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Outcomes-Driven Model of Delivering Care in a Behavioral Health World

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Outcomes-Driven Model of Delivering Care in a Behavioral Health World

July 13, 2012

In the acute medical world an outcomes-driven model of delivering care has been very successful. I believe the same will hold true for the behavioral healthcare world. In a behavioral health setting a diagnosis is likely more of a categorization of groups, and outcomes will be generally measured along one or more of three dimensions: symptomology, functionality and satisfaction. So outcomes reporting might look like, “For depressed patients, 87% showed improved mood when seen by Dr. Jones” or “ at one year post treatment, 67% of people with a serious mental illness who attended program Y were still employed”. Continue reading Outcomes-Driven Model of Delivering Care in a Behavioral Health World

Diagnosis Code Debate

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Diagnosis Code Debate

June 18, 2012

was recently asked the following question:

There always seems to be an on-going debate in the market as it relates to Diagnosis. There is debate is between DSM-IV and DSM-V and in other instances, I hear people in the behavioral health industry lash out against ICD-9 vs. DSM. But what I do not understand is why the code set used to define the diagnosis is focused upon as the source of frustration. In my mind, these code sets are just a language used to describe/identify a diagnosis and rather than debate the issue of whether you can truly ever accurately diagnose a client with mental illness, it seems that people debate the language. In my mind, it is as though someone called me an “idiot” in French. Frankly, I do not rally against the French language, I take umbrage with the assessment that I am an “idiot.” I am sure I am missing something, but can you explain why the language used (DSM-V, ICD-9, DSM-V) makes such a difference to people in the market? Continue reading Diagnosis Code Debate

Interoperability vs. Confidentiality

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Interoperability versus Confidentiality

June 4, 2012

This is my first blog post and I’ve ruminated about what to write for several weeks. After much thought, it occurred to me that one of the biggest conundrums facing the behavioral industry these days is the challenge of Interoperability versus Confidentiality. So, let’s take a few minutes to explore this issue. Continue reading Interoperability vs. Confidentiality