As I write this edition I have just returned from the National Council Conference on Behavioral Health held in San Diego. My colleague and I met many interesting directors, clinicians and advisors from all of the mental health disciplines. This conference is highly regarded in the industry as the place to gain up to the minute treatment practices, fellowship with other providers and view the latest technology the vendors have to offer. If you get a chance to attend the conference next year, to be held in Chicago, I would highly recommend it.
The main topic of conversation this year on the exhibit floor was all about change, Meaningful Use, ANSI 5010 billing standards, the move to ICD-10-CM, and how the government views mental health providers and facilities in the wake of these new initiatives. The overall consensus was that there are very challenging times ahead.
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