Should you change your clinical documentation for people at risk for deportation?

Should you change your clinical documentation for people at risk for deportation?

From the blog Statnews.com, “Why I’ve learning to leave blank spots in some patients’ medical records,” posted 3-6-17.  This article reviews potential problems that medical documentation can cause for undocumented people.   To cut to the chase: HIPPA protects patient health information, but it is “not an unconditional legal shield” if you are working undocumented people who may be subject to deportation.

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PCPs still screen for depression at a very low (

PCPs still screen for depression at a very low (<5%) rate

ScienceBlog posted “Depression Screening Rates in Primary Care Remain Low” on 2-20-17.  This article reviews the results of a study that found that, in spite of efforts to increase depression screening in PCP offices, less than 5% of adult patients are actually screened.

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Leading neuroscientist opposes use of the “brain disease” model for addictions

Leading neuroscientist opposes use of the “brain disease” model for addictions

From The ScienceofUs blog, “There’s a Downside to Viewing Addiction As a Brain Disease” on 2-21-17. The original article, “Viewing addiction as a brain disease promotes social injustice,” was posted by Nature.com, and was written by Carl L. Hart, Ph.D. He is the Chair of the Department of Psychology at Columbia University and on his website he describes himself as a “Scientist. Activist. Educator.”  He is a neuroscientist who advocates, “science should be driving out drug policies, even if it makes us uncomfortable.”

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Health care psychology: SAMHSA webinar about coordinating with PCPs for older adults

Health care psychology: SAMHSA webinar about coordinating with PCPs for older adults

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration – Center for Integrated Health Solutions presented a webinar, “Aging Well: Addressing Behavioral Health with Older Adults in Primary Care Settings” on 2-15-17. (to view the video, you must register.  It is 90 minutes.  I think that I have summarized the most important information.)

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Outcomes measurement data can help your bottom line, part 2

Outcomes measurement data can help your bottom line, part 2

Following  up on a previous MHConcierge blog posting about the emerging opportunities for mental health organizations, and even small groups of professionals, to use outcomes data to negotiate with payers, Open Minds posted an article that advocates for using our own outcomes data to look out for ourselves.

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Take charge of your future with your own outcomes data

Take charge of your future with your own outcomes data

OpenMinds.com, a company that provides information and support to health care organizations, has posted two blogs recently that can provide potential ideas for developing and marketing your own value-based data about your services/program/clinic/agency.

These articles were written for health care organizations seeking new, or better, contracts with managed care companies, but have potential implications for smaller organizations, such as agencies and clinics; the suggestions may even be worth considering by small groups of independent mental health professionals that are seeking to survive, or even thrive, in the emerging value-based marketplace.

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