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.
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.
Behavioral health and addiction treatment providers must learn to embrace value-added new technologies in order to keep improving the patient experience. However, introducing a new system has its challenges, and changes to the status quo always need to be handled with a firm strategy in place.
On January 1, the Joint Commission mandated that Joint Commission Accredited organizations, or those that are in the process of accreditation, must employ specific measurement-based care tools in order to retain or obtain accreditation. These new standards have important implications for healthcare providers, and organizations must be proactive in working to maintain compliance.
Providers are finding challenges with health information exchange or HIE. There are still hurdles that providers face when trying to exchange information on patients. Nonetheless, the exchange does not need to be complicated. Solutions exist that can help create a streamlined sharing of information between medical practitioners, administrators, patients and other parties.
Many treatment centers, both for-profit and not-for-profit, have discovered that onboarding an experienced Utilization Review Coordinator bridges the gap between Admissions, Accounting, and Clinical departments. Having a trained staff member that can interact with a payer and provide documentation of medical necessity is one of the wisest staffing decisions a facility can make. If you are frustrated with poor results from having an outside billing company fill these shoes consider what it takes to have that person on staff. This does not mean you have to do your own billing, but it does pave the way to control a bit more of the outcome.