With 2018 in the rear view, it's time to look ahead to the trends set to define 2019. We've collected some we believe will have a great impact this year and beyond.
While the shortage of behavioral health providers has long been acknowledged, the use of telehealth technologies—including practice management systems and online patient portals—to provide greater access to behavioral health professionals has increasingly gained traction and continues to gain validation as an alternative model of care delivery.
Telemedicine is much more than two video cameras, two screens, a doctor and a patient. Telemedicine is a major change in the way healthcare is delivered, and an opportunity for healthcare provider organizations to expand the geography and range of patients they serve.
MAT (MEDICATED-ASSISTED TREATMENT)
Medicated-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of FDA- approved medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.
Addiction experts say such resistance is obstructing efforts to reduce overdose deaths and help addicted Americans get their lives back on track, even as many drain their savings or go into debt paying for repeated stints in residential rehab.
A new emphasis on outcomes measures by both insurers and accrediting bodies is placing an increased focused on measurable, quantitative outcomes for patients while they are in treatment and during follow-up.
We plan on delving into each of the topics below in greater detail throughout the year, but wanted to provide a foundation for understanding them. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions, and watch this space for further details all year long!