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Bridging Gaps in Behavioral Health Treatment: A Narrative Summary

Introduction

The Lancet Commission on Behavioral health and Sustainable Development called for a global partnership of governmental agencies, development agencies, non-profits, …

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2021 Trends In Behavioral Health: A Reference Guide On The US Behavioral Health Financing & Delivery System, 3rd Edition

The Third Edition of Trends in Behavioral Health: A Reference Guide On The US Behavioral Health Financing & Delivery System (The Guide) provides information and insights into the multi-layered United States behavioral health system.

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Employer Role In Employee Mental Health & Wellness

Employers are a driving force in the healthcare system, with nearly half of Americans receiving their benefits through employer-sponsored health …

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Keeping Your “High Performers” From Burnout

Burnout is a word we’ve heard often in the past 14 months. In one 2021 study across different industries, age groups, and experience levels, …

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Children’s Mental Health, The Pandemic, & The Next Normal

Children’s Hospital Colorado declared a mental health “state of emergency.” What was the criteria for this state of emergency? The system …

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February 2021 First Drop In Telehealth Utilization Since September 2020; Mental Health Accounts For Over Half Of Sessions

Between January and February 2021, the number of telehealth claims per month from commercially insured individuals in the United States …

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Mental Health Symptoms & Emergency Department Presentations Rise During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Federal survey data for April 2020 through February 2021 indicate that during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency, …

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Suicide Rate Among Female Nurses Is Double The General Female Population Rate

Between 2017 and 2018, the suicide rate among female nurses in the U.S. was almost double that of the general …

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Oklahoma Law Limits Use Of Antipsychotic Drugs In Assisted Living Communities

On April 19, 2021, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed legislation to limit the use of antipsychotic drugs for residents of …

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The Integrated Care Opportunity

The future for specialty provider organizations will involve participating in “whole person care” in some form or fashion. Payer interest …

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COVID-19 Pandemic Has Increased Incidence Of Mental Health Problems Worldwide

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and the resulting measures to reduce viral spread, negatively affected population mental health worldwide. About 24.0% …

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Decreases In Exercise Closely Linked With Higher Rates Of Depression During COVID-19

Decreases in exercise are closely linked with higher rates of depression during coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). From March to July …

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Trends In Behavioral Health: Social Determinants Of Health & Peer Support: Playing A Role In Mental Health Treatment & Recovery During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Social determinants of health (SDoH) is something that has long been on payers’ minds when it comes to mental health. …

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The STARR Coalition Seeks To Destigmatize Mental Health Research Through Innovative Initiatives & Programs

Join Luke Kramer, Executive Director of the Starr Coalition, as he discusses stigma involved in mental health research, goals for …

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New York Governor Proposes Merging Offices Of Mental Health & Addiction Services

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Trends In Behavioral Health: The COVID-19 Pandemic & The Future Of Payer/Provider Partnerships & Strategies

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only caused changes to individual organizations and government policy, but has had a direct impact …

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CMS Will Require Medicare Part D Plans To Offer A Real-Time Drug Benefit Cost Comparison Starting January 1, 2023

A final rule issued on January 19, 2021, for Medicare Part D drug plans will require the plans to offer …

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Maryland Legislature Considering Expanding Access To Behavioral Health Telehealth

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Depressive Symptoms Associated With Cardiovascular Disease Risk

According to an analysis of two data sets, older adults with depressive symptoms, even low-level symptoms but not cardiovascular problems …

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Ohio Medicaid Allows Pharmacists To Bill For Services Within Community Behavioral Health Organizations

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Mental Health System Transformation: From Ideas To Action

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The Health Disparities Challenge That Lies Ahead

The current raging COVID pandemic has brought to the fore some key health disparities. The statistics show that COVID death …

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U.S. Health Care Spending Increased 4.6% To $3.8 Trillion In 2019

The total national health care expenditure (NHE) in the United States increased by 4.6% to reach $3.8 trillion, or $11,582 …

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Medicare Launching ‘Value In Opioid Use Disorder Treatment’ Demonstration In April 2021

The Medicare Value in Opioid Use Disorder Treatment demonstration is slated to launch in April 2021. The Value in Treatment …

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Counties With Greater Social Vulnerability More Likely To Become COVID-19 Hotspots

U.S. counties with greater social vulnerability were more likely to become areas with rapidly increasing incidence of coronavirus disease 2019 …

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Alcohol-Induced Deaths Among Adults Increased 43% Between 2006 & 2018; Overall Rate For Women Increased 76%

Between 2006 and 2018, the age-adjusted rate of alcohol-induced death among adults aged 25 and older rose by 43%, from …

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Addressing Racial Bias In Health Care: Practice & Organizational Perspectives

Racial bias is evident at both the health delivery system level and educational/organizational level. Addressing racial bias in health care …

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10 Ways To Combat Discrimination With Compassionate Language

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Provided by permission of the Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). To learn more about DBSA, please visit …

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‘Best Practice’ For Reducing Readmissions For Consumers With Chronic Conditions

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19 of 23 Medicare Pioneer ACOs Move Into Year Three; Quality Outcomes Up & Financial Outcomes Mixed

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