Jul 14, 2014
Outcomes monitoring/Progress tracking has been around for about 25 years and started to gain attention around the turn of this century. Early research between roughly 2000-2010 presented a glowing picture of the benefits. One leading light said that progress tracking was the greatest advance in psychotherapy in 50 years, a virtual silver bullet. Another offered a seminar whose title read “How to improve the Effectiveness of Your Clinical Work by 65% Without Hardly Trying.”
Jun 25, 2014
In the next 18 months PCPs and other physicians will be able to make referrals from their EHRs with a few clicks and receive feedback directly into their EHRs. This has big implications for behavioral health clinicians. Those without the ability to take an electronic referral may be in jeopardy.
Jun 9, 2014
Medicare’s billing rules and regulations are consistent nationwide. Not so Medicaid. Medicaid services, billable codes, individuals credentialed to provide services, and benefits are state specific. For instance, in Connecticut non-physician mental health practitioners can not bill medicaid for telemedicine and health and behavior codes, while in Alaska they can.
Jun 3, 2014
The federal government’s clinical quality measurement initiatives are quietly reshaping how behavioral healthcare is delivered. The agencies involved are SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and mental Health Services Administration), ONC (National Office of Health Information Technology) and CMS (The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.) The first two agencies are responsible for the Meaningful Use (MU) initiative and the latter for the Physician Quality Reporting (PQRS) program.
May 13, 2014
Obamacare has increased the number of Americans with insurance coverage. 8 million have signed up in the state and federal exchanges, and Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program enrollment has grown by at least 4.8 million since October. However, a new survey from McKinsey indicates that the non-medicaid sign up numbers may not be as robust as meets the eye as three-fourths of enrollees were previously insured. Nevertheless, between the increase in sign ups and the improved coverage the law requires (mandated preventive mental health services), there has been an expectation that behavioral clinicians would be seeing more patients with insurance coverage.