• Opioid Abuse Statistics: Standardizing Data Collection to Support Clinicians

    February 21st, 2019

    Volunteers on Electronic Health Record Association’s (EHRA) Opioid Crisis Task Force have made great strides in the past year in our efforts to identify the policy changes and adoption patterns needed to maximize the capacities of health IT to combat the opioid crisis. When we began our work in early 2018, we were surprised to […]

  • THINK TANK | Preparing For Value-Based Reimbursements

    February 18th, 2019

    Under the banner of value-based care (VBC), federal officials have touted the “triple aim” as the effort to improve the quality of healthcare and health outcomes while bending the cost curve. The Herculean effort needed to achieve this will require regulators and purchasers of healthcare to move toward a value-based reimbursement (VBR) structure, which at […]

  • THINK TANK | Changes to Meaningful Use Could Bring New Opportunities

    June 1st, 2018

    For followers of health information technology news, there has been considerable buzz about the overhaul of Meaningful Use. I first heard about the change in March at the HIMSS18 Global Conference & Exhibition. In an address to the audience, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, and the director of The White […]

  • Mental Health Awareness Month

    May 16th, 2018

    Since 1949, every May we observe Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s a national effort to raise awareness about one of the most common illnesses faced by individuals today. Many providers in the Foothold community are on the front lines every day from New York to California and Guam to Puerto Rico. We thank these organizations […]

  • NASUAD HCBS Conference: Person-Centered Planning and Value-Based Payments

    October 5th, 2017

    The fall conference season has started in full earnest and one of my first stops this year was the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference. For those of you unfamiliar with the group, NASUAD represents the nation’s 56 state and territorial agencies on aging […]

  • Direct Support Professional Recognition Week

    September 14th, 2017

    Across the country, different states, politicians, and associations are celebrating and declaring this week as Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week. We think that’s awesome. We join the chorus of voices celebrating the important work of DSPs, and we’re sharing a few ways some of our partners are celebrating. No matter what you do this […]

  • THINK TANK | Spring Travels Illuminate Common Themes

    June 8th, 2017

    Healthy Agencies Create Healthy Communities Every spring and fall, my calendar fills with travel to various regional and national behavioral health conferences. On some stops, I’m presenting workshops with colleagues and on other stops I’m there to learn and share my expertise. It’s always a very enriching experience. As I enter the summer months, I […]

  • National Recovery Month

    September 30th, 2016

    Recovery Can Be An Every Day and Every Month Effort For me, the most important awareness efforts, National Recovery Month, occurs each September and has been part of the behavioral health landscape for over 25 years. According to SAMHSA, over 23 million people in America are in recovery from addiction and over 38% of adults […]

  • The Balancing Incentive Program (BIP)

    June 4th, 2015

    Expanding Home and Community-Based Long-Term Services and Supports   One of the least known but very positive parts of the Affordable Care Act is the creation of the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP). The BIP authorizes monetary grants to individual states with a goal of increasing access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS). BIP increases […]

  • Educating New Leaders: Thoughts from the CBHA Conference

    January 19th, 2015

    I had the pleasure of presenting in Illinois recently at the Community Behavioral Healthcare Association Conference (CBHA). The CBHA is an organization representing the interests of the Behavioral Health community in Illinois. Like so many other states, Illinois is in the midst of change, embracing the many federal opportunities available to improve its network of […]