The RAND Corporation recently released a report expounding the virtues of electronic health records systems’ positive impact on healthcare costs. This hotly debated topic almost always addresses the cost of medical care, hospitalizations, labs, imaging and surgery and almost never includes the cost of behavioral health. Our field’s rate of technology adoption probably has something [...]
When the 2009 State of Health Care Quality Report lists 5 trouble spots – and all are related to behavioral healthcare – it should catalyze our efforts to achieve quality goals in our field. How do we make it happen?
I am suggesting that we approach quality in our field the same way we’ve been [...]
The American Psychological Association (APA) announced today that it supports H.R. 3200, America’s Affordable Health Choices Act, as the basis for health reform. This action follows the American Medical Association’s (AMA) decision to do the same. The benefits of the bill cited by the APA include:
Requiring a “basic benefit package” for all plans in [...]
So much of what we’re hearing, reading and considering when it comes to behavioral health parity and health insurance reform is a function of our urban and suburban perceptions of health care. I lived and worked in a rural/frontier state for some time and can recall the difficulties and challenges we faced there and in [...]
The reform debate rages on (and on). Meanwhile, some very important questions remain unanswered and buried under the weight of “inflammation” rather than meaningful healthcare information. To say that this process has become inflamed and devisive – hijacked by pundits and strategists from both sides of the aisle – is a great understatement at this [...]
While in DC last week, I heard someone quip: “Mental health parity was and continues to be a civil rights concern.” Frankly, while I had always thought of it in terms of equity and fairness as well as a resolution of stigma and discrimination issues, I had not thought often of Parity in terms of [...]