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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

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

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

Neurocircuitry Of Depression

During this webinar our speakers will begin with a brief overview of the history of neurocircuitry therapeutics. They will then introduce the core brain networks, and the current state of the… Read More

How Pharmacists In Mental Health Find PsychU Helpful

Dr. Jerry McKee is a board-certified psychiatric pharmacy specialist with over 38 years in public mental health systems in inpatient psychiatry and residential developmental disabilities, academia, and behavioral health managed… Read More

STARR Coalition With Luke Kramer

Listen to Amica Simmons-Yon, PharmD, PhD and Jacquelyn Canning, PharmD, BCPP as they spill the tea about this week’s hot topic: STARR Coalition with a special guest, Luke Kramer. Mr.… Read More

Let’s Talk About LGBTQIA+ & Mental Health

As we celebrate Pride Month, PsychU will be joining the LGBTQIA+ community in raising awareness of what it means to be LGBTQIA+ identified. This infographic resource provides information around who… Read More

Recovery-Oriented Perspective & Approach (ROPA)

Listen to Amica Simmons-Yon, PharmD, PhD, Jacquelyn Canning, PharmD, BCPP, and Hiten Patadia, PharmD as they spill the tea about this week’s hot topic: Recovery-Oriented Perspective & Approach (ROPA) with… Read More

Cannabis

Listen to Amica Simmons-Yon, PharmD, PhD, Jacquelyn Canning, PharmD, BCPP, and Hiten Patadia, PharmD as they spill the tea about this week’s hot topic: “Cannabis.” Join the discussion by learning… Read More

Is It MDD Or Bipolar Disorder

Listen to Amica Simmons-Yon, PharmD, PhD, Jacquelyn Canning, PharmD, BCPP, and Hiten Patadia, PharmD as they spill the tea about this week’s hot topic: “MDD vs Bipolar Disorder.” Join the… Read More

2020 National Forum Interview: Dr. John Kern

Dr. John Kern responded to some follow-up questions after participating in the 2020 National Forum titled “Bridging the Care Continuum,” providing his personal perspective on how to transform the healthcare… Read More

2020 National Forum Interview: Dr. Ken Duckworth

Dr. Ken Duckworth responded to some follow-up questions after participating in the 2020 National Forum titled “Bridging the Care Continuum,” providing his personal perspective on how to transform the healthcare… Read More

2020 National Forum Interview: Dr. Henry Chung

Dr. Henry Chung responded to some follow-up questions after participating in the 2020 National Forum titled “Bridging the Care Continuum,” providing his personal perspective on how to transform the healthcare… Read More

Substance Abuse Disorder In Psychiatry

Listen to Amica Simmons-Yon, PharmD, PhD, Jacquelyn Canning, PharmD, BCPP, and Hiten Patadia, PharmD as they spill the tea about this week’s hot topic “Substance Abuse Disorder in Psychiatry” with… Read More

Burnout & Managing Stress

Listen to Amica Simmons-Yon, PharmD, PhD, Jacquelyn Canning, PharmD, BCPP, and Hiten Patadia, PharmD as they spill the tea about this week’s hot topic: “Burnout and Managing Stress”. Join the… Read More

K, So Where Does That Leave Us?

So, the Presidential debate September 29th, 2020 was full of surprises—no need to say more. But we learned a new term—the “K-shaped recovery.” The more we learned, the more it became obvious that… 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

U.S. Saw 8.0% Uninsured Rate In 2019

During 2019, about 8.0% of the civilian non-institutionalized population was uninsured, representing 26.1 million people who lacked health insurance at any point during the year. Between 2018 and 2019, the… Read More

Walmart To Enter Into Health Insurance Market

Walmart will now sell health insurance policies directly to its customers, according to a Walmart spokesperson. Walmart lists job openings on its career’s website for “Walmart Insurance Services LLC.” The… Read More

Innovation With INSIDE The Box Thinking

Since the start of the pandemic, many have frequently written about the need for innovation in crisis. And our current crisis has certainly spurred or forced considerable innovation in every… Read More

The Digital Divide: One More Strategic Challenge

The pandemic has pushed both the health and human service field and the education field to virtual service models—and most don’t think either field is ready for the challenges. Yes, clinical professionals of provider… 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

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

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 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

What To Say When You Want More

For provider organization executives looking at recovery planning, “top of the list” is different relationships with payers. In most discussions, higher rates, less administrative costs, standardized performance measurement, and sharing… 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

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

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

Privacy & Security In Digital Health

In this presentation, Dr. Mona Sobhani, PhD, Director of Research and Operations USC Center for Body Computing, Los Angeles, California, discusses the importance of privacy and security of health information,… Read More

2020 BIPOC Mental Health Month Toolkit

Each July, Mental Health America (MHA) aims to shed light on the multitude of mental health experiences of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities, and others that face disproportionate… 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

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

Digital Health Glossary

Adaptive algorithms An area of artificial intelligence, where algorithms can continue to learn and evolve over time.1 Advanced analytics A device or product that can identify, analyze, and use large… 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

Kentucky Medicaid Rebids Its MCO Contracts

The Kentucky Medicaid program is rebidding its managed care organization (MCO) contracts to have them in place for a January 1, 2021 start date. The contracts will run through December… 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

ACOs Saved Medicare $1.7 Billion In 2018

During 2018, the 548 Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs) collectively saved Medicare $1.7 billion. After accounting for shared savings bonuses and collecting shared loss payments, net savings were $739 million.… Read More

54% Of Physicians Participate In An ACO

More than half of physicians (53.8%) participated in an accountable care organization (ACO) during 2018, up from 44.0% in 2016. Of those physicians that participated in an ACO, 38.2% of… 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

Addressing Psychiatric Readmissions

Psychiatric inpatient hospitalization presents a significant challenge for patients, payers, and the overall health care system. This white paper will provide an overview of the causes and impacts of readmissions.… Read More

The Four-Part Checklist For VBR Success

Many executive teams of specialty provider organizations are working to iron out preferred relationships with health plans – relationships that are most often anchored in some type of pay-for-performance or… Read More

Anthem To Acquire Beacon Health Options

On June 6, 2019, Anthem Inc., announced plans to acquire behavioral health organization Beacon Health Options from Bain Capital Private Equity and Diamond Castle Holdings. Financial terms of the transaction… Read More

Overcoming The Virtual Health Paradox

The headlines tell us that telehealth (or digital health or virtual health, or whatever you call it) is going to remake health and human service delivery—Virtual Mental Health Delivery Systems… Read More