Health Care Delivery

ACOs: Risk for the greater good

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MassHealth is just weeks away from accepting applications from provider and insurance organizations to form Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).

But what does that mean in terms of tangible impact to Beacon Health Options and companies like it, the Commonwealth, and most importantly, the member? Should we feel excited? Skeptical? Indifferent?

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ECHO: Expanding community-based treatment for opioid use disorder

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With the breakneck speed at which health care research is advancing, it’s logical to argue that medical knowledge is outpacing medical practice, especially in behavioral health.

That’s why it’s important for Beacon Health Options (Beacon) to seek out the tools health professionals need to stay abreast of the latest advancements in evidence-based care.

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The £350 million per week question: What will Brexit really mean for mental health and the NHS?

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On June 23, Britain, by way of public referendum and by a 52-48% margin, became the first member state to vote to leave the European Union (EU). Nobody had planned for this.

As a tiny amount of Brexit dust begins to settle, it remains to be seen exactly what this unprecedented decision will mean for the National Health Service (NHS) and mental health services in the United Kingdom.

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Beacon to Measure a Different Level of Outcomes

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Greetings from the Sunshine State!

However, it’s more than sunshine that is making Florida a place of interest in Beacon Health Options’ (Beacon) ongoing story. In the first week of July, Beacon launched an outcomes pilot in Florida whose aim is to measure a different level of outcomes – outcomes that matter and truly reflect whether we are improving the lives of some of the most complex and vulnerable members in the state.

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New Advocacy Program Drives Customer Satisfaction

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It’s not new news that health care, rightly or wrongly deserved, has a reputation for being complicated and challenging to navigate.

It sometimes leaves consumers of health care services with a lingering sense of discontent. For those of us in the industry, whether on the payer or provider side, know that often this reputation is not deserved. However, as the saying goes, perception is more important than reality.

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Breaking Ground through Provider Partnerships

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We hear a lot about the value of relationships in our personal lives.

They help people to live longer, deal with stress better, and experience better well-being. The same can be said for health care, where relationships take the form of partnerships. For Beacon Health Options (Beacon), this is especially true in Colorado where, for 22 years, Beacon and its partners have measurably improved the lives of the people they serve.

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Breaking the ER Recidivist Cycle: Support and Community Engagement

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Why do some people visit the emergency room more than others? Further, what can clinicians, specifically, and the community, generally, do about it?

These are questions a Beacon Health Options (Beacon) pilot program at its Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership wants to answer. Through my work as an intensive care manager (ICM) in the Hartford area, I can suggest some solutions.

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Applied Behavioral Analysis: More With Less for Autism Treatment

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With April as National Autism Awareness Month, it’s a good time to recalibrate where we are when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

While there is much to celebrate, there is also a reminder for continued vigilance: children receiving Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services achieve better outcomes with fewer hours of intervention, but its use is still well below the ASD prevalence rate.

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A New Road Taken: The Intersection of Health Care and Technology

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Beacon Health Options’ new Oakland, CA office sits literally and figuratively at the intersection of health care and technology.

To one side of our building stands Kaiser’s corporate headquarters. To the other side stand towers occupied by San Francisco’s spreading tech boom, including Uber’s new office. It’s a fitting metaphor for where Beacon stands as well – at a point of transition to a world where technology is an essential enabler of services.

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Time to Encourage Consumerism in Health Care

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We don’t have to be experts to provide feedback.

I was doing some Google searching on the best way to find a doctor, trying to put myself in the shoes of a member who might be looking for services, and one of the articles that popped up struck such a chord that I had to put pen to paper.

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