Wanted: Mental Health IT Parity

It was 2008 when legislation to create parity between behavioral/mental health services and all other health services was signed into law. In 2009 the HITECT Act was signed, setting in motion all of the information technology changes necessary to support a health care system in sync with the digital age. One should have guessed, however that IT advances in behavioral/mental health would not keep pace with those made in the other medical disciplines. While facilities can receive incentive payments for the adoption of health information technology for the psychiatrists and nurse practitioners on staff, for most facilities the provider mix is far more complex including social workers (both at the MSW/CSW and doctorate level) as well as clinical psychologists (both PhD or PsyD) and they are as integral to care delivery as the MDs and NPs.

SXSW Interactive Panel Picker: Voting Begins Today

Elon Musk interviewed by Chris Anderson in 2013 (Photo by Sean Mathis, Getty Images)

The voting period will last from August 19 through September 6. I have teamed up with a great group of individuals to propose: Minorities in Health Tech: A How-to Workshop. It is designed as an insider’s guide to the unique aspects of the health innovation sector. Ivor Horn, MD MPH, Kimberly Bryant, and Damon Davis, MBA will … Continue reading

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