Author: Sean Kirkby

On the Record with Pete Carlson, president of Aurora Behavioral Health Services

Aurora Health Care has made several recent investments in behavioral healthcare and is looking at ways to deliver it more efficiently and effectively. But sustaining the effort will likely require new ways of paying for care, said Pete Carlson, president of Aurora Behavioral Health Services.

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Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division campaign challenges candidates to remember why they became nurses

  ​ Current nurses share their “why” and provide a behind the scenes look at mental health nursing Milwaukee, WI​ (February 13, 2017) — The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division (BHD) today launched an unprecedented recruitment campaign for mental health nurses. In the face of local and national nursing shortages, and more significant shortages in mental health care, BHD’s campaign challenges candidates to apply only if they have what it takes to care for the most underserved populations. “This is a bold and exciting step for the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division,” says BHD’s Administrator Mike Lappen. “As healthcare recognizes the importance of mental illness in a person’s overall health, mental health nursing is becoming increasingly important. There is no better place to get experience in mental health nursing than at BHD.” Nurses at BHD work with some of the most complex cases in Milwaukee County because BHD accepts patients with severity levels that other local healthcare institutions cannot. Additionally, they learn to care for the whole person – managing their physical illnesses like heart disease or diabetes, while treating behavioral illnesses like schizophrenia or addiction. They work closely with clinical teams including social workers, occupational therapists and psychiatrists. These experiences provide exposure to practices nurses will draw from their entire careers. The new recruitment campaign profiles BHD nurses who share their reasons for entering the field of mental...

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MetaStar to provide QPP assistance for small practices in Wisconsin

Seven-state coalition led by Altarum Institute is awarded funding for QPP-SURS Madison, Wis – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded a contract to Altarum Institute and nine partners across seven states to provide education for individual and small group practices participating in the new Quality Payment Program (QPP), established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). MetaStar represents Wisconsin in this seven-state coalition and will serve as the established resource for individual and small group practices (15 or fewer) in Wisconsin. Individual and small group practices, particularly those in underserved and rural areas, serve a critical role in health care delivery. These practices have historically faced challenges adopting certified health information technology (HIT) and demonstrating improved care outcomes facilitated by its use. MetaStar,in partnership with Altarum, will provide technical assistance, authorized and funded under MACRA, bringing direct support to thousands of Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians in small practices, including small practices in rural locations, health professional shortage areas, and medically underserved areas across the country. The direct technical assistance is available immediately, free to all MIPS eligible clinicians, and will deliver support for up to a five-year period. MetaStar will provide customized technical assistance to MIPS eligible clinicians in Wisconsin as a part of the Small, Rural and Underserved Support (SURS) program, which may include, but is not limited...

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