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 […]
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Google defines a paradox as “a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true”. Let’s take a closer look at the topic of telehealth to get an understanding as to why this is truly a paradox. History It started in the 1960s when […]
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 value of psychosocial supports in patients’ recovery has been studied for years and proven effective. It is again reflected in the findings of a 2012 research study which concluded that “The clinical community has a growing array of psychosocial interventions with a strong evidence base available for the treatment of SUDs.” Some common examples […]
For a facility that treats a couple hundred patients, each of whom is known to the staff, proper patient identification is only a concern for new patients and identical twins. For large, multi-site treatment providers uniquely and properly identifying patients is a real challenge. It’s estimated that 8% of all the medical records in the […]
What is “phishing“? It’s fraudulent attempts by criminals to steal computer accounts and passwords. The term was coined in the early 1990’s when the internet was young, with only a few million user accounts. Most people today have multiple accounts, providing billions of potential targets today. Make no mistake, regardless of who you are, the […]
Symptoms Associated with Opioid Dependence What is Rapastinel? It was originally developed by Naurex as an alternative to the antidepressant drug Ketamine which has a number of adverse side-effects and a potential for abuse. Unfortunately, soon after acquiring Naurex in 2016, Allergan was soon met with a disappointment as the drug failed in its clinical […]
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 […]
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): […]
As COVID-19 makes its way across the globe, it’s affecting our communities in different ways. One that is acutely affected is the healthcare community. As we continue to monitor Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments closely, the health and well-being of our clients, partners, and our employees is of utmost importance to us. As a partner to your […]
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