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Posted by Joanna Conti on Jun 29, 2018 in Outcomes Research

As we analyzed treatment completion data for Vista’s first Outcomes Summit last week, we were surprised by the wide range of treatment completion rates among our clients.  Among short-term residential treatment programs, for example, the percentage of patients who successfully completed treatment ranged between 43% and 97%.

Posted by Joanna Conti on May 29, 2018 in Improving Addiction Treatment

By monitoring the severity of underlying co-occurring disorders, progress monitoring has proven to help patients in addiction treatment get better faster.  But deeply-uncomfortable patients in the throes of acute withdrawal may find it difficult to answer detailed questions.

Posted by Joanna Conti on May 25, 2018 in Improving Addiction Treatment

John Oliver aired a devastating expose of the addiction treatment industry Sunday night on his show Last Week Tonight.  How should the industry respond? 

Posted by Joanna Conti on Mar 19, 2018 in Working with Payers

As the number of overdose deaths continue to climb, one would think that every addiction treatment center in the United States would be busting at the seams. Instead, many centers are fighting for survival, and far too many are losing the battle.

Posted by Joanna Conti on Feb 13, 2018 in Outcomes Research

Now that many state licensing organizations have joined the Joint Commission in requiring treatment programs to use patient-reported feedback to inform clinical care, centers are exploring a variety of different options.  Should you consider building your own?

Posted by Joanna Conti on Jan 18, 2018 in Outcomes Research

Because behavioral health care is so far behind other areas of health care in using data to measure treatment effectiveness, excellent treatment programs have no way to differentiate themselves from those with mediocre outcomes.  It is time for this to change.

Posted by Joanna Conti on Dec 14, 2017 in Improving Addiction Treatment

The behavioral health care industry has been far behind other areas of health care in using patient-reported data to improve treatment results.  But 2018 is the year this is going to change!

Posted by Joanna Conti on Dec 07, 2017 in Progress Monitoring

It is important to consider how you will prove to the Joint Commission that you are using patient monitoring to inform clinical care.