Human Services

Public Health Should Be Taking Center Stage Through ACA

I continually hear about budget cuts and loss of funding associated with public health departments.  Many of these organizations are facing tough decisions regarding care in their communities. Organizations will be forced to reduce the types of services they offer while others in their communities fill in the gaps. Instead of reducing these services, does Accountable Care Act (ACA) offer public health an opportunity to change course?

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Technology Breaks Down Barriers For Behavioral Health & Addiction Treatment

The changes we’re facing in behavioral health and substance abuse treatment are breaking long-standing barriers within and between organizations. Because of technical advancements, we’ve joined other industries in exchanging client data…allowing us to treat the whole person. This is the most profound change within care delivery processes…at least in my lifetime.

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HIMSS Not Completely Addressing The Full Spectrum Of Healthcare

In his keynote address Monday, Feb. 24, at HIMSS 2014, Aetna CEO Mark T. Bertolini declared “It’s the perfect time to change.”  He makes the case for three key priorities for the country’s ailing healthcare system. Invest in helping individuals take steps towards improved wellness via healthy choices and lifestyle Improve the care of the chronically ill Align financial incentives As I walked up and down every aisle in the HIMSS

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Kevin Scalia Addresses ONC BH Committee

Recently I testified to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Policy committee’s certification and adoption workgroup regarding voluntary certification of electronic health records for behavioral health. Many groups were represented in the discussion including consumer advocates, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, SATVA, behavioral health providers, and methadone clinics. There were those

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International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL)

International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL)  April 12, 2013 As I mentioned, I have attended two noteworthy events recently. Last week, I shared with you about attending the MHCA event. This week, I will be talking about how I recently attended the seventh meeting of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) www.iimhl.com in Auckland New Zealand. IIMHL was created in 2003 primarily through the efforts of MHCA. Several of the members of

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Mental Health Corporations of America (MHCA)

Mental Health Corporations of America (MHCA) April 5, 2013 was recently involved in two somewhat related events that were noteworthy in their own ways. This week I will be blogging about Mental Health Corporations of America (MHCA) and next week will follow up with the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) event in Auckland New Zealand. First was the retirement of Don Hevey, CEO of MHCA. In case you don’t know, MHCA is an invitation only trade Association for CEOs of nonprofit…

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Risk Management – Part 1

Risk Management – Part 1 October 2, 2012 “Life is a probability statement.” – Jim Treloar, Ph.D. Dr. Treloar was my statistics and research methods professor when I was working on my doctorate at Ball State University. His quote above has stuck with me my entire career. It summarizes the human condition in one, pithy sentence. We can’t predict events exactly, but we can say (sometimes with high confidence) when they are more or less likely to happen. For some…

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Checklists In Complex Systems

Checklists In Complex Systems July 31, 2012 In his book The Checklist Manifesto, Dr. Atul Gawande made a compelling case for the value of checklists in complex systems. Dr. Gawande correctly observed that checklists are routinely used in aviation to mitigate risk and improve safety. Pilots use checklists extensively for a reason. Flying an airplane is a complex endeavor and things can get missed if one relies on memory – especially when things get stressful. There is a phenomenon called…

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