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What Drug Monitoring Data Tells Us about the Current State of the Opioid Epidemic

Join the National Council and Quest Diagnostics* for the webinar to gain a better understanding of emerging trends in the opioid drug epidemic that could affect clinical practice and policy, the role of lab-based drug monitoring in reducing risks of drug use and disorders as well as how lab data can enhance the value of prescription drug monitoring programs. Attendees will also learn how to address and discuss recommendations around the use of drug monitoring data with policymakers, providers and patients.

No Money No Mission – 5 Keys to Maximizing Reimbursements

Are you struggling to manage – or just stay on top of the constantly changing fee schedules, eligibility requirements and reimbursement regulations in behavioral health? Falling behind can mean higher denial rates, longer processing time, delayed reimbursements and rising account receivables, all of which impact your ability to serve clients.. During this webinar, you will learn the five keys to immediately maximize your reimbursements. You will also leave with a better understanding of the requirements for your staff to be more efficient and effective billers. Finally, you will learn how to increase your net collections in the ever-changing behavioral health billing system.

CCBHCs & Data: Meeting Requirements, Mastering Systems and Getting the Most Out of Your Data

New CCBHC grantees will be required to meet a diverse and complex set of data reporting requirements. Those reports, however, are only as good as an organization’s data collection process.  From the people and tools gathering the information to the software and analysis — everything needs to work together in order to provide not only compliant data, but also meaningful results, both in terms of clinical outcomes as well as business analytics. Rebecca Farley David, vice president for policy and advocacy at the National Council for Behavioral Health, knows more than almost anyone about the nuances of the CCBHC reporting requirements. And Charlie Grantham, IT and process optimization consultant at MTM Services, knows what it takes to build the systems – human, software and hardware – to make it data a strategic tool and not just a compliance headache. Together, they shared their insights and recommendations for building a highly effective system to ensure CCBHC can use data to drive business decision-making, collaborate with partners and achieve optimal client outcomes.

VBP: Adoption Rates, Policy Pitfalls and Provider Readiness

At this point, you’ve probably heard about the move toward value-based payment (VBP) models. The promise – better quality care at a lower cost. But, what does this mean for behavioral health providers? With all the uncertainty around if, when and how VBP will be implemented, what is the best way to proceed? And, what can you do to influence the policy decisions being made in your state? During this webinar, speakers will discuss trends and current approaches in adopting VBP models, lessons learned from a state’s past and what behavioral health organizations can do to adopt a culture of value amid uncertainty.

The Role of Technology in Solving the Opioid Crisis

It’s been about one year after a State of Emergency was declared and the Opioid Commission issued its recommendations. Where are we now? Join the National Council and our Strategic Partners Relias and myStrength to discuss the state of the opioid epidemic in healthcare, including what progress has been made since the commission report release and declaration of federal State of Emergency. Aaron Williams, MA, Senior Director of Training and Technical Assistance for Substance Abuse at the National Council for Behavioral Health moderates a discussion with clinical experts about the current state of healthcare as it pertains to moving the needle on the opioid epidemic. You'll also hear from Bonni Hopkins, PhD, VP Analytic Innovation and Strategy from Beacon Health Options about how they have used technology to support their efforts.

SAMHSA SMVF TA Center: Asking this Critical Question Can Make a Difference: “Have you or a loved one ever served in the military?”

This Veteran’s Day make a commitment to change how you and others talk to veterans and military families. Community providers and peers can play a critical role in identifying service members, veterans, and their families (SMVF) of all generations who are accessing care in our communities and healthcare systems. When SMVF are not properly screened within our systems, we are missing an opportunity to connect with those individuals, inform treatment planning decisions, and help SMVF access care and benefits. The American Nurses Association launched one of the first efforts of this kind over 5 years ago when they began their “Have you ever served in the military?” campaign. Leaders in the state of New Hampshire developed the Ask the Question campaign and are launching a toolkit designed to assist healthcare providers in the implementation of a consistent approach to pose the question and to then refer SMVF to appropriate care and resources. Throughout the country, the states of Illinois, Kansas, Nevada, New Hampshire, and the city of Los Angeles have all implemented initiatives to integrate this question in screening practices. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) SMVF Technical Assistance Center will conduct a webinar that will provide guidance on how to implement this behavioral health priority. Presenters will outline concrete strategies that will enable stakeholders to develop a more coordinated system of care by connecting SMVF to available, military culture informed resources. The American Academy of Nursing “Have You Ever Served in the Military” campaign and New Hampshire’s “Ask the Question” campaign and toolkit will be featured.

innovaTel Telepsychiatry: Back to School: Helping Children and Parents

Starting a new school year is exciting, but can come with mental health challenges for students, teachers, parents and caregivers alike. The importance of initiating back-to-school routines, a positive mindset and leading by example can help make the transition much easier. Dr. Philip Liu, child and adolescent psychiatrist, discusses methods for families returning to school, cell phone and social media usage, bullying and why children refuse and have anxiety about school. He offers approaches and solutions to each of the different situations. If you are a mental health professional that works closely with school age children, this webinar is sure to help you prepare your patients and their families on how to face challenges throughout the school year.

Pioneering Medicaid All-Cost Claims Study Demonstrates Decrease in Health Care Costs with Digital Behavioral Health Care

Mental illnesses are considered the costliest health care conditions, exceeding the costs of diabetes, respiratory disorders, and cancer – combined. To help address this, the National Council's strategic partner, myStrength partnered with the Missouri Department of Mental Health, the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Missouri Foundation for Health as well as an independent analytics firm in 2016 to analyze the impact of technology on Medicaid health care claims costs, both physical and behavioral. The new, comprehensive study, published in a peer-reviewed journal, demonstrates digital behavioral health care’s ROI and quantifies its per person average annual cost savings segmented by physical and behavioral health care, in addition to the impact of evidence-based technology solutions on total adjudicated claims. Spanning two years, the study compared Medicaid claims among more than 1,500 individuals and facilitated access to myStrength across 25 Missouri community mental health centers to help clients address a wide variety of behavioral health and substance use concerns. This National Council for Behavioral Health webinar highlights the study methodology, key findings, and how digital tools can be effectively and cost-efficiently integrated within any care model.

MTM Ask The Experts: CCBHC Webinar Series Part 2 – Just In Time Prescriber Scheduling

SAMHSA requires CCBHCs to provide access to service within 10 days to clients with nonurgent needs. Many providers – both CCBHCs and those that recognize a more timely access to service is where the field is going – have implemented Same Day Access (SDA) for initial visits coupled with Just in Time (JIT) Prescriber Scheduling to get consumers into nonurgent medical care quickly, often within 3-5 days.

CCBHCs, Assisted Outpatient Treatment and Crisis Intervention: Expanding the Community Resources Continuum

For the six in ten Americans with mental illness who go untreated each year, additional community resources are desperately needed. Without help, individuals with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) too often find themselves in a recurring cycle of incarceration or hospitalization—when earlier intervention could have kept them in their communities. How do we move beyond beds and jails to a robust system of comprehensive, community-based prevention and treatment services? Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) provide expanded access to crisis care, early intervention, and ongoing community-based treatment linked with courts, jails and prisons—paid for by an enhanced reimbursement rate that covers the real costs of these activities. Assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) provides court-ordered treatment in the community for individuals with a history of being unable to consistently participate in treatment voluntarily. This webinar will explore how CCBHCs are uniquely positioned to provide needed care to individuals with SMI and how new expansion grants requiring assisted outpatient treatment services are creating opportunities to partner with individuals, families, jails, courts and probation services.

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