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Acceptance vs. Resolution

Jamie Goffin, LCSW

As the New Year 2019 approached, many of us are considered what kind of changes we can make for the New Year. Creating a goal or a plan can actually be uplifting and effective. For many of us, the New Year brings feelings of hope. But most of us know that change can wear off, be hard and even unrealistic. As Brene Brown talks about a predictable pattern around resolutions; you can see that resolutions begin to unravel quickly:

  • January 1- This resolution is going to be awesome!
  • January 5- I’m awesome.
  • January 10- This sucks.
  • January 20- I suck

To avoid feeling like the last one “I suck”, I decided this year was going to be the year of Acceptance. While all those around me were talking about changing, I decided to embrace “it is what it is.” I thought about those things in my life that I could let go, that no longer serve me and how I could reflect on those things from a whole new perspective.

So, how will I do this? The answer is practicing the idea of “radical acceptance.” Tara Brach in her book Radical Acceptance writes all about this and practices in a way I can never do. She’s been meditating with Buddhist monks for years, I’ll keep practicing in those small moments… as Tara writes, “accept it and sit with it… and watch it pass.”

“The curious paradox is when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” – Carl Rogers

Here’s to 2019!

date:  Jan 08, 2016
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Support Spot – December 2015

Recent Updates to BestNotes and Documentation

  • ICD-10 Tx Plan Library (Goals, Objectives and Interventions): Both DSM-5 and ICD-10 libraries can now be edited in the settings area. To learn more, Click HERE.
  • Billing Client Payers Report: displays all active clients with an active insurance setup in their Episode tab. It can be filtered by insurance companies listed in Settings -> Payers.
  • Halfpenny setup changes: Click HERE.

To view our BestNotes recent updates, Click HERE.

 

Recent Common Tickets

A user is not able to add an official Diagnosis for billing.

Q: Which permission do they need?

Answer: There are three permissions that a user can have for Treatment Plans, Click HERE.

  • Create Tx: To see Tx plans and for adding problems only.
  • Create Tx + Diagnose: For billing with ICD-10 codes and “As evidenced by” textboxes. Goals, Objectives and Interventions can be added.
  • Create Tx + Diagnose + DSM-5: For billing and to Diagnose with DSM-5 categories with Diagnostic Criteria and BestNotes Goals, Objectives and Interventions library.

To view the BestNotes Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), Click HERE.

 

Tips & Tricks

How can I simplify data entry?

  • Have your clients fill out more information on their application(s)
  • Work with BestNotes Implementation to map answers to populate other parts of your documentation
  • Use Template features (Click HERE)
    • AutoNotes
    • Special Fields

 

 

Welcome to BestNotes

Academy at Sisters
Addictions Behavioral Health Center of America, Inc.
Alternative Counseling Inc
Beverly Hills Psychiatry
Bx Atlanta Recovery Centers
Centel Healthcare Inc
Center for Healthy Sex
Commonwealth ICT Services, LLC
Creekview Counseling
England Counseling Services
Fresh Start of California
Human Supports of Idaho – Vocational Rehab
Kindlin Clinical Consulting
Maui Recovery
New Beginning Fellowship Center
New Daylight Counseling
Oceanside Transitional Living in Malibu
One to One Treatment
Pacific Bay Recovery
Princeton Aftercare
Puyallup Tribe Children & Adult Activities Dept.
Rainbow’s End Recovery Center
Rathdrum Counseling Center, LLC
Satya Family Coaching
Serenity Springs Recovery Center
Solutions By The Sea
St. Joseph’s Children’s Home
Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch
The Camden Center Older Adults Program, Inc.
The Lakehouse Recovery Center
Tribe Integrative Recovery
Urban Edge-Denver LLC
Youth Emergency Services, Inc

 

Social Network Updates

  • February 10-16:  NATSAP – Annual Conference (2016) – La Jolla, CA (For more information, Click HERE)

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date:  Dec 15, 2015
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Winter…. Time Changes….

Jamie Goffin, LCSW

I love the switch into fall, because it means football games, pumpkin-spiced goodies and who can resist the color changes. For some, these are exciting changes to look forward… for others it is usually associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or seasonal depression. The symptoms are very similar to depression, however it usually starts in the fall, worsens during winter and ends in the spring.

While there is no exact theory of the cause of SAD it does cause disruptions in people’s lives. One theory is that the body’s biological clock, which regulates sleep and mood, shifts due to lack of sunlight exposure. Another theory is that reduced sunlight can drop serotonin levels. Experts also believe sunlight reduction made disrupt the body’s ability to produce enough melatonin.

It’s important as health care providers that we keep an eye on our patient’s progress during this season so we can notice if patients are struggling more during the winter. I like to include an information sheet of SAD Symptoms in my waiting area and have a conversation about the symptoms as a preventive conversation. According to the National Institute of Health, these are the symptoms that we discuss:

  • Anxiety
  • Sadness
  • Tired/low energy
  • Cravings for carbohydrates
  • Weight gain
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Withdrawing socially
  • Loss of interest
  • Sleeping more than usual

Your probably thinking, this is depression! Yes, but keep in mind that development of symptoms aligns with fall and intensifies during the winter months. Clients who are vulnerable or working to maintain new changes can be greatly impacted if they are affected by SAD and if not recognized early on can contribute to regression or relapses to old behaviors.

There are many great ways that someone who suffers with SAD can manage their symptoms. Here are some tips:

  • Go Outside
  • Exercise
  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule
  • Connect with Others
  • Increase Vitamin D intake
  • Eat Clean
  • Try Light Therapy
  • Try Doing Something Different in your Routine
date:  Nov 23, 2015
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Support Spot – November 2015

Recent Updates to BestNotes and Documentation

BestNotes would like to thank you for your patience during the latest development. We are working hard to improve BestNotes and are standing by to help in any way we can.

C – Black Hole: This report will show all active contacts that have had a previously checked out appointment and do not have a future appointment scheduled.

 

To view our BestNotes recent updates, Click HERE.

 

Recent Common Tickets

We would like to change the BestNotes default labels and documentation to fit our company’s needs.

  • Q: How do I customize …?
  • Answer: Your company’s Implementer is happy to help you customize BestNotes to fit your needs. For a list of what can be changed, Click HERE.

 

To view the BestNotes Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), Click HERE.

 

Tips & Tricks

I need to upload GED practice test scores and narrative reports on progress?

  • Any uploaded items, including GED practice test scores and other narrative reports, are loaded to the Files tab on the student’s page (A folder for Academics can be created to separate the files from other types of uploads).
  • Otherwise, comments can be added to the Progress Report and Report Cards from the student’s page -> Academics button.

For more information, Click HERE.

 

Welcome to BestNotes

Addiction Center for Healing
Advanced Family Chiropractic (Robert Berry)
Blue Vase Recovery Center, LLC
CW Psychological Corporation
Donna Graybill LCSW
Faith Recovery
Firstpoint Behavioral and Addiction Counseling, Inc.
Greene Counseling
Helping Hands Recovery Center
iMedVentures, LLC
Infinity Malibu
Institute for Restoration & Rene
Keshet
Legacy Family Center, Ltd
Life Psychiatric Associates
Life Uncommon
Lighthouse – SD
Malibu Beach Sober Living
Orange County Recovery
Pathway To Recovery Counseling and Educational Services
Philadelphia Counseling Center
REACH Wellness & Recovery Inc
Recovery Corp/Serenity Recovery
Renaissance Ranch Ogden
Sandstone Care, LLC
Scottsdale Recovery Center
Smart Medical
The Journey Home, Inc.
Valley Detox Center
Valley Recovery Center
Wolke Chiropractic & Rehabilitation

 

Social Network Updates

  • February 10-16:  NATSAP – Annual Conference (2016) – La Jolla, CA (For more information, Click HERE)

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date:  Nov 09, 2015
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Support Spot – October 2015

Recent Updates to BestNotes and Documentation

  • Advanced Contact Search on Search bar and in Contacts list (Dashboard button – lower left)
  • Tasks Dropdown allows you to jump / open a contact’s profile page by right-clicking on a task with a contact’s name.
  • Ledger Settings – SNOMED Field.

To view our BestNotes recent updates, Click HERE.

 

Recent Common Tickets

One of my users is reporting the Med/Clinical window -> Master Treatment Tx is not allowing them to change information.

  • Q: How did it get locked?
  • Answer: If the user copied and pasted any information into the Tx without using the Notepad, BestNotes is detecting other code that got copied and is locking from further edits

Q: What steps can I take to unlock it?

Answer:

  1. Find clues to know where the issue is and delete similar boxes (e.g. different font than Aerial).
  2. NOTE: This information will need to be entered using the BestNotes Notepad (for more information, Click HERE).
  3. If you are not able to fix it yourself, please create a ticket on help.bestnotes.com with the following: the client’s (patient’s) CID, the tab or document that is locked, and the last Field ID that can be edited.
  • Hover over the field, radio button, or text box to display the Field ID.

 

To view the BestNotes Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), Click HERE.

 

Tips & Tricks

Link contacts to the Portal:

  1. Each contact that will be using the portal needs to have an account on the Portal (for more information, Click HERE).
    • NOTE:  Each Related Contact will need the Web Portal Relationship (permission) checked, as well.
  2. Navigate to each of these portal contact’s details windows and click “Link” (blue, lower-right).
  3. Any item in the contact’s Activity Log with the Globe icon and these contacts selected will have those items visible on the portal.
    • NOTE: If a Client (Patient) does not have Related Contacts, then All Authorized will link to the Client.

To add another application or edit a previous application use Unlink:

  1. Navigate to each of these portal contact’s details window and click “Unlink” (blue, lower-right).
  2. When the application process is submitted again, Archive and Lock the application(s).
  3. Navigate to each of these portal contact’s details window and click “Link” (blue, lower-right).

For more information, Click HERE.

 

Welcome to BestNotes

Allegiance Addiction Recovery Center, Inc.
Amanda Cue
Apple Valley Counseling Services
California New Life Detox and Recovery Homes, Inc.
Carrie L Gottschalk PC
Clearview Horizon
Clinical Addiction Recovery Institute
Dezerae Nash-Spacek, LPC
Excelsior Youth Center
Frameworks CTR
Free by the Sea
Gloriosa Management LLC
Hanbleceya Treatment Center
Hawley Winter Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Inc.
Intercept Associates
Kelly Bawden
Ken Seeley Communities
LIFE Walk Solutions
Matrix Institute on Addictions
PACE Recovery Center
Red Oak Centers
Revive Detox
Seacrest Recovery Center
SMP Recovery
The Brookhaven Center for Counseling and Wellness
The Road, Inc.
Tyler Horn, LCSW

 

Social Network Updates

Upcoming Conferences with a BestNotes Booth:

  • November 4-7:  IECA – Scottsdale, AZ (For more information, Click HERE)

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date:  Sep 30, 2015
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