Behavioral Health Documentation: Tips And Trends

Behavioral health documentation is often the communication tool used by and between professionals. Records not properly documented with all relevant and important facts can prevent the next practitioner from furnishing sufficient services. The outcome can cause unintended complications.

Reducing Behavioral Health Readmissions:
Strategies and Lessons Learned

Behavioral healthcare cuts both ways for payers and providers. Shortages of qualified expertise makes filling positions difficult to impossible, while the need for services grows on many fronts and in many populations.  The Daily Briefing How 2 health systems are rethinking mental health care for a value-based world, from the Advisory Board, reinforces the connections between behavioral and physical health. This identifies tangible targets, like reducing behavioral health readmissions, for improving patient care and institutional  financial health.

Lacking Mental Health Expertise Lands 2nd On Scarcity List Two Years Running

Payers and providers spend significant energy recruiting and retaining all levels of behavioral health professionals. The access to psychiatrists acts as the 'canary in a coal mine' signalling the impending challenges. Lacking mental health expertise hits organizations at a time of increasing use spurred on by value-based care.

Who Decides Medical Necessity For Mental Health?   Massachusetts State Bill Challenges Notion

Massachusetts bill (H 1070/S 1093) adds to the definition of “medically necessary services” and challenges the notion of who decides medical necessity. Medical necessity criteria sits at the center of case and claim determinations. Laws, policies, and procedures evolve through time and the various administrations both locally and nationally.

Picture of Mental Health (infographic)

The number associated with mental illness in the Unites States are staggering, mind-boggling. The supply and demand for mental health services is completely off kilter. As we are aware, there is a national shortage of physicians, and an even shorter supply of psychiatrists. The need for mental health diagnosis and treatment is soaring, in part due to Medicaid expansion and in part due to the stigma which has been associated with mental health diminishing somewhat.

Behavioral Healthcare Parity Integral to the ACA

Government mandated essential healthcare benefits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) heralds a time when consumers can look to their insurer to deliver improved health outcomes as part of their consumer contract. In many instances, such as maternity benefits and screenings, the law simply codifies benefits that have long been in place under many health insurance plans. And, it makes sense too, since pre-natal care and screenings help us to reduce rates of infant mortality and pre-empt potentially life-threatening diseases – such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

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