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The Power of Improving Clinical Documentation in Behavioral Health Care

The Power of Improving Clinical Documentation in Behavioral Health Care

February 01, 2018

 
By Dr. Sam Toney, Board Certified Psychiatrist & CEO of Toney HealthCare Consulting

As with much of the healthcare industry, Behavioral Health and Chemical Dependency treatment facilities and providers face ongoing challenges in the areas of reimbursement, quality care delivery and medical/legal risks.

From a reimbursement perspective, most behavioral health facilities and providers continue to receive per diem/per unit payment. That means every day counts and is scrutinized by payers for medical necessity based on documentation provided. Admissions may be denied outright or the full and appropriate length of stay may not be approved.

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