Substance Use Treatment in a Digital Era: An Open Letter to the Wall Street Journal and Modern Healthcare

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The Modern Healthcare article, “Key Privacy Rule Could Fall to Accountable Care Push” (June 17), touches on important privacy issues but misses the full context. The same is true of “Drug Treatment Swept Up in Push for Medical-Records Sharing” printed in the June 4 edition of the Wall Street Journal.

Far from becoming a “casualty of the push to accountable care, patient-centered medical homes and other population-oriented health plans”, the proposed rule changes update 1970s-era 42 CFR Part 2 privacy regulations to enable coordination of care and save lives. Continue reading Substance Use Treatment in a Digital Era: An Open Letter to the Wall Street Journal and Modern Healthcare

The People Our Clients Serve…They Are Us

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I was fortunate enough to recently attend a charity event hosted by Henderson Behavioral Health of Broward County and it hit me like a ton of bricks when, midway through the presentations, ten people of various races, creeds, genders, ages, sizes and shapes walked out onto the venue. Members of this group held some of these placards:

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Acting Like A Payer & Provider…It’s Good For Everyone’s Health

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There’s been a lot of talk about the care management and coordination approach organizations should take. Traditional health and human services agencies are being asked to manage/coordinate care for clients or patients. It’s important your organization’s partners share your vision. The collective we are responsible for the care of an individual — even when the services are not directly provided by the organization. When coordinating care, the case managers become the care managers.

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