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Expansive Career Opportunities In Behavioral Health Care Due To Staggering 87% Shortage In Staff: Technology Solutions Helping Bridge the Behavioral Health Workforce Gap

When individuals receive behavioral health care, a team of highly trained medical professionals work together provide the best possible care …

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What Do We Mean By Integrated Care, Whole Person Care, Transmural Care, Or Coordinated Care?

The buzzword in health policy these days is “integrated care.” Also known as whole person care, transmural care, coordinated care, …

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For Integration, It’s The Information – A Trend Driving 2022 Strategy

“Integration” in health and human services remains an elusive goal. Which is curious, since it is important to both consumers …

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States Expand Access To Medicaid Behavioral Health Services

States are expanding access to Medicaid behavioral health services, mostly through funding from the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) …

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The 8 Million Virtual Behavioral Health Visits

I did take note that CVS just passed eight million virtual behavioral health visits in 2021. The article reminded me …

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CMS Says State Medicaid Programs Can Cover Audio-Only Telehealth

On December 6, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that state Medicaid programs can reimburse for …

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Large Employer Health Plans Increasingly Focus On Hybrid Care Models & Expanding Mental Health Service Access

Large employers are designing their self-funded health plans for 2022 to integrate virtual and in-person services, and to expand access …

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10% Of New York Children On Medicaid Received New Community-Based Behavioral Health Services

About 10% of New York children eligible for a new set of Medicaid community-based behavioral health services actually received them …

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Australia Releases The First-Ever Set Of National Guidelines For Memory & Cognition Clinics

A University of Sydney Brain and Mind Centre collaboration with the Australian Dementia Network (ADNet) has released the first-ever set …

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Iowa Mental Health Funding Shifts From County To State

Iowa is realigning how it funds behavioral health services. It is moving from a county-based funding distribution model for behavioral …

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Schizophrenia & Dementia Dual Diagnosis Increased After CMS Reporting Requirement For Nursing Home Antipsychotic Prescriptions

After the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) began requiring public reporting of nursing home antipsychotic use, the proportion …

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Medical Homes Associated With Higher Likelihood Of Receiving ‘Guideline-Concordant’ Care For Chronic Health Conditions

Consumer-centered medical homes are associated with a higher likelihood of receiving “guideline-concordant” care for chronic health conditions. Consumer-centered medical home …

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Prompt Outpatient Behavioral Health Treatment Helps Reduce Total Cost Of Care Over Subsequent Two Years

Evernorth consumers diagnosed with behavioral health conditions who received from three to 19 outpatient treatment visits within 90 days after …

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Behavioral Health Referrals In The Time Of COVID

One of the consistent themes in discussions with executives of behavioral health treatment programs is that there is more demand …

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Still A Ways To Go

Treatment of serious mental illnesses has improved over the course of time—but there is still a long way to go. …

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Mental Health Rehospitalizations At Acute Care Children’s Hospital Within 90 Days Are 26% More Likely Among Black Children

Following children’s hospitalizations at acute care non-psychiatric children’s hospitals for a mental health diagnosis, the likelihood of rehospitalization within 90 …

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New Intensive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Is Nearly 80% Effective In Treating Depression

A new, intensive, individualized type of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is nearly 80% effective in treating depression. After five days …

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Nearly 60% Of Health Systems Aim To Become ‘Payviders’ In 2022

Nearly 60% of health systems surveyed plan to become “payviders” in 2022. A “payvider” is an organization that both delivers …

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California To Spend Up To $4.6 Billion On Enhanced Medicaid HCBS

On September 3, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) partially approved California’s Department of Health Care Services’ …

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Illinois Medicaid Expands Access To Long-Acting Injectable Medications

Illinois Medicaid Expands Access To Long-Acting Injectable Medications

Provisions included in the Illinois annual Medicaid omnibus legislation require the medical assistance …

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49% Of Long-Term Care Recipients Require Family Caregiver Help In ‘Most’ Aspects Of Daily Living

About half (49%) of people receiving long-term care assistance from a family caregiver in 2021 need help with “most aspects …

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All California Health Insurance Plans Required To Cover Screening For Adverse Childhood Experiences, Starting January 1, 2022

A California bill signed on October 7, 2021, requires all health insurance plans to screen children for Adverse Childhood Experiences …

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CDC Adds Bipolar Disorder & Schizophrenia To High-Risk COVID-19 List

On October 14, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added bipolar disorder and schizophrenia to the …

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Number Of Health Care Apps Integrating With EHRs Grew 20% During 2020

The number of digital applications that could integrate with an electronic health record (EHR) increased by 22% during 2020, from …

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Children’s Mental Health National State Of Emergency Declared By Associations For Pediatricians, Child Psychiatrists & Children’s Hospitals

On October 19, 2021, the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Children’s Hospital Association …

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Few State Medicaid Plans Have Evaluated The Effects Of Tele-Behavioral Health Provided Through Managed Care On Access & Costs

Of the 37 state Medicaid plans that, in January and February 2020, covered Medicaid behavioral health services via telehealth through …

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Major Depressive & Anxiety Disorders Prevalence Rose Worldwide By More Than 25%

The worldwide prevalence of major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders rose by more than 25% from January 1, 2020, and …

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New York Governor Signs Order Allowing Temporary Use Of Out-Of-State Telehealth Provider Organizations During Health Care Staffing Emergency

On September 27, 2021, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed an executive order (EO) that declared a state-wide disaster emergency …

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Severe Mental Health Disorders Increase Risk Of Death In Men With Heart Failure

Men with heart failure have worse long-term survival rates if they have severe mental illness (SMI) defined as severe depression, …

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Innovations Stemming The Rising Tide Of Substance Use Disorders

The statistics on substance use disorders in the United States continue to cause alarm. Overdose deaths in the United States …

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Increasing Medicare LTSS Benefits Could Cost Between $1 Billion & $13 Billion Per Year

Increasing access to long-term services and supports (LTSS) through the Medicare program for beneficiaries aged 65 and older could cost …

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