• THINK TANK | Looking Back to Inform Our Future

    January 16th, 2018

    Thoughts from Foothold Technology’s Senior Advisor By David Bucciferro, Senior Advisor, Foothold Technology It is hard to believe 2018 is already well underway. I have never been one to dwell on the past, but a little review before thinking about the future helps keep us grounded. Reflecting on 2017, I remember the turmoil that played […]

  • THINK TANK | Three Lasting Impressions from HIMSS17

    March 9th, 2017

    by David Bucciferro, Senior Advisor, Foothold TechnologyMarch 9, 2017 Last month I had the pleasure of spending four days at HIMSS17, the annual conference of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. Nearly 50,000 clinicians, IT professionals, educators, researchers, government officials, and vendors were in attendance. The conference offers attendees time to see and hear […]

  • Webinar Follow Up: HCBS – Strategies for Success in a New World!

    January 4th, 2017

    by Jeremiah Dameron, David Bucciferro, and Laura Nuss, Foothold Technology December 8, 2016 As part of our ongoing efforts to provide our constituents with a better understanding of the new Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) settings rules, we had the privilege to sit down with Laura Nuss and David Bucciferro, Foothold Technology’s Senior Advisors and […]

  • September is National Recovery Month:

    September 30th, 2016

    Recovery Can Be An Every Day and Every Month Effort by David Bucciferro, Senior Advisor, Foothold Technology September 30, 2016 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 […]

  • Think Tank | Implementing HCBS in New York: Examining Service Delivery Models

    May 24th, 2016

    by David Bucciferro, Senior Advisor, Foothold Technology In New York State, there has been a lot of buzz about Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) for individuals participating in the Behavioral Health Managed Care programs known as Health and Recovery Plans (HARPS). I am often asked for my thoughts on how these services will affect […]

  • On the Road Again: Behavioral Health Conferences from Coast to Coast

    May 18th, 2016

    New Opportunities To Share & Learn by David Bucciferro, Senior Advisor May 18, 2016 This time of year many people in our industry travel all over the country to attend conferences. For most, it’s a time to renew relationships with former colleagues, create new connections, learn new ideas and sometimes, reaffirm the things we are […]

  • Thoughts from NatCon 2016: Finding Our Path at the Crossroads

    May 17th, 2016

    David Bucciferro, Senior Advisor May 17, 2016 Every year the National Council for Behavioral Health hosts an annual gathering of behavioral health professionals from around the country. Similar to the 2015 NatCon, this year’s conference was inspiring and I left the event with an acute sense of change. Clearly the behavioral health world is finding […]

  • 2015 New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services Conference

    November 3rd, 2015

    Renewal, Recovery, and Learning by David Bucciferro, Senior Advisor, Foothold Technology November 3, 2015 Each September, executives, administrators, supervisors, direct care staff and consumers from the psychiatric rehabilitation community convene on a little hamlet in upstate New York for three days of comradery, emotional renewal, and learning at the Annual NYAPRS (New York Association of […]

  • Taking Depression Out of the Shadows

    August 13th, 2014

    by David Bucciferro, Senior Advisor. The passing of Robin Williams brings to light yet again the darkness of depression. A darkness that we see time and time again, but after a few days of sadness and remorse, and at times outrage, we let it slip back into the shadows. We do this even though in […]

  • 42 CFR Part 2: Confidentiality and Coordinated Care

    June 10th, 2014

    by David Bucciferro, Senior Advisor. There is a lot of discussion taking place about Federal Regulation 42 CFR Part 2. These confidentiality regulations were initially promulgated in 1970 to implement protections required in the Comprehensive Alcoholism Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Act (also known as the Hughes Act). Along with other very important pieces that helped […]

  • Foothold’s Fall Speaking Engagements

    October 16th, 2013

    We’re very fortunate to have been invited to present at many conferences this year on technology and strategies for good documentation. Here are some of our upcoming appearances in case you’ll be able to join us: OCTOBER Oct. 17: David Bucciferro at the New Hampshire Providers Association (NHPA) in Concord Oct. 21: Laura Marshall at […]

  • Aurora Family Service: A 130-yr old Agency with a Long-Term Vision

    October 10th, 2013

    On September 4th, David Bucciferro spoke at the Illinois Alcohol and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA) Annual Conference with Jane Pirsig, Executive Director of Aurora Family Service, based in Milwaukee. They presented “The Three A’s of a Successful Agency” through the special lens of issues faced by healthcare providers in the region. Attendees came away with strategies […]

  • Think Tank | The Three A’s of a Successful Agency

    July 17th, 2013

    by David Bucciferro. In a time of diminishing resources and ever-changing regulations, today’s providers are entering a new era of care characterized by increased oversight activity and a shift in service delivery from volume-based to value-based, among other changes. Success in the new environment will require more complex methods of documentation, and a new approach […]

  • Notes on the DSM-5 Changes

    December 18th, 2012

    by David Bucciferro.  Back in 1999, research priorities for the development of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) were set at a conference sponsored jointly by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).  After more than a dozen tumultuous years, the APA Board of Trustees approved the […]

  • Tips for Using Mobile Devices Securely

    December 14th, 2012

    by David Bucciferro.  With more healthcare providers using mobile devices in their work, the issue of how to protect Patient Health Information (PHI) is a major concern. These portable tools, such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets, offer a measure of freedom for providers, but also carry some major risks, as they’re likely to be more […]

  • Medicare Standard Shouldn’t Rule Out Recovery

    November 13th, 2012

    by David Bucciferro. On October 16th of 2012, the US Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Center for Medicare Advocacy proposed a settlement to the nationwide class-action lawsuit Jimmo v. Sebelius. The case, filed in January of 2011 in the Vermont Federal District Court, challenged Medicare’s use of an “Improvement” standard in determining […]