Accreditation Even More Important as Google Cracks Down on Addiction Treatment Ads

  The New York Times has recently reported that Google has begun implementing new advertising restrictions on searches for addiction treatment centers in the United States. The online search engine has eliminated ads that appear when a search is done using specific phrases, including “drug rehab” and “alcohol treatment centers”, among others that treatment providers have been willing to pay up to $70 per ad click for. Reasons for Google’s bold move include the practice among some marketers to use … Continue reading

It’s All About Mitigating Risk – Technology Plans and Accreditation

Every successful organization needs a comprehensive, carefully planned, effective risk management program; one that not only focuses on risks related to finances, insurance levels, human resource practices, etc., but includes a thorough review of information and technology management risks.  This is true whether an organization is seeking accreditation or not, as there is always risk involved when talking about technology. One component to help control risk and plan for future organizational growth is the development of a formal written information … Continue reading

Options for Complying with the New Joint Commission Outcome Measures Standard

If you’re like most of the treatment providers we’ve talked to recently, you probably have heard of the new Joint Commission behavioral healthcare standard for patient-reported outcomes, but haven’t yet determined the best way to comply.  This article provides some background on both the standard and your options. Let’s start by discussing why the Joint Commission created this standard.  Extensive research over the past 20 years has shown that the process of regularly asking patients how they’re feeling and sharing … Continue reading

Pro-active Measures to Keep Cyber Criminals Out

I have the perfect 100% guarantee to protect your information systems from ANY cyber-attack. You will pay me handsomely for my solution too. Here it is: Cut the power cord on your PC and bury everything in concrete. Problem solved! Ha, hack that hackers! Although this drastic measure is theoretically effective, it’s obviously a non-starter. However, the idea does illustrate a greater and more important point: if your systems are powered up and connected in some way to the Internet, … Continue reading

Getting Your Board on Board for Accreditation

Organizations with a corporate governing board (whether a nonprofit’s board of directors or a for-profit’s board of advisors/trustees), should be sure to actively include this group in the run-up to national accreditation. I have often said that having a leadership team embrace the importance of accreditation will not guarantee a successful outcome, but if leadership does not support accreditation, then you are guaranteed to have problems. This correlation extends to board members. One should present the benefits of accreditation and … Continue reading

5 Reasons Behavioral Health Providers Should Consider Accreditation

It seems the interest in national accreditation is on the rise. More and more behavioral health and human services organizations are considering taking the plunge, even when there is no state or local mandate. Why? Here are five reasons behavioral health providers should consider accreditation this year. Accreditation provides an external validation of the quality of your programs and services. This can increase credibility and boost your reputation to help expand your referral base, attract individuals looking for services, and … Continue reading