If you own or manage an addiction treatment center, do not make the mistake of purchasing a generic electronic medical/health record software! Addiction treatment and behavioral healthcare professionals have a unique workflow. Your EHR needs to support this process and be designed to fulfill your everyday needs.
After participating in an addiction treatment program, it can be difficult to go back to normal life with its stressors, triggers and access to substances. In many cases, participants attended the program for a short period of time and have not fully addressed addiction-related problems. Many people end up facing relapse, but this is where an aftercare program can help. To support patients as they continue with recovery, facilities and programs can provide routine check-ups as an aftercare program. This helps people feel supported and keeps them accountable.
On December 12, 2017, the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Committee held a hearing regarding patient brokering and addiction treatment fraud facilities from referring patients to sober homes that are not certified through the state.
How true. For many individuals and corporations that have dedicated resources of time and money to open, acquire or grow an opioid addiction treatment business there is a growing market demand. Is it a good business to be in? Yes. Is it a growing industry? Yes. Has demand slowed or peaked? No. It is the best of times to serve individuals that have opioid addiction issues.
The Joint Commission has revised some aspects of CTS.03-01-09 and that, unless otherwise stated, those revisions become effective January 1, 2018.
If your Addiction Treatment/Behavioral Health Center is already JCAHO Accredited, you clearly recognize that Accreditation:
Considering the move to EHR/EMR (electronic health records/ electronic medical records) is critical in bringing your Addiction/Behavioral Health practice successfully forward into this competitive healthcare environment. The days of paper charts, waiting for the transcription of dictation, deciphering scribbled notes and marathon photocopying are over.
One of the biggest challenges addiction treatment professionals face is getting patients to stay motivated and engaged throughout their time in treatment. While most patients enter treatment with good intentions of improving their lives, some quickly and frequently regret their decision to be there and will feel as though they were coerced there by others. These patients will have a hard time sticking with the program (and of course, seeing success outside the program)—unless they are provided with motivational tools and resources.
Every person who battles addiction and wants to get better is going to face hurdles throughout their recovery path. As a treatment professional, it’s up to you to recognize the most common challenges and be prepared to help them overcome.
Many people don’t know how to recognize the signs of poor office organization until it’s too late. However, EMR/EHR technology can help you drastically improve the dynamic of your office organization. This will manifest itself in numerous ways, including relieving employees of undue stress, enhancing the flow of communication, and improving employee morale.