Public Health Should Be Taking Center Stage Through ACA

Jack_M_Info-Pic

I continually hear about budget cuts and loss of funding associated with public health departments.  Many of these organizations are facing tough decisions regarding care in their communities. Organizations will be forced to reduce the types of services they offer while others in their communities fill in the gaps. Instead of reducing these services, does Accountable Care Act (ACA) offer public health an opportunity to change course?

Continue reading Public Health Should Be Taking Center Stage Through ACA

Projects – The Enemies Within

Doug_A_Info-Pic

Despite all of his attributes and accomplishments, Abraham Lincoln acknowledged he wasn’t a good project manager. “I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me,” he said. Now, admittedly, Lincoln was conducting a project much larger and much more complex than we encounter, but the principles remain the same. How do you take control of all of the variables that constitute a project and find predictability in the outcomes?

Continue reading Projects – The Enemies Within

Technology Breaks Down Barriers For Behavioral Health & Addiction Treatment

B_Connors_Info-Pic

The changes we’re facing in behavioral health and substance abuse treatment are breaking long-standing barriers within and between organizations. Because of technical advancements, we’ve joined other industries in exchanging client data…allowing us to treat the whole person. This is the most profound change within care delivery processes…at least in my lifetime. Continue reading Technology Breaks Down Barriers For Behavioral Health & Addiction Treatment

Ready or Not: Meaningful Use Stage 2 is Here! This Change has Been Coming at You for a Long, Long Time. How Did that Happen?

Carol_R_Pic-Info

The Goals of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 emphasizes the need for the U.S. to move toward the use of electronic health records.  To encourage a widespread adoption of interoperable health information technology, the legislation called for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT working through NIST, to create a program for voluntary certification of health information technology that is in compliance with the applicable certification criteria to meet defined meaningful use requirements. Meaningful Use stage 1 started the U.S. down this path by pushing healthcare organizations to select an electronic health record and to start their path of digitization. Continue reading Ready or Not: Meaningful Use Stage 2 is Here! This Change has Been Coming at You for a Long, Long Time. How Did that Happen?