Infinity’s October Update!

We hope those of you that attended Moments of Change enjoyed the plentitude of networking & fellowship opportunities, the breaking Palm Beach coastline, and snapping selfies with the friendly (up for debate) Foundations Robot, Max!
On the healthcare front, another vote was postponed last week; legislators knew they were still lacking the support necessary to move forward. Our first feature article addresses the the resignation of Dr. Tom Price from his seat as the U.S. Health and Human Services secretary and how this change could affect our never-ending healthcare legislation debate. Forbes reports this change could help bring bipartisan legislation front and center.
Last month we saw Senator Bernie Sanders reference comparisons of our current healthcare system with other large countries and what we could potentially learn from them. This month, the New York Times shared a piece by Nicholas Kristof, whose hometown in rural Oregon, has been ravaged by methamphetamines and opioids. Kristof also takes a comparative approach at a different country to examine how drug addiction has been handled over the last few decades, since it initially became a signifiant issue and when the US was also faced with deciding how to confront the issue. Kristof paints a much different picture of substance abuse issues in Portugal than what we’re facing here in the US with the opioid epidemic and the alarming rate of overdose deaths. Continue reading our third feature article below for the details.
Infinity has two informative events coming up–one on the East coast and one on the West Coast. After a very well-received ‘SIU Seminar’ event in Los Angeles and by popular demand, we are bringing this lunch and learn presentation to our Fort Lauderdale office in November. In California, we invite you to join us for a collaborative panel discussion on how to integrate best clinical practice and medical necessity to maximize your revenue, on October 25th in Woodland Hills. You can find all of the details below and be sure to register for your spot quickly–space is limited!
Our hearts are heavy with the news from Las Vegas. To see how you can help, and how counselors and mental health organizations are offering their services to the grieving city, please take a moment to click here.
Bipartisan Push Intensifies to Fix Obamacare With Price Gone
(Forbes)- With Dr. Tom Price’s resignation as U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, the effort to improve the individual health insurance market under the Affordable Care Act may gain bipartisan momentum.
Meanwhile, reports emerged late last week as Price was resigning that could bring bipartisan legislation forward to shore up the ACA’s individual market. One Senate proposal would allow health insurers to sell skimpier benefit packages at a lower price while at the same time paying key Obamacare subsidies through at least next year. The legislation is furthest along in the Senate from Republican Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democrat Patty Murray of Washington.
Please click here for the full article.

 

How to Win a War on Drugs
(New York Times)- Decades ago, the United States and Portugal both struggled with illicit drugs and took decisive action – in diametrically opposite directions. The U.S. cracked down vigorously, spending billions of dollars incarcerating drug users. In contrast, Portugal undertook a monumental experiment: It decriminalized the use of all drugs in 2001, even heroin and cocaine, and unleashed a major public health campaign to tackle addiction. Ever since in Portugal, drug addiction has been treated more as a medical challenge than as a criminal justice issue.
After more than 15 years, it’s clear which approach worked better. The United States drug policy failed spectacularly, with about as many Americans dying last year of overdoses – around 64,000 – as were killed in the Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq Wars combined.
Please click here to continue reading.
Why It Took Google So Long to End Shady Rehab Center Ads
(Bloomberg)- Google says it has always been its policy to block sites that traffic in illegal or unethical activities from advertising or showing up in search results. On Sept. 14 the company went further: It announced plans to stop accepting ads for rehab centers. The sudden announcement came a few days after the tech news site the Verge published a story about how unethical treatment providers, and in some cases criminals, use AdWords to exploit addicts. It described treatment operators who deceive vulnerable patients about treatments, facilities, and even the locations of their clinics. Some advertisers posed as caregivers but were really call centers that sold leads on patients to the highest bidder….So far, there are still holes in Google’s ad ban. On Sept. 25, 11 days after the policy change was announced, searches for “addict treatment,” “rehab Boston,” and “rehab Vermont” produced four paid ads for treatment facilities at the top of the results. Elisa Greene, a Google spokeswoman, said implementation of the changes would come gradually but declined to offer a detailed timeline.
Gemp says his Google reps have told him the company is zeroing in on 70,000 addiction-treatment-related keywords. It will be both complicated and expensive-if Google successfully cuts off shady operators, it’s going to cost the company money. But then, no one ever said it was easy getting clean.
Please click here to read the full article.

 

Seminar – SIU: What to Know in a Commercial Payer Audit
The American Addiction Treatment Association and Infinity Behavioral Health Services have teamed up again to bring you an overview of the commercial payer SIU process, provide lessons learned for surviving an audit, and offer tips for how to avoid being flagged in the first place.
Any prov
ider billing an insurance company runs the risk of an audit, which can have severe consequences for both finances and workflow. As the behavioral health field expands to better meet the needs of a national addiction crisis, payers are putting more attention on the industry, and subjecting providers to significantly more scrutiny. Industry experts will walk you through an audit from start to finish and go through the possible outcomes. They will also discuss the issues most frequently addressed by payers, how to address them in an audit, and how to make the changes to your practice today to lower the chance of being audited.
Infinity and the law offices of Nelson Hardiman will present on these topics, hoping to prepare you better for the ongoing increase of payer scrutiny in our industry. Lunch will be provided.
 
When:
Wednesday, November 8th, 10:30A – 12:30P EST
Where:
Infinity Behavioral Health Services – Florida
2901 Stirling Rd, Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Registration:     Please click here to register.

 

Keeping the Doors Open: Where Admin Meets Clinical
Integrating Clinical Best Practice & Medical Necessity to Maximize Revenue
As scrutiny from commercial insurers continues to heighten, collecting reimbursement remains a daunting and complicated pursuit. It is a more critical time than ever for behavioral healthcare providers to ensure their administrative and clinical teams are in sync. Both sides of the business must be aligned in prioritizing the quality of patient care to improve clinical outcomes and capture the insurance reimbursement necessary to keep the doors open. Medical necessity and clinical documentation drive the revenue cycle, yet sub-par documentation and medical record requests continue to present a huge challenge for most providers, often resulting in significant financial losses.
Clinicians from various corners of the industry have collaborated to present solutions for prioritizing patient care while increasing revenue. This presentation will impart a perspective of payer expectations and recent national trends, which will arm providers with a clearer understanding of the obstacles they face. In a multi-faceted discussion, presenters will dissect clinical issues that impact reimbursement, such as documentation of medical necessity, program development, and treatment implementation practices. Attendees can expect to gain insight into how clinical documentation directly impacts the entire revenue cycle, from the front-line initial authorization requests to the bitter end in appeals via medical record reviews. Best practice strategies for protecting the long-term health of your business, pertaining to both clinical and billing operations, will be discussed alongside first-hand experience from treatment providers on the practical application of these concepts.
This collaborative event is being offered by Infinity Behavioral Health Services, Elizabeth Irias, LMFT, Sober College, and Engage Therapy. We invite C-level administrators, program directors, clinical supervisors, and clinicians to learn the strategies necessary to bridge the gap between administrative and clinical team goals. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a dynamic, panel-format discussion of these important issues.
A light lunch & snacks will be offered.
 
When: 
Wednesday, October 25th, 2017, 12:30P – 4:00P PST
Where:                
Sober College Campus
6022 Variel Avenue
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Registration:
Please click here to register.

 

To learn more about how Infinity can help your business, please visit our website, contact us by phone at 800.446.3982 or email us at info@infinitybehavioral.com.

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