Health Care Delivery

Telehealth for autism treatment: Improved efficacy, health and cost

The oft-cited statistic that one out of every 68 children in America has autism spectrum disorder (ASD) serves as the ongoing reminder that ASD affects many families, school systems and communities.

The challenge for the health care system at large is to determine the best treatment at a cost society can bear.

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Benzodiazepines: The Other Epidemic

The opioid epidemic has become an all-too-familiar topic in hospital grand rounds, in political speeches, in daily news briefings, and in social media hashtags.

However, there is another epidemic, one that in many cases actually overlaps with, and exacerbates, the opioid crisis: benzodiazepine misuse.

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Probe the system to improve opioid use disorder treatment

A recent Open Minds piece entitled “Untangling the Access Issues for Addiction Treatment” points to four reasons as to why addiction services are rarely or never accessible.

… Most people wouldn’t argue the role these factors play in contributing to access challenges for OUD treatment. However, some people might argue that we need to probe further to untangle what access really looks like in the larger health care delivery system.

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Practical steps to clinical excellence

What makes a great therapist? What are the characteristics of therapists who stand head and shoulders above their peers in delivering effective outcomes for individuals involved in therapy?

Researchers have focused on the following factors:

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Serious mental illness and cancer: Treatment outside the box

“On average, Americans with major mental illness die 14 to 32 years earlier than the general population.”

Every time I hear it, I’m alarmed. Contrary to popular belief, most people with serious mental illness do not die from suicide or violence. They die from the same conditions as those without serious mental illness – cancer, heart disease, diabetes.

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Measurement-based care leads to improved outcomes, resource efficiency

There’s a lot of discussion in health care circles about evidence-based care, measurement-based care, best-practice care, holistic care.

The terms don’t stop there, and neither does their singular importance. Each term has its own significance in this larger puzzle of health care terminology.

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Payer consensus: A new era for substance use disorder treatment

The prevalence of substance use disorder (SUD), highlighted by the opioid crisis, is not new news.

Approximately, 21 million Americans have an SUD. In 2015 alone, opioids killed more than 33,000 people in the United States, more than any previous year on record, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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Catching up to an opioid crisis: Innovation, access

Paul Gileno, founder and president of the U.S. Pain Foundation, recently addressed in an opinion piece the common ascribed-to culprits of the opioid crisis: overprescribing physicians, Big Pharma and even demanding patients.

However, he adds to his list of culprits one not usually seen: the health insurance industry, essentially arguing that insurance does not cover many non-pharmaceutical options for pain relief, such as physical therapy, massage, biofeedback and more.

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The 2017 NAMI National Convention: Behind the Booth

Within hours of being at the Washington Hilton, I knew I was in for a special experience.

As I began to set up Beacon’s booth at the 2017 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Annual Convention, I couldn’t help but notice the hopeful faces all around me.

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Plugging into mental health care: Digital mental health in Colorado

Beacon Health Options is building a lot of bridges to ensure that its members get the quality care they deserve, bridges that span both oceans and mountains.

Beacon has partnered with Ieso Digital Health, a United Kingdom-based firm with a unique digital mental health delivery platform, to provide mental health services for members in Colorado’s Medicaid program, many of whom live in remote rural and frontier areas, stranded from accessible services.

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