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The CARF Connection blog, previously distributed in the form of a newsletter, provides timely tips, resources, and updates about CARF accreditation, business practices, and related matters. Learn about current trends in the fields that CARF accredits, improving services, and the latest CARF news.

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1/3/2019

World investing in and collaborating on healthcare quality

By CARF International

As providers, regulators, and payers in health and human services around the world seek value and efficiency, many are adopting new standards, integrating new methods, reviewing existing regulations, and exploring innovative practices from other countries.

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12/20/2018

2018: CARF’s Year in Review

By CARF International

As 2018 comes to a close, we thank the many stakeholders who spent another year advancing the goals and values close to CARF’s mission. In a brief look back, here are some of the most consequential stories from 2018.

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12/4/2018

The story of one provider’s path to value-based care

By CARF International

Services for the UnderServed used accreditation standards as part of a wholesale commitment to performance management. Now the organization is well positioned to market itself within value-based and other outcomes-based payment models.

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11/29/2018

All about outcomes: Performance-based reimbursement is changing health and human services

By CARF International

Many payers are exploring value- and performance-based payment models in which providers are reimbursed for positive outcomes. Most analysts believe such payment systems, which offer lower costs for payers, are the wave of the future.

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11/14/2018

Untapped market? The pros of hiring people with disabilities

By CARF International

Data show that employers are hesitant to hire people who have disabilities. That’s unfortunate, since having a disability doesn’t necessarily preclude a person from performing well in the workplace. And employers’ failure to recognize that can lead to missed opportunities on both sides.

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10/23/2018

Opioid treatment services now covered by Medicare

By CARF International

Although private and state insurance sometimes cover opioid addiction treatment, Medicare historically has not. However, on October 3, Congress passed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, which expanded Medicare coverage to include opioid treatment programs.

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10/16/2018

Not just a headache: What to know about youth concussions

By CARF International

In the past, a concussion sustained while playing sports may have been dismissed as just a bad headache. These days we understand a bump, blow, or jolt to the head (or even the body) can affect brain function and impeding an athlete’s ability to participate in sports for some time afterward. In worst-case scenarios, coma or death can result.

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10/4/2018

Options to opioids: Medical technology offers other pain control choices

By CARF International

Partly in response to the opioid crisis, medtechs across the nation have ramped up development of devices that aim to manage pain without exposing patients to the risk of drug addiction.

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9/25/2018

3 reflections from the 2018 Zero Suicide International summit

By Michael Johnson, managing director of behavioral health, CARF International

I attended the Zero Suicide International Summit this year to exchange ideas with global thought leaders on how to eliminate the public health crisis of suicide. I came away with many thoughts, but here are some of the highlights.

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9/19/2018

Eradicating suicide: Tips for better public service messaging

By CARF International

As suicide rates edge up, many human service organizations are challenged to publicly talk about the issue in responsible and effective ways.

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