Our Behavioral Health Blog: Insights & Expertise

The Horizon Health blog features insights and expertise from a variety of behavioral and mental health professionals from within our organization and beyond. Rich with information, we hope this mental healthcare blog becomes one of your go-to resources.

Superstitious: To Be, or Not To Be

Mar 17, 2020

Credit: Michael Meier   Find a penny pick it up, the rest the day you’ll have good luck. What are some of my crazy superstitions?  Wearing my shamrock pants for a Notre Dame football game; taking a nap and having ...

Winter Blues: Is There Really Such a Thing?

Feb 29, 2020

Depression severity does not seem to be impacted by seasonality and instead varies by demographics.  Outcomes data clearly show facilities can help patients resolve to take care of themselves whether snow, rain, sleet or shine!   ...

Wisdom and Connection: Meaningful Deterrents to Loneliness

Feb 15, 2020

Let’s be wise and let’s connect!  It will make all the difference in our physical and mental health and undoubtedly enrich our lives and the lives of those with which we are connected, helping us all to keep loneliness to ...

Social Determinants of Health

Jan 31, 2020

It is generally accepted that a hospital’s case mix influences their outcomes, so what’s influencing case mix? In this month’s Analytics in Action, MHO investigates the impact of social determinants in a hospital’s surrounding community on the hospital’s ...

Get Your Curiosity On!

Jan 15, 2020

What might happen if we unleashed a curious mindset on healthcare quality? Curiosity is that strong desire to know or learn something. A significant number of caregivers are not asking deeper questions. We are not seeking to generate genuine ...

Insights for a topped out Quality Measure-Admission of Behavioral Health Patients

Dec 31, 2019

Inpatient screening practices within the first 3 days of admission for 5 components are reported by facilities participating in TJC’s Hospital Based Inpatient Psychiatric Services (HBIPS). Because many facilities do well on this quality measure (HBIPS-1), it is ...

Who’s Ready for the Survey?

Dec 15, 2019

Yumi Mini/Thinkstock It seems every week I am hearing that a unit is in survey and the surveyors are taking no prisoners.  My answer to a successful survey is, and always will be, PREPARATION. Being prepared for survey is not ...

Step-down Outpatient Care Outcomes Following an Inpatient Stay

Nov 30, 2019

Multi-Tasking Myth or Reality?

Nov 15, 2019

Photo credit: https://www.brainscape.com/ I recently presented a Program Director candidate to a hospital for review and consideration to fill an open position. The resume was well received and the hospital thought the candidate might be a good fit for their ...

Residential Youth Self-Reported Behavioral Problems

Oct 31, 2019

Regardless of level of care, youth can experience difficulties across behavioral domains. In this month’s Analytics in Action, MHO explores differences and similarities in the behavioral problems reported by residential youth patients by age and sex.

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