Healthcare News

The News That Keeps Healthcare InSync

Our mission is to find healthcare professionals the news that can change lives, inspire minds and push the envelope on matters of behavioral health news, physical therapy, and occupational therapy news, as well as speech-language pathology news. 

4 min read

Relief From Alcohol Dependency Gets Easier as We Grow Older

By Andy Smith on Jun 17, 2021 12:49:44 PM

You’ve heard it before: Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic. And while there’s much truth in that statement, a study published in the journal Substance Use & Misuse offers reassuring (if not remarkable) news that remission from alcohol dependency gets easier with age.

Topics: Healthcare News Mental Health News Substance Use And Abuse News Articles Public Health News
4 min read

Behavioral Health Facilities Closer to Meeting Demand, But Shortfalls Still Exist

By Andy Smith on Jun 11, 2021 1:01:13 PM

There has long been a gap between the supply and demand of specialty behavioral health establishments. The good news is the gap is finally closing. The bad news? Demand still outstrips supply, according to a study by Indiana University and University of Michigan researchers.

Topics: Healthcare News Mental Health News Public Health News
4 min read

Transgender Teens Face Stressors That Lead to Increased Substance Use

By Andy Smith on Jun 10, 2021 2:37:35 PM

Teen life is tough enough with all of its peer pressure, social media stressors, academic demands, and propensity for family discord. That's a lot for anyone to handle. Could life possibly get any tougher? Well, yes, it could. Imagine what life must be like for a transgender teen.

Topics: Healthcare News Mental Health News Pediatrics News Public Health News
3 min read

8 Tips to Prevent Filing False Claims That Could Cost Your Practice $$

By Beth Socoski on Jun 8, 2021 7:45:00 AM

Are you auditing cases at your practice? Almost daily, we read about fines as well as the sentencing of healthcare providers over the submission of fraudulent claims – both intentionally and unintentionally. We are also noticing increased scrutiny of telehealth thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Topics: Healthcare News HIPAA Violations and Compliance
2 min read

Is it Illegal if My Employer Demands My COVID-19 Vaccine Status?

By Beth Socoski on Jun 4, 2021 2:39:55 PM

Can your employer ask you about your vaccination status and force disclosure of PHI? The short answer is, “Yes, but…” But it’s not as straightforward as that. As the United States continues to relax mask restrictions and open back up, the question of who needs to know about employees’ vaccination status has become a hot topic.

Topics: Healthcare News HIPAA Violations and Compliance
4 min read

SAMHSA allocates Record $3 Billion for Mental health and Substance-Use Programs

By Andy Smith on Jun 3, 2021 12:30:01 PM

In response to the crippling effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, SAMHSA is distributing $3 billion in American Rescue Plan funding to support populations most in need. It represents the largest aggregate amount of funding to date for its mental health and substance-use block grant programs.

Topics: Healthcare News Mental Health News
5 min read

Time to Switch EHR Software? Prep Checklist Should Include Timeline, budget, Conversation

By Andy Smith on Jun 2, 2021 9:48:21 AM

You've finally decided to switch to another EHR software. You've concluded that your current system simply isn't cutting it anymore and it's time to move on. And because this is no small commitment in time, money, and resources, you want to do it right. So, what should your first steps be?

Topics: Healthcare News EHR EMR Software News
7 min read

Pandemic Has Practices Scrambling For Profitable Telehealth Solutions

By Andy Smith on May 27, 2021 12:14:52 PM

It took just 130 days in 2020 to give telehealth the shove it needed. Until then, few U.S. providers had even given telehealth much of a thought. More than a century in the making, its evolution and acceptance had progressed at a snail's pace. What it needed was a jolt. What it got was astounding.

Topics: Telehealth News Healthcare News Public Health News
2 min read

Check This List Regularly and Avoid Fines For Hiring The Wrong People

By Beth Socoski on May 19, 2021 7:00:00 AM

Are you checking the OIG exclusion list? If your organization receives monies from any federal healthcare program - including Medicare and Medicaid - you need to ensure that you are not employing excluded individuals or using excluded entities.

Topics: Healthcare News HIPAA Violations and Compliance