What are All Patient Diagnosis Related Groups (APDRG)?
Definition: An enhancement of the original DRGs, designed to apply to a population broader than that of Medicare beneficiaries, who are predominately older individuals. The APDRG set includes groupings for pediatric and maternity cases as well as of services for HIV-related conditions and other special cases.
What is Behavioral Health (Healthcare)?
Definition: An umbrella term that includes mental health, psychiatric, marriage and family counseling, addictions treatment and substance abuse. Services are provided by a myriad of providers, including social workers, counselors, psychiatrist, psychologists, neurologists and even family practice physicians.
Many states have "parity" laws that attempt to require that behavioral health insurance coverage be provided "on par" to physical health coverage.
My new show deals with folks on the front-lines of the health care industry.
Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Ronald Andrews of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Dr. Andrews discusses the challenges that the medical community faces daily, health care reform, the aftermath of Katrina in the Gulf Coast region, and health care technology.
I think you will find his thoughts on the health care system in America both interesting and informative.
April 3, 2009
TOPIC: "Real Doctor/Real Medicine"