It is written somewhere that you CAN NOT serve two masters. Well, nowhere is that less true than in the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) industry. In fact, if you are not willing to serve at least two masters, you may not have a center to serve anyone.
Hurricanes come with many dangers, including high speed winds and heavy rain with the potential to cause massive flooding, power outages and destruction. No matter where you are located or what disaster you are preparing for, you should always be ready for the worst-case scenario.
With approximately 10 people overdosing an hour in this country, it’s hard for anyone not to be optimistic about the prospect of a heroin vaccine.
As we approach the Ribbon Cutting for our recent move of our office to our new location I was reflecting on the journey of the last 18 months. Yes 18 months! Are you planning to move your office? – It’s a great idea to start at least a year in advance. Scouting for property is the easy part, my business partner will assure you of that. However, the buildout, planning, architects, contractors, and IT are significant decisions that cannot be made hastily if you want to move without interrupting your service.
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You shouldn’t feel like you’re gambling when submitting your behavioral health claims. Unfortunately, that is exactly what it can feel like when trying to obtain payments for services rendered in the behavioral health billing industry. Much like playing roulette, the insurance companies like to play a game of odds, hoping that you will give up on denied claims, even when a service should be covered. It seems that the odds are always tipped in the payer’s favor. There is a saying in the world of gambling: “The house always wins.” While that is true in gambling it does not necessarily mean that this needs to be the case in the for your treatment center billing.
The weather is finally breaking in the northeast. Over the weekend, I was out and about and ran into some veterans collecting donations as Memorial Day is approaching. I always make a donation, for it is their sacrifices that allow me to live a life of freedom today! I did not have any cash and told them I would be back. When I came out of the store they were gone. I felt terrible that I missed the opportunity to donate and thank them for their service. I walked out into the parking lot and found them loading their car. I gratefully handed them my donation and said, “thank you for your service, it is your service that allows me to live a free life today.” They said wait! Let us give you a poppy. Being a heroin addict in recovery I said “that’s ok, don’t worry about it.” They insisted and I did not want to dishonor their tradition. It is a pretty flower after all, even if it’s meaning is very different to me. Read more
In honor of Alcohol Awareness Month I had asked my Friend “Sam I Am” to write his story; what he was like, what happened, and what he is like now. You see, once sober, Sam took to the act of service as so many of us do in recovery. Working in the Behavioral Health field I continually meet colleagues who share their story, their journey that brought them to sobriety, and a life being fulfilled by working in recovery. Read more
With the insurance payers requesting medical records at an alarming rate, it is critical that the client chart complies with multiple levels of requirements. Most centers are now serving three masters: State Regulations, Accreditation Requirements and Payer’s inconsistent criteria. Facilities’ and Center’s Policies and Procedures should include routine chart audits conducted by a compliance officer, peer reviewers and even third-party consultants. It’s that IMPORTANT! Claim reimbursement is often contingent on a payer reviewing the chart to determine if it meets medical necessity. Read more
At Integrity Billing, we value fully engaging in the communities where we live and work. One way we do this is by supporting local organizations that provide services to improve the lives of area residents, with a particular focus on education, healthcare, recovery and the arts. Read more
Being newly sober, it can be frightening to think “I will never drink again! I will have to go to these meetings the rest of my life. Life is going to stay the same forever”. Here are a few things you can do to challenge the pessimist inside of you, and how to spice up your sober life’s routine!