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Addiction Conferences

BHNR exploded on the addiction conferences scene (June of 2014) utilizing their professional audience of 100,000’s with the SOLD OUT Boca Addiction and Networking Symposium attracting 38 exhibitors and 175 attendees.

Our 2nd SOLD OUT Event The Addiction VIP Education and Networking Symposium attracting 55 exhibitors, and 230 attendees. We received national accolades by the FIX for holding a Gala at one of our addiction conferences for “The Addicts Mom” while raising over $250,000 in scholarships for their 20,000 mothers that have children suffering from addiction.

Our addiction conferences series has SOLD OUT 8-of-10 times including our Accreditation and LinkedIn Marketing Workshop focusing on Accreditation, and “Get Linked for Addiction Professionals” training. This one of our addiction conferences attracted 16 exhibitors and 100 attendees.

In 2016, our addiction conferences series with the Addiction and Behavioral Health Executive Thought Leader Panel Event

This is a new addiction conferences format (talk show host/town hall) quarterly event in South Florida focusing on providing business solutions, educating on ethical business pratices, generate revenue and increase ROI.  This event features the “real” business experience from panels of successful Executives and Business Thought Leaders in Addiction and Behavioral Health.

Our addiction conferences cover “HOT” topics and gives attendees a chance to “ask the experts” any questions on generating more revenue, adding products and services, better business practices, patient brokering issues, billing, drug testing, licensure, DCF, Accreditation, treatment, sales, marketing, and any other business aspect of the addiction and behavioral health industry. Each event will also reveal LinkedIn SECRETS, TIPS, and Back-Doors to maximizing LinkedIn by the national industry Leader on LinkedIn (CLICK HERE).

Our 2/23/16 addiction conferences event was a sell-out with 160 nationwide attendees, 90 organizations, and 14 exhibitors. It featured over 70 CEO’s and Directors. This is a must attend event for C-Level executives in the addiction and behavioral health field.

Our 5/24/16 addiction conferences event SOLD OUT with 160 attendees, 85 organizations, and 80 CEO’s and Directors.

Our October 28, 2016 addiction conferences event in Riviera Beach, FL (170 Attendees, 90 Organizations, 90 CEO’s), we raised over $400,000 of addiction treatment scholarships (services not monies) given to the court at this event.

Our 5/10/17 SOLD OUT (210 attendees, 80 CEO’s, and 16 Exhibitors) addiction conferences event featured Asst. Florida State Attorney Al Johnson and 4 other high profile addiction professionals educating on the coming legislation changes that start affecting our industry on 7/1/17.

Our next addiction conferences event will take place in November of 2017 and will be focusing on ethical marketing. If you are interested in be an event sponsor, panelist sponsor, or exhibitor you can check out the packages we offer by reviewing our last event.

We are in the process of bringing these addiction conferences to California, Texas, and the North East. If you would like to Co-Host, sponsor, or exhibit at our South Florida events, or events in other states please contact Charles Davis info@behavioralhealthnetworkresources.com, or at 561-235-6195.

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Drug Rehabs Losing Business Focus

Drug rehabs during 2018 and for approximately the last five (5) years have been experiencing a trend which has been infecting the financial health and welfare of the addiction treatment industry. Dale Redlich, CEO of Pay2Patient and well respected past treatment center owner for over 20 years provides this article with his insight on some issues that owners are facing in our industry with this article.

A Snapshot of the business and Drug Rehabs Marketing Side

Drug rehabs have been experiencing a trend that has manifested itself in recent years with;

  • downsizing
  • bankruptcies
  • selling off of assets
  • staff firings
  • lack of staff replacement
  • lack of staff additions
  • lower staff salaries
  • changes in marketing techniques
  • development  of joint ventures with financially sound publically traded companies
  • mergers and acquisitions

In addition, there is a desperate attempt by many owners and operators of addiction treatment facilities (including the detoxification and lab segment) to develop banking, investment, and other financial relationships which might result in an infusion of new capital into an otherwise unhealthy marketplace. Basically, inexperienced owners and operators where wasting financial resources hand over foot all in an attempt to “out do “ their competitors in order  to try to offer more and more luxury within their drug rehabs as they were attempting to compete for a very limited supply of high paying clients

This trend has and will continue to affect not only full-service outpatient, PHP, inpatient, and residential addiction treatment centers West Palm Beach and across the nation, but also all of the ancillary support businesses including, sober living facilities, halfway houses, and private practice therapists as well as labs.

Drug Rehabs Pain Points

Drug Rehabs and Addiction Treatment Centers warning SignsThe signs have been evident for a substantial time period, but the problem has been and will continue to grow more severe as time continues. The reasons for this trend varies but in general, it can be seen as being attributable to a number of predictable factors such as;

  • a severely growing level of competition for the same patients,
  • changes in the number of payments made for treatment by the insurance industry
  • new and far-reaching legislation which has severely limited the ability of such facilities to engage in traditional marketing
  • a lack of sufficient capital from an operational standpoint
  • rapid and unnecessary expansion
  • an attempt to offer only the most high priced luxury

It may also be seen as a failure of the new wave of financially inexperienced and undercapitalized owners who have been unable to foresee such trends and also have miscalculated the effects of massive changes occurring in the insurance marketplace both for in network and out of network providers.

Insurance Companies Controlling the Drug Rehabs

insurance-companies-not-paying-drug-rehabsOne area which evidences this trend in the insurance industry. It is the growing direction for providers to attempt to change from out of network to full in-network providers. Most facilities these days are desperately becoming only in-network providers even though the amount per day paid by the carriers for in-network benefits has steadily been falling.

No longer do the carriers have to devise methods to try to forced drug rehabs to become in network.  It was only a few short years ago when the carriers were paying exorbitant amounts per day to out of network providers and the thought process of owners at that time was to remain out of network in order to reap the benefits of the absurd amounts of money which the carriers were paying for out of network benefits.  This could not continue forever.

In fact , there were some insurance carriers such as Federal Blue Cross Blue Shield and Empire in Florida which continued to pay large unsustainable amounts  for all of the services insurable but rather than paying the provider the carriers were ( and some continue ) issuing their reimbursement checks directly to the patient or subscriber which resulted in many cases, and still does so result, in  the insurance checks being cashed by the patient and the provider never realizing its fees for services rendered.

Understanding Drug Rehabilitation Centers Money Owed

Behavioral Health Collections for Drug RehabsObviously, this was and continues to damage the providers financially as they are rendering services in good faith but never receiving the checks from the carriers.  The reality is that many providers did not even realize that their check-in reimbursement for services rendered had not even been sent to them by the carrier. Some of the providers were losing exorbitant amounts of money in this fashion and in some cases not even realizing that this was happening.

The result of all of the above circumstances is that the drug rehabs have split into the “have’s” and “have-nots”.  If you attend industry events you will likely realize that not only have the attendance numbers plummeted but the actual exhibitors themselves are often comprised only of the larger most well funded (and often time owned by publically traded companies). Many centers are looking for smaller, focused events that also provide business and drug rehab marketing education to survive the competitive landscape. In addition, they need to implement strategies of how to properly prepare for these addiction conferences.

It is unbelievably expensive for a facility to finance large numbers of their marketing staff to attend these events where they are actually only marketing to other marketing staff from other facilities. This is financial lunacy, without getting educated on proven business and marketing strategies, unless the provider has extremely deep pockets which some of them still do.

The savviest operators now realize that the money which used to be spent on traditional marketing and attendance at events that do not provide proven business and drug rehab marketing practices is much better utilized with drug rehab SEO, social media and other types of online selling of their services. One of the biggest mistakes they make is using boots on the ground as their main marketing strategy. Without a robust, healthy and planned marketing mix, many are at great risk of closing their doors.

Getting Control Over Debt Collection and Revenue Cycle Management

So, where does this leave us? The purpose of this article is not to claim that we have the one and only solution to the financial problems stated above which have grown in recent years

increasing lost revenue with debt collection for drug rehabsHowever, at the same time that are certain methods which at almost no cost can result in the infusion of additional capital into a sagging P/L statement. Debt Collection with revenue cycle management for drug rehabs is one potential partial solution to the financial problems being experienced in the healthcare industry and in particular, the addiction treatment industry.

The collection of a debt is a financial strategy which has been around since the time of the money lenders in biblical times. If a company lends money, or advanced money or fails to receive legitimate funds on component aspects of its business it should be entitled to take appropriate action steps to recover the resulting debt if such debt is attributable to the loan or advancement of funds to the potential debtor. There is nothing immoral about a company taking steps to collect its fair debt, In fact, it is business malpractice not to go after the fair debt which is owed.

What is Drug Rehab Revenue Cycle Management?

Revenue Cycle Management is a fancy way of describing the method of tracking accounts receivable and utilizing such funds at the appropriate time to pay operational internal debt on an ongoing and predictable basis.

Pay 2 Patient, LLC is not a billing company but strictly a debt collection company and also assists its clients in the RCM process so that the client is able to pay operational expenses as such becomes due. The collection of debt provides the company which is owed money to collect at least a portion of what is owed and thereby add to the pot of financial resources available to pay expenses. There are some addiction providers we know that have been owed millions of dollars in uncollected debt and ultimately had to go out of the business of course.

Reclaiming Precious Operating Capital

The problem experienced by the addiction treatment industry now in many cases is that the provider company has not taken sufficient steps to ensure that it has sufficient operating capital each week or each month to pay operational expenses when due.  The money gets spent in a variety of other ways as described above. And often times there are is no margin of error which results in layoffs and other dire consequences.

It defies our understanding of why a health care provider which is owed money would not take every reasonable and legal action to collect money which it is owed. It seems to be lunacy but at the least very bad business practice.

Reclaiming Receivables Doesn’t Cost Much

Substance Abuse Billing #1 Costly Mistake for drug rehabsThe ROI to employ debt collection methods is so low as to beg for utilization.  The process is very simple but at the same time there are Federal and State regulations which must be complied with and of course, the privacy of the patient/debtor needs to be protected. This can all be accomplished by utilization of the proper documentation.

Don’t get me wrong. It is not easy to collect the debt, especially the kind of debt when the carrier has sent the reimbursement check to the patient and the check has been cashed.  Retrieval of those checks, or the cash itself, is very difficult, but none the less doable.

Collections methods vary depending upon the type of debt, the age of the debt, the identity and location of the debtor, Federal and State Law, peculiarities of the court system, and other factors but the fact remains that the collection of debt can be “found’ money and help immensely in providing additional and needed revenue to the provider  to help with the covering of operational expenses.

Drug Rehabs Regaining Business Focus to Survive a New Industry

There is nothing dirty, or unseemly or embarrassing about a company taking every step possible to recover money which it is owed. After, all don ‘t companies which the provider owes money to try to collect such funds? And, if you’re worried about upsetting the debtor then think about the fact that your employees expect to be paid every week and in my own humble opinion those individuals are a lot more significant than the person who owes your facility money.

Whether you are after co-pays, deductibles, self-pay fees still owed,  insurance checks which were sent to the patient, client loans, or other debt your company is entitled to take all lawful means to collect this money.  To do less is to put your company at further financial risk. You can contact Dale Redlich for a free consultation at 954-592-1921 on reclaiming lost revenue.

California Addiction Executive Conference Educating on Business

Addiction Conferences Main CaliforniaBHNR has brought 14 successful addiction conferences to South Florida. These talk show host/town hall-style conferences provided proven business and marketing strategies to operators during the regulation of our industry in Florida. We are proud to bring our Addiction EMP Series conference to Costa Mesa, California on 1/22/19.  Check out the addiction conferences EMP Series event in California.

 

 

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Addiction Professional of the Month

The Addiction Professional Referral Group is the most popular and active behavioral health group on Facebook. This group connects over 19,000 addiction professional nationwide and it averages 1,500-2,000 posts and remarks per month. This month we are honoring a group member for stimulating controversial conversation on medication-assisted treatment. This post produced the most remarks and activity over any other post for the month of October. You can join the Addiction Professional Referral Group here.

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Connecting Addiction Professionals Nationwide with Resources, Strategies, Ideas, Drug Rehab Marketing, Networking, and Addiction Conferences

Business education and networking Addiction Professional Referral GroupOur goal is to educate addiction professionals on ethical business practices, provide useful resources, assist in connecting for new relationships, educate on evidenced-based treatment, fight against patient brokering, educate on ethical marketing practices (in this group, with our marketing and at our addiction conferences), and use our large voice to encourage industry self-regulation. This group has consumed a large amount of our time to build and maintain. We hope you will mutually support us by getting educated here and attending one of our Addiction Professional EMP conferences. Our next addiction conferences series event is on 1/22/19 in Costa Mesa, California.

Here is some of the work that your mutual support has assisted us in;

  • We have spent 1000’s of hours building this group and 10-15 hours per week maintaining it.
  • We need mutual support from our group members to continue to be a large voice in the community.
  • Raised $400,000 worth of addiction treatment scholarships for the Riveria Beach Civil Drug Court
  • Raised $250,000 worth of addiction treatment scholarships for the Addicts Mom
  • Radio personality educating on the ethical business side of addiction, and fight patient brokering with national radio station Recovery Radio Raw
  • Spent 1,000 hours building the Addiction Professional Referral Group to provide an unprecedented Facebook group that is a trusted source for professionals.
  • Maintained 14 LinkedIn Addiction professional groups, and 45 Facebook Groups with over 210,000 members
  • Educated on proven business operating strategies
  • Educated on proven drug rehab marketing strategies
  • Provided 14 Addiction Conferences for CEO’s, Executives, Directors and Outreach bringing Executive Thought Leader Panelists educating on proven business and marketing strategies to survive the new and difficult landscape.

Addiction Professional Referral Group Member of the Month

The addiction professional of the month is Steve Wize, CEO of Mental Fitness. Steve’s post was not only the most active but also, addresses one of the most controversial topics in our industry.

So crazy idea, but I’d like to hear some other addiction professional opinions: Create a standing order for Suboxone- no prescription necessary. Make it as easy to get as Narcan…. any thoughts?

mental fitness addiction professional of the monthSteve Wize is an author, speaker, and corporate wellness trainer who specializes in helping companies and individuals reach their full potential. After graduating with his Master’s degree from Pitt, Steve went on to become a licensed clinical social worker and has spent the past five years working in private practice. During this time, Steve designed his own unique curriculum in which he has used to create his book, and his business, Mental Fitness, LLC.

In addition, to being the founder and president of Mental Fitness, LLC, Steve also works as a life coach in the Western Pennsylvania Area. Steve has always considered Pittsburgh his home. He is married, has five adopted dogs, and is also the author of “The Amazing Chase” series which promotes dog rescue and adoption efforts.

Steve graduated from Penn State Erie – Behrend College with a degree in Psychology, and from the University of Pittsburgh with a Master’s Degree in Social Work—Mental Health, with a concentration on Direct Practice. He has been working in dual diagnosis and substance abuse counseling since 2010. Steve’s passion to help others struggling with substance abuse or mental health issues is fueled by his own loss growing up of a loved one to a drug overdose.

In addition to offering extensive experience in opioid addiction, Steve has expanded his clientele to include adolescent, family therapy and couples counseling. Along with group and individual drug and alcohol counseling, Steve specializes in smoking cessation therapy, gambling addiction, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, stress and anger management, and overcoming grief and loss.

Steve believes that every person has the potential for improvement in their lives, regardless of their backgrounds or current circumstances. By utilizing a non-judgmental, solution-focused approach, Steve helps clients to master their mental fitness achieve their full potential.

“Smile on your face, song in your heart.”

Resources for Business and Drug Rehab Marketing Strategies

business and marketing education for drug rehab ownersThe addiction professional referral group is a trusted resource for business, drug rehab marketing, and administrative operating strategies. Our industry is experiencing unprecedented changes affecting the administration, business, and marketing operating procedures. Laissez-faire business strategies are no longer effective. Using the old business and marketing strategies puts organizations in our industry at great risk of closing their doors. We are seeing many addiction treatment centers and opiate detox and sober livings closing their doors. The organizations that are closing all have one thing in common. They stayed with business as usual tactics including boots on the ground marketing, call centers, and Adwords as their main strategies. They all suffered from Digital Darwinism.

The Internet is the #1 Source for Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Centers

internet the number source for drug rehab marketingThe web is the absolute #1 resource to reach potential clients in any business. The number of people using the internet is growing astronomically every day. The lightspeed growth has caused severe marketing problems for almost every industry. Understanding how to effectively utilize the web to generate clients or customers is an overwhelming task. Almost all treatment centers and ancillary service providers in the substance abuse industry do not understand web marketing. Our industry has traditionally resorted to short-term solutions to their long-term problem of maintaining a census. They, almost always are looking for an instant return (30 days) on their marketing.

Over 90% of our industry suffers from digital Darwinism. Digital Darwinism is when technology moves faster than industries can adapt. Why does web drug rehab marketing outperform all other marketing combined?

  1. Currently, the average person spends nearly 10 hours a day online. Unbelievably, we now spend more time on the Internet than we do sleeping (8.4 hours).
  2. Today there are approximately 7.4 billion people living on the planet, and ~ 23 billion internet of things (IoT) connected devices, which is an average of 3 devices per person. By 2025 it is estimated that there will be over 75 billion IoT connected devices worldwide.
  3. There will be at least 3.5 billion Google searches performed every day. Google also processes over 40K search queries every second. That translates to 1.2 trillion Google searches per year.
  4. Google.com is the most popular website in the world. Youtube.com is second and Facebook.com is third.
  5. Internet users have an average of 7.6 social media accounts
  6. The average daily time spent on social is 116 minutes a day
  7. There is a new social media user every 15 seconds.
  8. Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp handle 60 billion messages a day
  9. Facebook: 2.072 billion users
  10. Youtube: 1.5 billion users
  11. Wechat: 1.12 billion users
  12. WhatsApp: 900 million users
  13. Instagram: 800 million users
  14. Weibo: 600 million users
  15. LinkedIn: 500 million users
  16. Twitter: 330 million users
  17. Reddit: 234 million users
  18. Pinterest: 200 million users
  19. Snapchat: 178 million daily users
  20. Google+: 111 million users

Understanding Drug Rehab Marketing Like You Understand Addiction Treatment

Business and drug rehab marketing strategies for drug and alcohol addiction treatment centersAlmost every addiction treatment center owner understands addiction treatment and has an extreme passion to help others. However, this is only 1/3 of what is needed to run a successful drug and alcohol addiction treatment center. Owners of treatment centers and sober livings also need to completely understand the business and marketing components. They have to be extremely educated in these two areas. Relying upon a drug rehab marketing agency and drug rehab business consultants is extremely risky if they are not educated in these areas. Having a solid education in these areas is paramount for owners and operators. With this key knowledge, operators will be able to tell if these professionals are performing for their organization.

For example, over 90% of substance abuse provider websites are not structurally correct. Poor website development is the #1 and most costly mistake made in web marketing. If a website is not structurally correct, you are leaking Google juice. Every marketing dollar you are putting into web marketing, without having a structurally correct website, is being wasted by leaking Google juice and the opportunity to get on page one of Google organically. It is extremely easy to tell if a treatment center understands web marketing by looking at their website. A website is the foundation of web marketing. If your website is not structurally correct, you are wasting every marketing dollar you put into web marketing.

The top 3 organic slots and Google maps account for 70% of page one click-throughs. To put into perspective, AdWords or PPC only accounts for 2% of the click-throughs. While AdWords does produce calls, many of these calls are poor with many asking for Medicaid and Medicare. The top 3 organic leads are much more qualified for the services and insurance provided.

Why is a Website the #1 Mistake in Drug Rehab Marketing?

number_mistake_made_in_drug_rehab_marketingThe # mistake in drug rehab marketing is website development. When you build a house, you build it on concrete. Almost all drug rehab websites are built on sand. Almost all websites in our industry are built by website designers, not website developers. This critical and costly error is the fault of the treatment center owner and the marketing agencies they have used. As an owner, if you understood what needs to be done for proper website structure and drug rehab SEO, you would be able to tell if the professionals you hired are doing their job.

The important difference is a designer will build a beautiful, aesthetically appealing website. A website developer opens the golden Google doors for Google to effectively communicate with google’s searcher. Many addiction treatment centers websites are ascetically beautiful. While this is somewhat useful for the target market, it is not very useful in Google ranking your website on page one. The first part of getting on page one of Google is to have a website that communicates to Google that you can answer the terms that are searched.  Here are some of the common mistakes made substance abuse websites;

  • Is the hierarchy of our website good for Google?
  • Do we have schema (Sign Posts for Google) incorporated into our website?
  • Does our website have a sitemap and have we told Google it’s there?
  • Is our website fast enough on mobile for the new speed update released on July 9, 2018?
  • Are we using Yoast to check the bare minimum for our drug rehab SEO?
  • Are the URL’s for our website correct for SEO?
  • Does our website have an SSL certificate?
  • Does our blog have SEO for our keywords? If so, what are those keywords and how many of the blog posts have made it to page one of Google?
  • Do the main pages of our website have SEO for these keywords?
  • Have we done an H-Tag audit on our website
  • Do our pics have ALT tags and are they geocoded?
  • Have we done a hyperlocal page?
  • Do we have a skyscraper article?
  • Are our Google maps properly coded and placed on our website?
  • How are we building quality back-links?
  • How many citations do we have?
  • Do we understand and utilize your Google Analytics?
  • Do we understand and use call tracking metrics?
  • What is our list of keywords based on our organization’s services? And, out of those keywords which ones can, we easily rank for on the first page of Google?
  • Do we understand Google analytics and how to use it to build our marketing campaign?
  • What posts are producing the most calls from our call tracking metrics?
  • When was the last time we posted in our Google My Business?
  • When was the last time we uploaded pictures in our Google My Business?
  • Are our pictures on the website optimized (GEO and Keywords)?
  • Is our blog attracting and engaging for our target audience?
  • Are we building a targeted and captured social media audience (from SEO visits) of professionals and individuals seeking treatment with our drug rehab marketing on Facebook and LinkedIn?
  • Does our cuurent drug rehab marketing agency provide SEO training?

How Does Boots on the Ground Compare to Web Marketing

Poor-drug-rehab-marketing-strategies-boots-on-the-groundThe industry trend has been traditionally relying upon boots on the ground marketing. While this should be a part of your marketing mix, it should only be one piece. Above you see the astronomical numbers of people using the web and the amazing activity that is produced every day. It is impossible for outreach to obtain even 1% of these numbers. The small to medium players consensus is that we cannot compete with the big players because they are spending too much on web marketing. This is a huge misconception in our industry. The small to medium players can outperform the big players in some areas if they have;

  • Proper website structure
  • On page and off page SEO
  • Use of key long tail keywords
  • Knowing where and how to get PR7, PR8 and PR9 backlinks

Understanding the Business Side of Addiction Treatment

business-and-drug-rehab-marketing-educationOur industry is experiencing many paradigm shifts. It is critical that operators of drug rehabilitation centers, opiate detox and sober homes get educated on proven business strategies. The conversations on the business and operation side of our industry are much different than the conversations that outreach professionals have. Only the best-educated CEO’s, Executives and Directors will survive the extreme competition in our 40 billion dollars a year industry. These leaders need to completely understand many different areas;

  • Marketing
  • Billing
  • Insurance Reimbursements
  • Laws and Regulations
  • EMR’s
  • CRM’s
  • Licensing
  • Accreditations and Certifications

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We will continue to be a trusted resource for every addiction professional by educating on ethical business practices, provide useful resources, assist in connecting for new relationships, educate on evidenced-based treatment, fight against patient brokering, educate on ethical substance abuse marketing practices (in this group, with our marketing and at our addiction conferences), and use our large voice to encourage industry self-regulation.

Addiction Conferences California Early Bird EndsExecutive education is key for owners and operators. Behavioral Health Network Resources also provides Addiction Executive conferences educating on these key areas. Our addiction conferences each have 5 proven Executive Thought Leaders presenting at each conference. These one-day conferences focus on the business and marketing side of our industry. We have hosted 14 conferences and the success has been the valuable content and the talk show host, town forum format. These conferences put together the minds of the 125-200 attendees in an open forum. We hope you will attend our next addiction conferences EMP Series on 1/22/19 in Costa Mesa, California.

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Who Are the 100 New Addiction Professional Group Members?

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Let’s welcome the 100 new members below to our outstanding group of addiction professionals by introducing yourselves, and making them comfortable.

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Please help support our time and effort of providing this group by attending or participating at our Addiction Conferences Executive EMP Series next event on 10/23/18. These conferences provide proven business and marketing strategies by proven industry Executive Thought Leaders. These events are in a unique talk show host, town hall forum. We look forward to seeing you there on 10/23/18.

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How to Prepare for Addiction Conferences

Addiction conferences preparation has benefits for addiction treatment centers, detox’s, sober livings and ancillary service providers. As behavioral health industry professionals, we are experiencing moments of change in how we operate. However, when attending mental health conferences there are several key areas to focus on to get much-needed business and marketing tools. There are several goals to bear in mind when attending addiction conferences and networking events. These goals vary depending on the position you have with your behavioral health organization. CEO’s, Executives, Directors and Outreach professionals, by design of their role, have different objectives. However, getting out of your comfort zone can pay great dividends if done strategically.

Addiction Conferences Preperation Generates ROI

Addiction conferences preparation educates on industry changes

How to perform addiction conferences preparation?

The addiction treatment industry is experiencing many different changes in the business and marketing side. It is vital that you walk away with new business strategies, marketing plan ideas, and drug rehab lead generation sources. The behavioral health industry has several critical pain points that CEO’s and Owners are experiencing. New operational and marketing laws as spreading across the nation thanks to the new “Florida Model” paving the road with their new patient brokering and operational laws as of July 1, 2017. Getting educated on ethical business and marketing strategies at addiction conferences is paramount at this critical time to survive. Some centers that continued with laissez-faire strategies, resisted change or did not seek the proper education and tools have not survived the red ocean. It is paramount for behavioral health organizations addiction conferences preparation to get specific and strategic intelligence.

CEO’s and Executives Focus on the Big Picture at Addiction Conferences

Drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers, detox’s and sober homes owners have a difficult job. They need to focus on the business, marketing and clinical side of their organization. Many addiction executives are strong on the clinical aspects and addiction treatment in general. Most have started their addiction treatment center because of their strength in this area and their passion to help others struggling with addiction. However, this is only 1/3 of what it takes to run a successful center.

When attending addiction conferences and speaking with CEO

When CEO’s and addiction Executives attend addiction conferences their conversations are much different than the conversation of let’s say Outreach professionals. According to the Harvard Business Review article, “Sales People Need a Strategy for Selling to CEOs,” CEO’s are focused on business outcomes, how decisions affect the entire organization and maximizing their time. The upper management Executives have a much wider business education. They are looking for business and marketing solutions to their pain points. Accreditation, billing procedures, collections, a decent EMR (electronic medical records system,) admissions processes, effective marketing strategies, legal aspects, new revenue sources, aftercare opportunities and many more. They generally are not there to network but to find proven and ethical solutions. They are relying on particular presenters, drug rehab marketing consultants and finding the business and marketing expert leaders attending these addiction professional conferences. They are particularly interested in drug rehab marketing strategies and billing as these are two key areas that generate revenue for the organization.

Directors are Guided by CEO’s and Executives Vision

Directors are also focused on the same areas as the CEO’s and Executives. The difference being is that they put the CEO’s and Executives vision into play. It is vital that they get better educated by the conference presenters, exhibitors a few select attendees that are specialists in whatever is on their plate at that time. While most Directors in the behavioral health industry have in-depth knowledge in many areas, they need to be experts when leading the company in new areas. They also should be evaluating current procedures and ancillary providers on a regular basis (at the very least every year) to save or generate new revenue. All of these carries great responsibility and consume great amounts of time.

Marketing Dirsctors role while attending addiction conferences

Addiction conferences preparation can provide knowledge and experience from proven thought leaders to assist drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers, detoxes and sober livings Directors in their roles. However, this can be difficult at times because at many mental health conferences there are several presentations going on at the same time. It is impossible for the Directors to be in two places at the same time. Directors need to pick and choose based on their priorities or rely on another employee to attend the other presentation.

Outreach Professionals and Business Development; Obtaining Tools is Critical

Outreach professionals for addiction treatment centers, detox’s, sober homes and service organizations have an extremely stressful position. Unfortunately, the average Outreach position lasts for about 6-12 months. They can no longer just rely on their personal connections. We have seen this on LinkedIn with our 30,000 addiction and behavioral health level one connections. Viewing these LinkedIn profiles while we are growing our tribes it is very concerning. One of the main reasons is this role has traditionally lacked in gaining useful tools to assist them in their daily jobs.

It’s obvious that Outreach professionals are constantly obtaining new clinical knowledge. However, many are not getting the tools on the business and marketing side of behavioral health that are now paramount in their success. They need customer relationship management (CRM’s,) networking tools and strategies, call center training, overall marketing, branding, social media, email marketing, closing techniques and more.

Addiction conferences provide strategies and solutions

Addiction conferences preparation should be providing some of these tools. These tools are essential in their role of generating drug rehab leads. Many owners and operators do not realize that one employee turnover costs about $20,000. Owners and Outreach professionals should aggressively be seeking these tools. Two of the biggest areas are drug rehab marketing and establishing new referral sources. Addiction treatment center marketing is such a vast area that there are always new strategies and techniques to be learned. One of many examples is business development professionals need to intimately understand the power of social media. How they portray themselves and what they put on social media is a direct reflection of their organization’s brand. It also affects establishing new referral sources. Many are ineffectively, or not using at all the #1 business networking site in the world. They are wasting valuable time, or not utilizing their time on LinkedIn.

What is Addiction Conferences Preparation?

utreach professionals must get outside the box at addiction conferencesIn any job, position or role getting out of your comfort zone enables you to grow personally and professionally. This can be difficult because human nature gravitates us towards our comfortable circles. At many substance abuse conferences, you see the same professionals forming in the same groups. Yes, it’s wonderful to chat with our familiar circles, however, it should not dominate your time at these events. Getting outside of the comfort zone, obtaining new tools, business education and forcing yourself to meet everyone in the room is paramount in the state of our industry.

This can be an overwhelming experience and non-productive if you are not prepared. Preparation, maximizing time and follow-up can make the real difference when attending substance abuse conferences. To truly get all the benefits the preparation begins far before the event.

Effective Addiction Networking Starts Weeks Before the Addiction Symposium

With addiction conferences preparation, you should be visiting the conference website. For most addiction conferences, you can get an idea of what organizations will be there. Some event websites only list the sponsors and exhibitors, while others will provide a list of everyone including the attendees.

Examine the list on the event website and write a list putting them into categories like A, B, C, and D. The A’s are the organizations that are new start-ups, organizations that you have been targeting, or ones you must chat with at the event. The B’s are your second tier and so forth. Prepare before you attend the conference. By writing the list and bringing it with you to the event you will not miss any opportunities.

Connecting prior to addiction conferences is importantOne of the best ways addiction conferences preparation is to connect prior to the event.  Most professionals in our industry do not do this. You should at least reach out to your A’s and B’s through LinkedIn prior to the event. Say you want to visit their booth or meet with them at the conference. This soft introduction says you are a professional and you are interested in meeting them. You will also get an idea of who this new potential referral source is and have some background information to reference when you chat at the event.

Make sure your organization’s brochures, business cards, and exhibitor materials are up to date. Many addiction treatment centers, Detox’s, Sober homes and ancillary service providers do a poor job of keeping these items up to date. The products and services often change, and the marketing materials do not reflect those changes. We see this all the time at the addiction Executive conferences that we hold in our industry. It was an issue until we found a promotional products vendor to work with providing these services for our sponsors and exhibitors. They also offer discounts to our participants.

Prepare for Addiction Conferences They Are Valuable

With addiction conferences preparation, drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers, opiate detox’s, inpatient rehabs, intensive outpatient treatment centers, sober livings, and ancillary service providers reap benefits. This article explains how to prepare for addiction conferences before, during and after. Get the most out of attending addiction conferences and networking events. Be strategic, maximize your time and follow-up immediately following the addiction conference.

Addiction Conferences Main CaliforniaBehavioral Health Network resources have been an addiction conferences provider for the last four years. In that time we have put on over 14 conferences attracting 150-200 at each event. They have gained the attention of CEO’s and Executives with over 150-200 attending each conference. This unique talk show host, town hall forum has become extremely popular. These addiction professional conferences cover “HOT” topics and provide attendees a chance to “ask the experts” any questions on better business practices, billing, drug testing, licensing, DCF, Accreditation, treatment, sales, marketing, and any other aspect of the addiction and behavioral health industry. Our next event in our addiction conferences EMP series will be held on 1/22/19 in Costa Mesa, California. This event will California provide proven business and marketing strategies to battle the new legislation that will be passed soon.

Are there other ways to prepare for addiction conferences? We welcome your comments!

Patient Brokering Top 5 Legal Things Nationally

patient-brokering-laws-addiction-executive-conferences-vehavioral-health-network-resourcesPatient Brokering is affecting drug and treatment center owners, detox center owners, sober home operators, and all addiction professionals. This hurricane hit Florida in full force and is becoming a category 5 in California with other states following soon. Florida was irresponsibly labeled by the media with the “Florida shuffle”. Now, California is being labeled the “rehab Riveria”.  California drug rehabilitation centers need to be prepared because this irresponsible journalism will deter many from attending treatment there. Florida has been experiencing this for over a year with many ethical operators closing their doors.

What is Patient Brokering for Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Centers?

Patient brokering is when individuals or companies lure in potential treatment center clients for monetary compensation. This compensation can be from $500-$5,000 per individual. Individuals with good insurance can potentially be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Patient brokering also occurs when drug rehabilitation centers lure in clients with discounts and incentives. The boots on the ground strategy of buying and selling of clients by unethical drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers are happening all across the nation.

The Florida law pertaining to patient brokering for addiction treatment centers and sober homes in under Chapter 817.505. This hurricane is directed towards patient brokers, drug dealers, prescribing doctors, and hospitals (collection of OD data). However, it has drastically affected many addiction treatment centers in South Florida. It requires them to operate quite differently facing severe penalties, felony charges, and jail time. The old “Laissez-faire” operating mentality is gone and being replaced because of abuse, irresponsibility, and the loss of many lives. The patient brokering laws passed in Florida affect the nation. All addiction professionals must be aware of the new Florida patient brokering laws as of July 1, 2017.

BHNR Educates on Ethical Business Practices Fighting Patient Brokering

This is the first time our industry we have regulations designed to get rid of the large underground network of patient brokers. The new laws are ultimately designed to address the heroin epidemic and save lives. If you do not completely understand all the legislation that has come and is coming you will not be operating soon.

 

Addiction conferences on drug rehab marketing patient brokeringAt Behavioral Health Network Resources October 27, 2016 event where we were honored to have the Riviera Beach Civil Drug Court. We raised over $400,000 worth of treatment scholarships (services not monies). At that event, we said there was a hurricane coming to South Florida. We were preparing the addiction professionals for the upcoming changes. We host addiction conferences (14 events total) educating Executives on the ethical business side of addiction. Behavioral Health Network Resources knew it was their responsibility to fight against patient brokering. To use our loud voice in the professional community, and on social media educating on these complex changes.

Patient Brokering Florida Understanding the Landscape

Early in 2017, we were attending the Sober Homes Task Force and the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition (PBCSAC) meetings. We did this to try and understand the legislative process and the changes that are coming from some of the industry’s addiction professionals. We sat quietly, listening, getting educated, and took in all the information that we could to get an understanding to educate the professional community and the Executives attending our events.

Behavioral Health Network Resources getting educated on drug rehab patient brokering for addiction treatment centersWe sat in meetings and tried to get an understanding on these changes. We noticed that there are only about 40-50 organizations participating with these organizations. These organizations have formed the landscape for the legislative changes. Any organization that has not been present or decided not to participate could have helped mold the new regulated addiction treatment industry.

Educating the Behavioral Health Industry for Clarity

In our current journey, there are still areas where we are confused. The legal jargon that the laws and bills are written can be extremely difficult to understand. Trying to completely understand some areas where there are loopholes. We have spoken with many operators and addiction professionals. Many thought the changes would never happen. Almost all are relying on the interpretation of their legal counsel, or even worse an interpretation from their peers. We have also seen on social media the same type of reaction with many complaining, but few get involved.

Patient Brokering Laws in Florida

The current Florida law that was passed on July 1, 2017 (HB 807, SB 788) covers many different areas. Below these are broken down into simplistic terms:

Drug Rehab Marketing: Drug treatment center marketers will need to be licensed by the state’s Division of Consumer Services. Deceiving, lying, or misleading about treatment services offered, amenities and the high jacking of 800 numbers will be a first-degree misdemeanor. We have been educating centers of the 800-number high jacking using our national social media audience, and as a personality on the national Radio Raw Show.

HB 807 (SB 788) — Marketers will now have to be licensed and there are stiff penalties and fines for patient brokering. and centers will be held legally liable for deceptive marketing practices. It makes DCF the “big brother” and enforcer of the industry. You can find more information by reading “Top Five Criteria Sober Living West Palm Beach

Sponsors: Reps. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton; Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart; and Joseph Abruzzo, D-Boca Raton; and Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Atlantis.

HB 249 (SB 588) — Paramedics, emergency techs, and hospitals to collect data on overdoses and report them to the Dept. of Health. It also forces hospitals to adapt overdose protocols.

Sponsors: Reps. Bob Rommel, R-Naples, Larry Lee Jr., D-Fort Pierce; and Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples.

HB 477 —  Directly attacks drug dealers with min. and mandatory jail time including heavy fines for dealing in fentanyl. It also gives prosecutors the option of imposing murder charges.

Sponsors: Reps. Kathleen Peters, R-St. Petersburg; and Charlie Stone, R-Ocala.

HB 557 (SB 840) — Directed towards prescribing physicians controlling the number of opioids prescribed to five days. The Prescriptions that are filled for any controlled substances must be reported in the State prescription drug monitoring database within one day.

Sponsors: Rep. Nicholas Duran, D-Miami, Rep. David Silvers, D-West Palm Beach; and Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Atlantis.

SB 886 (HB 791) — Protects individuals that have been Marchman Acted by making their court records confidential.

Sponsors: Sen. Bobby Powell, D-West Palm Beach; Rep. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Boca Raton.

Patient Brokering Arrests Florida Legal Issues

Criminal Penalties: Statewide you can be investigated and prosecuted for patient brokering. The prosecution could result in a felony and the fines increase with the number of patients brokered. Brokering more than 20 patients will be a first-degree felony and a whopping fine of $500,000.

Patient Brokering and DCF

DCF learning about drug rehab marketing patient brokeringDCF’s Role (Department of Children and Families): It will now cost much more to license a facility and the penalty for operating without a license is a third-degree felony with a maximum 5 years in jail. DCF significantly increased licensing fees. Operating without a license becomes a third-degree felony, carrying a maximum five-year prison sentence. DCF now has new rules including; clinical, treatment best-practices, operating standards, levels of qualifications for addiction professionals and the number of staff that will be required to operate. DCF will is also allowed to visit your center anytime without notice and inspect all of the above.

As a treatment center owner, detox center owner, sober living owner and all addiction professionals you need to completely understand the 5 bills that have passed below;

Patient Brokering Florida Sets the Regulation Pace for the Nation

While Florida has one of the worst reputations for addiction treatment in the US, we must realize that Florida is also one of the most popular destinations for treatment and one of the nation’s largest providers of treatment. The large underground patient brokering network is national and many other states have the same issues as Florida, however, the spotlight has been on South Florida. The work that has been done, and will be done, is setting a precedent to be followed nationally. California passed new patient brokering laws on September 27, 2018. With the heroin epidemic killing more than 150 per day, many other states will be following soon.

We would love to hear your thoughts on the current situation on new laws affecting the heroin epidemic. Leave your comments below.

Addiction Conferences by Behavioral Health Network ResourcesWe are dedicated to educating Addiction Executives on ethical business practices nationwide, with our events attracting a national audience. Our addiction conferences EMP series events have educated Florida Executives with 14 events on ethical business and marketing solutions. We are now bringing this addiction conferences series to Costa Mesa, California on 1/22/19. If your organization is dedicated to ethical business practices and you want to educate your peers, we would like to speak with you about participating in our addiction conference. Our conferences have helped us build up one the largest addiction professional audiences in the nation. These conferences have assisted us in being educated by successful thought leaders in addiction treatment marketing.

Addiction Professional Groups Fighting Against Patient Brokering

Facebook Addiction Professional Referral Group 19,000 Members (500 being vetted for approval). An extremely active group that is an outstanding ethical resource for Addiction Professionals. This group has banned over 4,000 questionable members. CLICK HERE

LinkedIn Addiction Professional Referral Group 19,000 Members

Facebook The Business Side of Addiction and Behavioral Health 2,500 Members

Facebook South Florida Addiction Professional Connection 1,900 Members

Facebook Generation “X” Addiction Unleashed 10,000 Members

Facebook South Florida Addiction Connection 2,000 South Florida Members

Facebook Addiction Treatment Industry Top 100 6,000 Members

Facebook South Florida Connection Addiction and Behavioral Health 10,000 Members

Facebook Addiction and Behavioral Health Events 5,000 Members

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Facebook Addiction and Behavioral Health Options 2,500 Members

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Our industry is changing fast, self-regulation, unity and positive messages are needed. We felt it’s extremely important for all professionals in our industry to gain as much knowledge as possible on these drastic changes and have allowed access to the Facebook Live feed below of a key addiction conference. This event featured the sober homes task force and was key for many South Florida operators. Below you can visit the panelist portion of the event and get educated on some of the issues.

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Addiction Treatment Center Re-routed 800 Numbers, Google Maps Hijacking Stealing Your Clients

Addiction Treatment Center Re-routed 800 Numbers is a huge problem nationwide. Many centers are unaware that their Google maps number has been hijacked. Even the ones that are aware, are finding an hour after they get it corrected, it is high jacked again. Behavioral Health Network Resources goal is to educate treatment center CEO’s on ethical business practices. The topic of addiction treatment center re-routed 800 numbers has come up at several of our addiction conferences.

Addiction Conferences Inform About Addiction Treatment Center Re-routed 800 Numbers

These addiction conferences focus on ethical addiction treatment marketing practices. We noticed that this is a widespread national problem, felt it our responsibility to inform recovery centers across the nation. At the bottom of this post, you can listen to a national radio show broadcast educating on how to prevent this from happening to your center. We discuss valuable information on addiction treatment center re-routed 800 numbers. They are stealing your call center lead generation clients.  There are 100,000’s of calls of many treatment centers are being re-routed. This show reveals a couple of ways to protect your organiztion, including a double log-in process and checking you google maps daily.

Exposing Addiction Treatment Center Re-routed 800 Numbers

Addiction Treatment Center Re-routed 800 Numbers ➣ Addiction Treatment Center 800 number call forwarding, and how they are endangering many vulnerable individuals seeking help and putting their lives in danger

➣ Questions to ask to make sure your getting information on a safe and reputable treatment center

➣ Google maps hijacking and fake websites all designed to mislead families and addicts

➣ The bad side of marketers who use these types of illegal activities so they can fill Beds and fill their Pockets.

➣ How treatment centers and individuals seeking help can prevent patient brokering tactics above

➣ Information on getting involved with a class action law suit for treatment centers that have had their number high-jacked

Addiction Conferences Educating on Re-routing 800 numbers signifying moments of changeOver 200 professionals received valuable information from our Addiction and Behavioral Health Executive Thought Leader Symposium in November of 2017.  These events feature five Executive Thought Leader panelists, and an interactive audience of 150-200, in a talk show host/town hall forum. Our events are for CEO’s. Executives, Directors, MArketing, and Outreach professionals.

Ethical Addiction Treatment Groups on Rehab Marketing

Join Addiction Professional Referral and Networking Group (16,000 ethical members assisting dozens everyday). We have 1,200 waiting to be approved, and we have banned over 6,000 individuals to date.

National Radio Show on Addiction Treatment Center Re-routed 800 Numbers

Enjoy the Addiction Treatment Center Re-routed 800 Numbers, Google Maps Hijacking Stealing Your Clients Show below.

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