Few public health threats have ever been more serious than the opioid epidemic. From the extreme addictiveness of these drugs to their highly detrimental health effects to their close relationship to heroin, opioids have a devastating impact. Unfortunately, because they are so addictive, it can be extraordinarily difficult to stop using them. Medication-assisted treatment offers a solution to those struggling with these devastating drugs. By controlling withdrawal symptoms, this treatment makes it both easier and safer to stop using opioids for good.
Sober living facilities have long been an option for people working to overcome substance use disorder. These residential facilities offer a sober and supportive environment for someone to work on recovery without the triggers, temptations, and stresses of normal life.
While they can help people on their own or as part of a more extensive recovery program, they also vary broadly in their services and quality due to a lack of regulation. That is now changing with new standards to regulate this part of the addiction treatment industry.
Amid changing healthcare regulations and patient expectations, there is an ongoing problem within the medical field that adds another level of stress to health care providers who already find themselves stretched thin: reimbursement. In fact, according to a poll by Cardinal Health, reimbursement is the number one concern for today’s healthcare providers.
A recent survey showed that more than 50 percent of patients would prefer to receive a digital—not a paper—bill from their healthcare providers. And a whopping 75 percent of patients (including a third of patients age 75 and older) would pre-authorize these healthcare providers to bill any charges to a credit card kept on file.
Is your addiction treatment facility struggling with cash flow shortages resulting from too many past due accounts and a denial ratio that makes you cringe? Perhaps it’s time to examine your revenue cycle management (RCM) strategy. Not really sure what RCM can do for you? Below are some frequently asked questions, and their answers, that will clear up the confusion.
The Commission on Accreditation and Rehabilitation (CARF™) is a nonprofit organization that provides accreditation services to a variety of different treatment centers at their own request, including disability rehabilitation, retirement facilities, home and community services, and substance abuse treatment facilities.
Never underestimate the power of a positive workplace. If you create an environment where employees feel respected, satisfied, and empowered, you lead them to appreciate their jobs and become more productive and loyal. While this holds true in any industry, it is particularly important for care providers. Improving employee care in your behavioral health facility or addiction treatment center can make a big difference in the experience that patients have when they come to you for care.
The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) is a pioneering professional society comprised of the top addiction treatment providers in the country. Together they work to help all members improve their level of care for patients and families, and uphold a strict code of ethics that makes them an industry-leading association in addiction treatment.
Electronic Health Records (EHR) have advanced from their origination, becoming an indispensable part of hospitals, clinics and health center’s daily operations. These real-time, cloud-based records give you and your colleagues secure but ready access to patient charts wherever you are and whenever you need them… but only if you have a good system at your back.
Avoiding compassion fatigue in the behavioral health services field is challenging. Every day staff sees families struggling to survive the devastating impact of substance abuse and addicts fighting for freedom. Responsible treatment facilities encourage their behavioral health providers to maintain a healthy work and downtime balance.