Navigation Links
APS Healthcare Issues First Award to South Carolina Providers Using Data to Increase Effectiveness of Mental Health Treatment
Date:1/14/2010

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- APS Healthcare, a leading provider of specialty healthcare solutions, today announced the first two winners of its Outcomes Informed Care (OIC) Award, Pepper Sarnoff, M.S., M.A., of Charleston, S.C., and Mona Saylor, MSW, LISW, of Columbia, S.C.  The award honors the two practitioners who made the most significant contribution to the APS OIC initiative, designed to increase the effectiveness of mental health treatment plans through use of APS-designed outcome measurement tools.  

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081105/NY44126LOGO )

"I found the OIC survey to be very beneficial when reassessing my clients," said Award winner Mona Saylor, a group practitioner at Harbison Psychological Services LLC.  "It was particularly helpful in uncovering information that normally may have been forgotten if I haven't seen a patient for a period of time."

APS Healthcare has contracted with the South Carolina Employee Insurance Program to manage the mental health and substance abuse benefits for employees, retirees, and dependents covered by the South Carolina State Health Plan since 2002.  The Outcomes Informed Care program, launched this year as a voluntary initiative with South Carolina practitioners, brought a new level of measurement and patient feedback to the care provided to State beneficiaries.  

"I decided to try the Outcomes Informed Care initiative to see if it could be useful in my practice," said Award winner Pepper Sarnoff, M.S., M.A., a licensed professional counselor and marriage and family therapist.  "The survey tool was a good reminder about the need for ongoing assessment, especially in later stages of the counseling process. I also learned about some 'problems' my clients had not previously disclosed that might have gotten overlooked."

"Decades of research prove that routine patient feedback to clinicians improves outcomes," said Jeb Brown, PhD, Director of the Center of Clinical Informatics.  OIC provides mental health practitioners with objective data on how their patients are progressing according their patients' survey responses.  APS Healthcare's survey instruments, created with the Center of Clinical Informatics, were tested to ensure their statistical validity and clinical efficacy.  

"It is very important to provide some external measurement of the mental health counseling process to ensure that the best possible care is being delivered," said Steve Saunders, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer of APS Healthcare.  "We are very pleased that South Carolina practitioners are finding the instruments valuable, and that they are providing measurable impact on treatment."

About APS Healthcare

APS Healthcare, headquartered in White Plains, NY, is a leading provider of specialty healthcare solutions. APS delivers customized, integrated healthcare solutions that help people engage in behaviors that optimize their health status. By uniting all participants in the healthcare landscape -- individuals, practitioners and payers -- APS improves overall health and reduces total healthcare expenditures.

SOURCE APS Healthcare

RELATED LINKS
http://www.apshealthcare.com

'/>"/>

SOURCE APS Healthcare
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Free Webinar Top 5 Tools to Control Labor Costs for Long-Term Healthcare Professionals 1:00 pm EST January 26, 2010
2. InstaMed Announces the Release of InstaMed Connect for Integrated Real-Time Healthcare and Payment Transactions
3. Capital BlueCross and P4 Healthcare Launch Cancer Pathways Initiative
4. New Payment Posting Service Helps Healthcare Providers Improve Collection Process
5. Global Healthcare & Medical Tourism Conference Korea Announced for April 13-16th, 2010
6. Emdeon to Present at the Jefferies Global Healthcare Services Conference
7. United American Healthcare Corporation Announces Meeting Date and Record Date for Annual Meeting of Shareholders
8. International SOS and MediSend to Partner on Humanitarian Healthcare
9. Ricoh Offers Free Educational Sessions to Healthcare Professionals Nationwide
10. Grubb & Ellis Healthcare REIT II Enters Agreement to Acquire the Center for Neurosurgery and Spine Near St. Cloud, Minn.
11. Scott & White Healthcare researching treatments for rare cancers
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... On June 10-11, 2016, A Forever ... Cereal Festival and World’s Longest Breakfast Table in Battle Creek, MI, where the rehabilitation ... as home to some of the world’s leading providers of cereal and other breakfast ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... , ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... once they have been diagnosed with endometriosis. These women need a treatment plan ... require a comprehensive approach that can help for preservation of fertility and ultimately ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... "With 30 hand-drawn hand gesture ... said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand Cartoon’s package ... Final Cut Pro X . Simply select a ProHand generator and drag it ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... On Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and ... their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. , The Wellness at Work Awards took ... the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. iHire was one of 42 businesses to receive ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... June ... about the dangers associated with chronic pain and the benefits of holistic treatments, ... individuals who are suffering with Sickle Cell Disease. , Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016   Pulmatrix, Inc ., (NASDAQ: ... inhaled drugs, announced today that it was added to ... its comprehensive set of U.S. and global equity ... an important milestone for Pulmatrix," said Chief Executive Officer ... of our progress in developing drugs for crucial unmet ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition ... 2022" report to their offering. ... with kidney failure, it replaces the function of kidneys by ... and thus the treatment helps to keep the patient body,s ... Increasing number of ESRD patients & substantial healthcare ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced that ... PCT (procalcitonin) assay as a dedicated testing solution for ... clearance, Roche is the first IVD company in the ... risk assessment and management. PCT is a ... in blood can aid clinicians in assessing the risk ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: