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Impact Of Trauma On Women With Children

Pregnant women from marginalized communities are at high risk for problematic birth experiences due to historical trauma and exposure to racism and discrimination, the biological and psychosocial consequences of which… Read More

Planning For 988

Widespread concerns about suicide led to the passage of the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act in 2020, which will make “988” the nationwide suicide prevention hotline to support suicide and… Read More

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

Getting Ahead Of The ILOS Opportunity

Last week, we wrote about the opportunities in addressing social support needs through non-traditional service models in “Leveraging “Social” In Health Plan Partnerships.” Part of this trend is the growing… Read More

Treatment Transformation Ahead

Greetings from lovely Clearwater Beach, Florida and the mhca winter conference. It’s been an interesting few days with lots of discussion with behavioral health organization executives from across the country.… Read More

Emergency Weary? Emergency Ready?

“If you stay ready you don’t have to get ready.” – Will Smith Does it seem that over the past few years there are just more “emergencies?” Front and center… Read More

How To Engage Older Adults With Digital Health

The Covid-19 public health emergency has changed the landscape of healthcare service delivery. Healthcare service providers have had to pivot rapidly to new and different treatment modalities while serving patients… Read More

Depression Stigma Drops For First Time In U.S.

A recent survey found the first evidence of significant decreases in public stigma toward depression in the U.S. Between 1996 and 2018, respondents reported increasing beliefs that mental health problems… Read More

The “Ideal” Health Home?

As we look ahead to 2022–with more integration and more value-based care, the question is how do specialty provider organizations “fit” in an evolving service delivery and financing landscape. We’ll… Read More

Still A Ways To Go

Treatment of serious mental illnesses has improved over the course of time—but there is still a long way to go. For consumers with schizophrenia, only 14.3% received care that could… Read More

ADHD Interview With Dr. Newcorn: Part 1

It is estimated that ~6 million children have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the US with a large proportion having another mental or behavioral disorder1. Additionally,… Read More

Do You Have The Data? Can You “Adapt?”

The executive team with the better data can make better decisions, assure better outcomes for consumers, improve staff and customer satisfaction, and deliver more value to payers. But how? We’ve talked about… Read More

Managing The 5%

There is a lot of investment money going into the mental health field—in fact, $14.7 billion in the first half of this year. Much of that investment is focused on… Read More

Rhode Island To Pilot Safe Injection Sites

Rhode Island is planning to pilot harm reduction centers, also called overdose prevention sites or supervised consumption sites. This two-year pilot program will establish “harm reduction centers” to prevent drug… 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

Peer Supports? There’s An App For That

A few new developments around peer supports have caught everyone’s attention. Not surprisingly, the pandemic has changed the role and the work of peer support specialists—and like all of health… Read More

Integrated Care Gets A Leg Up With Virtual First

Plugging into systems for integrated “whole person” care is increasingly an imperative for all provider organizations—whether they offer primary or specialty care and whether they provide digital, in-person, or hybrid… Read More

Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A)

Administration time: 10–15 minutes Main purpose: To assess the severity of symptoms of anxiety Population Adults, adolescents and children The HAM-A was one of the first rating scales developed to… Read More

The Current State Of Women’s Mental Health

During this discussion, our panelists engage in a dialog reflecting on the research which underscores how women may be disproportionately affected by the current state as compared to men. They… Read More

Will Investing In Social Determinants Pay Off?

We’ve heard the stats many times in the past decade—health care services account for only 20% of health outcomes, while health-related behaviors and socioeconomic factors—housing, food, environment, employment—can drive 80% of… Read More

Technology Update: Impacts On Treatment

Technology’s impact on mental health care service delivery is often lauded, but what’s the evidence thus far? Artificial intelligence, machine learning, neuro-linguistic programming therapy, and blockchain: What have they done… Read More

Measurement-Based Care In Psychiatry

In this presentation, Becky Wong, PharmD, MBA, provides an overview of measurement-based care, how measurement-based care may be used to improve quality in psychiatry, shares a fictional case example of… 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

Measurement-Based Care In Psychiatry

Research has shown that when adding measurement-based care tools to usual care, including psychiatric care, significant improvement in patient outcomes can result. In this podcast, Dwayne Mayes provides his peer… 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

Cedar Gate Technologies Acquires Citra Health Solutions

Cedar Gate Technologies (Cedar Gate), a leading value-based care performance management company, announced its acquisition of Citra Health Solutions (Citra), a capitation management software solutions provider organization. By acquiring Citra,… 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

Starbucks Begins Mental Health Training

In its latest move to address mental health in the workplace, Starbucks is making mental health training available for all U.S. assistant store managers, store managers, and above, in addition… 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

New Aegis Treatment Center Opens In California

Aegis Treatment Centers, a California-based outpatient treatment provider organization owned by Pinnacle Treatment Centers, has opened an opioid treatment program in Ceres, California. The facility is the 36th Aegis location… Read More

American Addiction Centers Files For Bankruptcy

AAC Holdings Inc., the publicly traded parent of American Addiction Centers (AAC), filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Brentwood, Tennessee-based company listed debt of $517.4 million and assets of… Read More

Unite Us Acquires Staple Health

United Us announced that Staple Health will join its growing data analytics team through the recent acquisition of the company. Founded in 2017, Staple Health combines in-house predictive analytics and… 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

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

Getting To Whole Person Addiction Treatment

Our coverage of primary care physicians’ views of addiction treatment and medication assisted treatment (MAT) brought quite a few comments. A recent study found that even though two thirds of… Read More

Almost Half Of ACOs Led By Physicians In 2018

Physician-led accountable care organizations (ACOs) represented approximately 45% of all ACOs (about 549 of 1,221 total ACOs included in the study), as of December 2018. During this year, hospital-led ACOs… 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

Making Your Clinical Programs VBR-Ready

The adoption of value-based reimbursement (VBR) has been inconsistent over the past few years. But the consensus is that the recession that is upon us and the likely reduced federal/state… Read More

Role Of Pharmacogenetics Testing In Psychiatry

Joseph Goldberg, MD, and Lisa Goldstone, PharmD, MS, discuss the benefits and limitations of pharmacogenetics testing on current psychiatric practice based on recent evidence from clinical trials as well as… Read More

Digital Endpoints & Medication Optimization

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

Adherence & The Role For New Technologies

Nonadherence to medication is a serious problem in mental health care. In this webinar, Dawn Velligan, PhD, and Craig Chepke, MD, will discuss the current state of adherence and the… Read More

VA Proposes Rule For Faith-Based Organizations

On Jan. 17, 2020, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposed a rule that will ease compliance requirements for faith-based organization social service contractors. Currently, faith-based organization contractors are required… Read More

A Prescription For Pharmacist Intervention

Despite the well-known prevalence of mental health conditions, they are woefully undertreated. Consider this: About one in five Americans has a behavioral condition, but fewer than half—only 41%—receive treatment of… Read More

PsychU 360 Magazine

PsychU 360 – January 2020 Despite vast improvements in diagnosis and treatment over the last half-century, mental illness is underdiagnosed and undertreated. The reasons are many and varied. Among them:… Read More

Interacting With First Responders

Approximately 15% of men and 30% of women jailed have a serious mental illness (SMI).1 Educated first responders can potentially safely de-escalate situations involving a behavioral health crisis. Crisis Intervention… Read More

Telepsychiatry: Implementation & Best Practices

Dr. Mehdi Qalbani discusses his experience providing telepsychiatry in the Information Age. Topics include regulatory concerns, practice guidelines, and web-side manner when working remotely. Mehdi Qalbani, MD, MSPH, is the… Read More

Are You Ready For M&A?

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) continue in the health and human service field at a rapid pace. Future sustainability is the big driver of M&A with integrated care, value-based reimbursement, and… Read More

The Age Of Priceline Health Care

There is great debate over whether consumers shop for health care services; like comparing prices and using performance and quality data to make decisions. A recent story about a man… Read More

Why Guidelines Matter

OPEN MINDS last survey of health plans found a marked increase in the reported required use of professional guidelines – 59% in this year’s survey, compared with 41% in 2017… Read More

What Are Health Plans Doing About Access?

Consumer access to care remains a ‘top of mind’ issue—from access to psychiatrists, waiting lists for treatment programs, and follow-up appointments with therapists. Executives realize that care delayed is often… Read More

Megan Ehret – What Does PsychU Mean To You?

During this interview, Megan Ehret explains what PsychU means to her and how mental health professionals can collaborate with each other. Megan Ehret, PharmD, MS, BCPP, is the Pharmacist Corner… Read More

Sleep In Behavioral Health

In this podcast, Sana Johnson-Quijada, MD, highlights the importance of sleep in overall behavioral health and discusses goals for better sleep quality. Sleep impacts hormones and neurotransmitters. Implementing and maintaining… Read More

How Many Strategies Actually Get Implemented?

At The 2019 OPEN MINDS Executive Leadership Retreat in Gettysburg, one statistic was really surprising. How many strategic plans actually get implemented? The answer: 10%. Not just for health and… Read More

Lean Into Mindfulness

What do mindfulness and organizational change have in common? More than you might think. At The 2019 OPEN MINDS Executive Leadership Retreat, Monica Oss closed the retreat with her keynote,… Read More

It Takes Courage

At The 2019 OPEN MINDS Executive Leadership Retreat the session, The New Executive Strategy Role: Becoming The Agent Of Change For Your Organization, featured executive faculty members with three very… Read More

Meet The Treatment Team: Physician Assistant

In this interview, Catherine Judd, MS, PA-C, CAQ-Psy, discusses the role a physician assistant plays in the mental health team. Physician assistants have a broad-base, primary care medical background in… Read More

How To Avoid Digital Culture Shock

Change of any kind can be difficult, but any change that meets with resistance from any level of an organization can quickly become impossible—something we’ve written about before (see Challenges… Read More

Managing Your Team To ‘Tech Savvy’

Our team has written before about the importance of technology adoption to future competitive advantage and sustainability in the field. There is technology to facilitate better clinical decision making (see… Read More

Addiction By The Numbers

How should addiction treatment programs be evaluated? That was the focus of the session, Quality Measurement In Addiction Treatment: Advancing Adoption Of Best Practices, at The 2019 OPEN MINDS Management… Read More

How Do You Measure Access?

Why is access such a major priority for health plans? Improving access to care promotes better consumer engagement, increases consumer satisfaction, and results in better positive clinical and financial outcomes.… Read More

Ready To Collect More Cash?

Copayments and deductibles used to be a small issue. The $1 here or $20 there. Not anymore. Consumers now pay 30% of total health care costs.1 There are now health… Read More

Adjust Your Strategic Sails!

So much happened in the past 90 days in the health and human market space. But what really matters? What are the “stop the presses” developments that executive teams need… Read More

Is ‘Harm Reduction’ On Your Radar?

In 2016, when Donald Trump chose Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate, it unexpectedly brought harm reduction to the forefront of the news. In 2014, the state of… Read More

Do You Have A SDH Screening Tool?

Depression, alcohol dependency, risk of suicide, childhood trauma — clinical professionals and provider organizations employ a variety of assessment tools and standardized questions to screen consumers for the drivers of… Read More

Moving Health Care From Beds To Wellness

One of the big cultural changes happening in health care is moving from “volume” to “value” in reimbursement. The volume of services is still the focus of provider organization management… Read More

New Consumer Rights To Data = New IT Challenges

The good news: 84% of specialty provider organizations have an electronic health record (EHR). The bad? Hardly any specialty provider organizations have health information exchange (HIE) capabilities—at last count, less… Read More

Is There Value In Staffing Ratios?

Where do mandated staffing ratios fit in value-based care? Do lower staffing ratios for clinical professionals improve the quality of care? The data isn’t clear about the benefits of lower… Read More