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Closing gap between overdose and treatment in Hamilton County to stem relapses, deaths

It won’t be long before medically stable overdose patients in Hamilton County will be ushered into a center where they can stay short-term, be assessed and sent into treatment. The idea: Moving the addicted population directly into treatment before they relapse again or die. The 16-bed Hamilton County Engagement Center will launch next month at the county’s Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Center on Burnet Avenue in Corryville, said Neil Tilow, president and CEO of Talbert House. The $1.4 million project is the most dramatic among the efforts that the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition leaders announced Tuesday in a meeting to release

New detox facility to offer evidence-based treatment

A new addiction treatment facility opening up on Warren’s northwest side is taking the lessons learned from the evidence-based model of one of Warren’s existing facilities. FSR Parkman is set to start accepting clients Feb. 19 at its 4390 Enterprise Drive location, and staff is already assessing clients to fill the 16-bed treatment center that will offer detoxification services, along with outpatient and extended-stay treatment. Scott Wilkes, owner and CEO of the new facility, is new to the treatment facility business. The Akron-based geologist from the oil and gas industry, said he partnered with First Step Recovery, 2737 Youngstown Road

Emerald Jenny Foundation offers guidance to families fighting addiction

Bill Ayars wanted so much to believe that his daughter, Jennifer Emerald Ayars, could get it all figured out and conquer her addiction. “As a parent, I would tend to focus on the behavior,” Ayars says. “Just stop doing that. Go get help. Quit hanging around with those people. You need to change. Never really accepting addiction as a disease was my biggest misconception on how I thought we needed to be working on this.” Ayars lost his daughter in 2016 to a drug overdose. She was 28. He took some time to process what had happened and decided he

2018 Annual Update for Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule

The codes that are considered a laboratory test under Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) change each year. These codes require a facility to have either a CLIA certificate of registration (type code 9), a CLIA certificate of compliance (type code 1), or a CLIA certificate of accreditation (type code 3). A facility with a CLIA certificate of waiver (type code 2) or a CLIA certificate for provider-performed microscopy procedures (type code 4) without one of these certificates cannot be paid for the following tests. Codes Added Mid-year 2017 Effective Feb. 1, 2017: 0001U – Red blood cell antigen typing, DNA,

County organizations respond to epidemic

MIAMI COUNTY — As the heroin epidemic swept across the state of Ohio, Miami County’s first responders searched for solutions to reduce overdoses. Instead of waiting for addicts to walk in for treatment, first responders and addiction and mental health specialists decided to try one option: to go out on the streets and knock on doors of addicts’ homes. Flipping through pages of names and other data, members of the city of Troy’s Quick Response Team mapped out their weekly outreach stops at Troy Fire Department’s Station No. 2 last Wednesday. Miami County Recovery Council’s community care liaison Mike Bessler

Providers Embrace Telehealth While Patients Waffle

Recent research by Avizia, a telehealth provider, indicates that although providers are largely excited about the new technology, 82 percent of consumers are either unsure of, or have never heard of, telehealth services. The findings in the company’s white paper “2017 Closing the Telehealth Gap” swim against the recent wave of legislative acceptance, federal initiatives, and the birth of local services. Providers and Telehealth Providers increasingly see telehealth as a better way to expand access to healthcare. Forty percent of providers seeing telehealth as a solution in 2016 became 70 percent in 2017. Providers increasingly see it as a tool to reduce costs,

3 Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management Drivers to Watch in 2018

One ageless trend emerging for 2018 is the quest of hospitals, larger carriers and clinics to identify new revenue streams; not just managing revenue cycles, but creating them. The healthcare industry is now looking at revenue which can be generated through the interoperability of Annual Wellness Visits (AWV), chronic care and service care transitions between physical and behavioral health services. Hospital systems and other healthcare facilities that can connect these services with technologies such as bi-directional information flow will benefit by offering these services and creating a new profit centers of revenue through reimbursements by CMS and private insurers. These

In-House vs. Outsourced Billing Operations: Which Is Best? In-House vs. Outsourced Billing Operations: Which Is Best?

In my nearly 20 years of practicing medicine as both a healthcare provider and medical practice owner, medical billing has proven to be one of the most complex and crucial components of my business. As the management of medical practices evolves with the introduction of new technologies, government requirements, and financial limitations, owner-practitioners constantly find themselves having to decide which operations methods will both save expenses and generate revenues. And of course, medical billing is one of those operations. Regardless of whether you keep your billing operations in-house or outsource them, your first concern should be your professional medical coding


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