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.
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.
Are mountains of paperwork contributing to high staff turnover rates and exhaustion for loyal team members? Studies show inefficient workflow within the clinic may produce burnout symptoms, even if you have a great reward package and an otherwise supportive company culture. Every therapist knows that emotional exhaustion manifests itself in myriad ways, including the dehumanization factor which puts clients at risk, too.
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.