Some $25 billion to $45 billion per year is lost on poor transitions of care, meaning a failure of the healthcare system to properly transfer a client from the care of one clinician in a certain setting to the care of another clinician in another setting. There are many reasons for this, but it most often happens due to lack of information sharing.
In the behavioral health community, where as many as 68 percent of adults with mental health conditions also have medical conditions, there is tremendous opportunity for cost savings – and more importantly, better client outcomes – if transitions of care are improved.
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Opiate addiction has been declared a public health crisis in many states. Nationwide, more than 100 people die from opiate-related overdoses each day. Some jurisdictions are even equipping emergency service providers with a drug called Narcan, which counteracts the life-threatening effects of an opiate overdose.
But more needs to be done. Continue reading A Deadly Addiction that Requires an Integrated Solution
On Oct. 1, 2015, the healthcare diagnostic process will undergo a fundamental shift. Starting that day, the ICD-9 (International Classification of Diseases, 9th Edition) code sets used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures will be replaced by the ICD-10 code set. Any organizations who fail to comply will be unable to bill for any services provided after that date, which could severely impact their cash flow and their ability to deliver care to the country’s most vulnerable populations.
Five Frequently Asked Questions About ICD-10:
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