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Peer Support – The Next Generation

There are a number of new developments in the use of peer services spurring provider organization innovations. California is establishing a new peer support specialist certification program under Medi-Cal. And… Read More

Managing Long Haul Burnout

In the midst of the current wave of COVID cases from the delta variant, there are many questions. Will the variant—and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) full approval of… Read More

Keeping Your “High Performers” From Burnout

Burnout is a word we’ve heard often in the past 14 months. In one 2021 study across different industries, age groups, and experience levels, 52% of employee respondents said they were feeling burned out, up from… Read More

Nurse Wellness: A Call To Action

Worldwide, nurses are on the frontlines caring for the sick and injured of society. The presence of COVID-19 and the global pandemic have shined a light on nurses’ heroic efforts… Read More

The Integrated Care Opportunity

The future for specialty provider organizations will involve participating in “whole person care” in some form or fashion. Payer interest in “integrated care coordination” remains strong—with data showing these models… Read More

Neuropsychiatric Symptoms (NPS) During COVID-19

Dr. Jeffery Cummings and Dr. George Grossberg will engage in a presentation and discussion of a hypothetical case of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms (NPS) in a patient in residential facility during COVID-19… Read More

Robots As A Staffing ‘Force Multiplier’

The increased use of virtual therapies during this pandemic crisis will likely make a permanent change in how consumers receive services in the future. But another form of technology, also… Read More

Too Much Health Care?

The volume of health care services is down. Since the start of the pandemic, in many states, non-emergency health care services other than virtual care have not been available to… Read More

The Data-Driven Leader

In an unfamiliar environment, the leader with the best data has a distinct advantage. That is a frequently heard adage, but I was really struck by the concept at one… Read More

New Service Lines, New Measures

As executive teams look to diversify, there is one challenge that comes with every new service—identifying and managing new performance measures. The range of performance measures—and how to set up… Read More

Back To The Office? The Testing Dilemma

There are a few interesting observations about ‘reopening’ of health care service operations after the pandemic crisis closures, based on discussions during last week’s virtual 2020 OPEN MINDS Strategy & Innovation Institute.… Read More

When The Pandemic Ends, Then What?

We’ve all seen the numbers. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and compared to 2018, U.S. adults are eight times more likely to fit criteria for serious mental illness… Read More

New Roles For A Pharmacist Near You

We are 13 weeks into the pandemic crisis. For executives of health and human service organizations, the question is how to make the “crisis normal” work and pivot to a… Read More

Reopening Is Not Recovery

There is some confusion about where we are—economically—in the midst of the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. We are in a recession and likely on the front edge of… Read More

Paddling Four Canoes To Steer Through The Crisis

So much discussion of canoes these days. Until 12 weeks ago, executives of specialty provider organizations had to balance “two canoes”—operating in a fee-for-service (FFS) or cost-based environment, with operating… Read More

The Pharmacist’s Perspective During The Pandemic

In this presentation, Dr. Timothy Aungst, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, discusses the importance of medication optimization and digital technology. Dr.… Read More

Pharmacists Authorized To Test For COVID-19

New Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) guidelines, announced April 8, 2020, authorize licensed pharmacists to order and administer FDA-approved COVID-19 tests, including serology tests.1 Those who do so… Read More

COVID-19 & Your Mental Health

Provided with permission from Mental Health America, a PsychU Supporting Organization. To learn more about MHA, please visit their website at http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net. Read More

PsychU: Perspectives & Evolution

Listen in as Jon Grant, MD, JD, shares his thoughts with Rachel Self, PhD, MS, about PsychU and its particular value at this time. As for the future, Dr. Grant… Read More

Substance Use Disorder Amid Pandemic

“Ninety meetings in 90 days”: This is one mantra repeated to and by many individuals early in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD). Regular attendance at peer-run meetings offered by… Read More

Coronavirus: Mental Health Coping Strategies

The coronavirus can significantly affect mental health for everyone, but especially for those with mental illness. Both the anxiety of contracting the disease as well as the increase in loneliness… Read More

COVID-19 Resource & Information Guide

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Offers These Tips For People With Mental Illness: For anyone who is unsure about attending therapy sessions outside the home, especially those who… Read More

Mental Health In The COVID-19 Era

The news about COVID-19 is relentless: an ever-escalating number of confirmed cases, portents of economic meltdown, ominous images of barren public spaces. Most people find it stressful to be surrounded… Read More

Coronavirus & Mental Well-Being

News is everywhere about the swift spread of coronavirus and the deaths in its wake. There is much we do not know about the virus or the disease it causes,… Read More

Digital Interventions In Psychiatry: Part 2

In this short presentation, hear from Fatima Sadat, PharmD, as she reviews different types of digital technology that may provide tools for the assessment or management of mental health treatment.… Read More

Brief Resilience Scale (BRS)

The Brief Resilience Scale (BRS) differs from previous scales measuring resilience in that it does not attempt to identify or measure personal characteristics and/or social resources that individuals may possess… Read More

Medication Adherence In The Digital Age

In this short presentation, hear from Dawn Velligan, PhD, as she discusses suboptimal outcomes and nonadherence in serious mental illness, reasons for nonadherence, methods for measuring adherence to mental health… Read More

Daily Tracker

This tool allows consumers to track how they are doing in weekly increments. It addresses key topics, including side effects, sleep, and appetite. The tracker is intended to be used… Read More

Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10)

The Kessler Psychological Distress 10-Item Scale (K10) is the full version of the scale, designed to measure anxiety and depression. The self-administered scale includes 10 items to measure an individual’s… Read More

Patient Health Questionnaire 9 (PHQ-9)

The Patient Health Questionnaire 9 is a self-administered 9-item scale for assessing and monitoring depression severity. It is derived from the depression questions within the full Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ).… Read More

Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7-Item Scale (GAD-7)

The Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7-Item Scale (GAD-7) is a self-administered 7-item anxiety scale initially developed to diagnose generalized anxiety disorder. The GAD-7 also proved to have sensitivity and specificity as… Read More

An Overview Of The Brief Adherence Rating Scale (BARS)

During this recorded presentation, Matt Byerly, MD, discussed the Brief Adherence Rating Scale (BARS). Key points included: Nonadherence to antipsychotic medication is associated with serious consequences. Prescribers greatly underestimate the… Read More