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Social Determinants of Health for Complex Populations: Five Takeaways from the Inaugural Payer and Provider Summit

Nothing is more professionally fulfilling than spending time surrounded by liked-minded healthcare professionals, sharing an aspiration for helping people live healthier lives. That’s what I did last week at the inaugural World Congress…

Reaching for the Sky: What it’s like working for one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S.

Six years…eight positions…and so many roles I’ve lost count. We’ve gone from four people sitting at a table to a small office adjacent to a loud tenant to larger, more accommodating office space that seems to get smaller each…

Compassionate Healthcare Legislation vs. Dispassionate Economic Legislation: Who Wins?

“We are beginning to see the competitive nature of compassionate healthcare legislation and dispassionate economic legislation coming to a head”, commented TAVHealth CEO, Jamo Rubin, M.D. in a recent presentation. Identifying…

Improving Lives with Effective Product Design

There are many factors that influence patient recovery. Once an individual returns home from the hospital their risk for a healthy recovery increases. Healthcare providers can’t be there 24/7 to monitor and make sure meds…

The New Generation of Healthcare Includes Solving for Social Determinants of Health

How well you recover from a cardiac bypass or a hip replacement surgery depends a lot on your zip code. In fact, successful recovery from most every procedure, treatment, and medical service depends on a lot more than…

The Greatest Politician of our Time

Before becoming the country’s leader, he had never held a political position. His views about how a society should function were clear and controversial. With a vision to tear everything down and build it back up, he surrounded…

Value-based Care: The genie is out of the bottle

This week, I listened to TAVHealth CEO, Jamo Rubin, M.D., present to physicians, healthcare industry professionals, and entrepreneurs attending the Texas Life Science Summit sponsored by BIOHouston. As he began his…

Don't Be The Next Walmart

They never saw it coming. Customers were streaming through the stores, sales continued to grow, and Americans in RVs were camping out in their enormous parking lots. The view from Bentonville, Arkansas was satisfyingly good…

Almost 9 out of 10 American Adults Lack Skills Needed to Manage Health and Prevent Disease

SAN ANTONIOOct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — TAVHealth, an organization that connects healthcare providers, payers, community, and philanthropic organizations to help solve the Social Determinants of Health with its…

TAVHealth: Low Health Literacy is a National Health Concern

Six years…eight positions…and so many roles I’ve lost count. We’ve gone from four people sitting at a table to a small office adjacent to a loud tenant to larger, more accommodating office space that seems to get smaller each week…

The New Generation of Healthcare is All About Value

SAN ANTONIO May 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — TAVHealth, an organization that offers community collaboration platforms that solve for Social Determinants of Health, announced today it has released a white paper…

Individuals with Chronic Pain More Receptive to Post-Treatment Recovery from Addiction

Focusing on Social Determinants of Health Improves Care

Published in Accountable Care News
Volume 8, Issue 10

September 2017

Nearly nine out of 10 adults in the United States may lack the skills needed to manage their health. Another 14%, or 30 million people, have less than basic health literacy skills.1 When individuals leave a hospital following surgery, illness or a procedure, they often are accompanied by a stack of follow-up instructions, prescriptions to fill and appointments to schedule. The odds that instructions will be properly understood and followed are low…

Bundled payment success: Managing the patient care journey

Published in Becker’s Hospital Review
May 26, 2017

The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

For healthcare professionals, this Robert Burns’ line, has never been more fitting. Many professionals are feeling uncertain as to where healthcare is headed. There are more questions than answers and a lot of plans have gone awry. The current CMS delay in…

Improving Patient Outcomes: The Value of an Integrated Approach

Published in American Journal of Managed Care
May 13, 2017

Only 20% of a person’s health can be attributed to healthcare. What happens outside the hospital and clinic doors is far more important in determining how healthy a person or population will be…

Executive Conversation: TAVHealth’s Cindy Buckels on Success in the Age of Value-Based Care

Published in Oliver Wyman Health
April 20, 2017

The concept of value-based care is no longer new; but the current repeal-and-replace debate, combined with the implementation of a major new payment methodology (MACRA) has propelled cost and quality issues to center stage. US healthcare delivery is in a transition…

Addiction and Relapse: Can There Be One Without the Other?

Published in The Doctor Weighs In
November 25, 2016

Addiction is a chronic disease of the brain. There is no known cure for addiction, however, individuals who suffer from the disease can manage their illness and learn to live and be successful without using alcohol or other drugs—this is known as recovery…

Fact or Fiction? Addiction is a Chronic Disease

Published in The Huffington Post
November 16, 2016

Imagine for a minute that every person in Texas was struggling with addiction. Imagine almost 27.5 million men, women and children suffering from a dependence on drugs or alcohol. If that’s a staggering thought, here’s another one: 26.7 million Americans over the age of 12…

What Every American Needs to Know About Addiction and Recovery

Published in Psych Central
November 15th, 2016

Approximately 40 million people in the United States – including 17 million children – have some form of mental illness. And, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 50% of U.S. adults will develop at least one mental illness during…

10 Essential Questions Every Behavioral Healthcare Provider Must Be Able to Answer

Repurposed article from white paper
November 3rd, 2016

It is understood that healthcare reform is a catalyst driving the current paradigm shift in behavioral healthcare from a fee-for-service to a pay-for-performance model, (also known as Value based Reimbursement or VBR). As the move toward value-based care and…

MAP in The New York Times

Published in The New York Times
October 28th, 2016

“The Men Missing From the Job Market” (editorial, Oct. 17) effectively highlighted a new study reporting that nearly half of men 25 to 54 who are neither employed nor looking for work use painkillers, and are at increased risk of addiction…

5 Myths of Addiction and Recovery

Published in The Recovery Revolution
September 30th, 2016

The word “myth” has come to mean a fictitious tale, superstition or fantasy.

Myths develop over time as stories passed down from generation to generation in an effort to explain the unexplainable. For example, Greek mythology is the collection of stories and teachings explaining the origins of the universe and creation…

Newly released data points to positive outcomes for the opioid epidemic and those suffering from chronic pain

Published in Becker’s Hospital Review
September 26th, 2016

It is widely held among healthcare providers and addiction treatment specialists that individuals who report having chronic pain endure a more challenging path to achieving long-term recovery, and experience higher rates of relapse and recidivism…

How Technology and Data are Disrupting Addiction Treatment

Published in PsychCentral
September 12th, 2016

Sometimes the math doesn’t work. That’s why we have systems of checks and balances and why putting things on paper or spreadsheets helps us to understand efficiencies and best practices…

Treating the Person and Not the Illness: Why Behavioral Health Needs Interoperability

Published in PsychCentral
August 16th, 2016

According to SAMHSA [1], approximately 7.9 million adults in the United States had co-occurring disorders in 2014. In fact, individuals who have mental health disorders are more likely than individuals without mental health disorders to experience Substance Use Disorder…

How to Survive Addiction in the Dog Days of Summer

Published in The Doctor Weighs In
July 15th, 2016

Summertime living is easy, right? Splashing in the pool, hanging out at the beach, tubing down the river, attending barbeques, cookouts, and family reunions—what more could you want? For someone trying to maintain their recovery from addiction, those proverbial dog days…

What big data and behavioral health IT can teach us about the opioid epidemic

Published in Becker’s Hospital Review
July 15th, 2016

Today’s news is rife with reports of the death and destruction that our nation’s opioid epidemic has left in its wake. Drug addiction has long made headlines as our nation has watched notable stars such as Prince, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Whitney Houston fall prey to a lifestyle…

Why interoperability is essential for population health success

Published in HealthData Management
June 30th, 2016

Delivering high-quality healthcare and improving overall outcomes, while simultaneously containing the rising costs of doing so, is a major challenge of the U.S. healthcare system.

Electronic medical records (EMR), health information exchanges (HIE) and patient portals…

Opioid Addiction: We Started It. We Need to Stop It

Published in PsychCentral
June 27th, 2016

In the United States, our physicians lead the world in prescribing opioid pain medication. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. physicians write 82.5 opioid prescriptions for every persons in the country…

Four Powerful Ways Dads Help their Kids Find Recovery

Published in The Doctor Weighs In
June 18th, 2016

When a child battles addiction, he rarely does it alone. For better or worse, the disease impacts the entire family. The good news is that millions of young people are finding recovery, and many credit their parents with helping them achieve sobriety. In honor of Father’s Day…

Why is College Drinking Such a Big Problem?

Published in The Doctor Weighs In
April 26th, 2016

Sobering Stats about College Alcoholism.

College enrollment has declined in the U.S., in fact just 66% of high school graduates enrolled in a college or university in 2014 – a percentage that is the lowest in decades. However, for every eight out of ten students who arrive on campus with their laptops and backpacks, their pj’s…

Addiction Treatment: The Past, The Present, and The Future

Published in The Doctor Weighs In
February 29, 2016

In 1935, two men, one a New York stockbroker, the other an Ohio surgeon, and both alcoholics, met and discussed their battles with addiction. From that meeting a spark was ignited and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) began. That same year aversive conditioning sanatoriums…

As new models of integrated care continue to surface, protecting patients medical records is crucial

Published in Becker’s Hospital Review
February 19th 2016

Confidentiality is one of the core duties and ethical matters in healthcare and critical to understanding 42 CFR Part 2. Maintaining proper patient confidentiality requires that healthcare providers keep a patient’s personal health information private unless…

It's About Time: Why Telemedicine is on the Verge of Changing Addiction Treatment Forever

Published in Sober World Magazine
January 12, 2016

When it comes to blazing the healthcare trail with state-of-the art, cutting edge treatment and innovative modalities, the field of addiction treatment has lagged behind. Other healthcare specialties such as oncology have made tremendous advances in their respective fields…

Changes in Healthcare: Your Guide to Navigating the Complex World of Health Insurance Plans

Published in Sober World Magazine
January 12, 2016

Successfully getting from Point A to Point B has always required the ability to understand potential challenges and obstacles. Having a good foundation of knowledge in order to make an important decision is important which is…

Solving the Social Determinants of Health by Improving Health Literacy

July 2017

Only 12% of American adults have proficient health literacy, according to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy. This means that almost nine out of 10 adults in the U.S. may lack the skills needed to manage their health and prevent disease. Another 14% of Americans…

The New Generation of Healthcare – 5 Key Questions

March 2017

Healthcare budgets are tight. Providers and payers must figure out a way to deliver higher quality care with less money. Our new generation of healthcare demands the demonstration of value and improved patient outcomes while lowering costs. It’s not enough to contain…

5 Key Factors to Behavioral Health Population Management

2016

As our industry evolves, behavioral healthcare providers must keep pace with the changes to stay competitive and deliver quality care.

In order to successfully transition to pay-for-performance models in the new healthcare…

Post-Treatment Recovery Support, The future of long-term recovery from addiction

2016

The paper showcases the rapid evolvement of the Austin based, data-driven company which has taken empirical outcomes data, interpreted the results, and has begun to demonstrate effective means in which treatment providers can extend the care continuum for…

Solving the Social Determinants of Health
by Improving Health Literacy

Chronic Pain & Post-Treatment Recovery Support Data

Facts & Faces Of Opioid Addiction

"Haven Lindsey is an amazing editor and writer. In multiple projects we have worked on together, Haven has been crucial in providing content development, organization, creativity, and editing services. She is an ideal professional but also approaches her work with a wonderful sense of humor and the distinct absence of ego—a rare quality. She has earned my highest recommendation."

–Thomas G. Kimball, LMFT, Ph.D., Director, George C. Miller Family Regents Professor, Texas Tech University