Big Data is transforming every aspect of the modern world, and healthcare is no exception. From health records to test results to payment and insurance information, treatment centers and clinics collect a deluge of data on each patient. This data gives them the potential to serve those patients efficiently and effectively, but only if they are able to interpret it. By adopting smart EMR systems, healthcare providers can more effectively gather and analyze data, leading to better outcomes for everyone involved.
On August 9th, Facebook announced a new policy requiring addiction treatment centers to obtain certification from monitoring firm LegitScript. Centers will need to obtain certification in order to advertise their in-person addiction treatment services on Facebook in the United States.
Medication-Assisted Treatment, or MAT, is revolutionizing the addiction treatment community as more and more behavioral treatment professionals are adopting this safe and easy-to-control solution. The method can be used to treat a number of different substance issues, including opioid, alcohol, and tobacco addictions, helping patients control cravings, withdrawal symptoms, and dangerous health effects.
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.
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.