is it related to Health Homes? How important is this for the treatment of persons with substance use disorder? Spoiler alert! This article doesn’t […]

The Future of Healthcare: What Can We Expect by 2025?

In May, 2019, well before the entire healthcare world shifted its attention to the coronavirus pandemic, two New England trade organizations had convened for their annual Spring conferences: the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) of Massachusetts and the New England chapter of the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Both shared the same central […]

MAT or MBT?

In March 2019, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a report titled “Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Saves Lives”. It can be read for free online here or purchased as an eBook from The National Academies Press. The 156-page report arrives at these seven conclusions (sourced directly from the report linked above): […]