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Making Integration Work – Think Change Management

Management thought leader John Kotter wrote in his book, Sense of Urgency, “More than 70% of needed change either fails …

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Children In Poverty More Likely To Have Smaller Brain Volume & Slower Growth, Linked To Cognitive & Behavioral Difficulties

Children living below the federal poverty level (FPL) are more likely to have cognitive and behavioral difficulties than their better-off …

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People With MS & Depression More Likely To Die Over A 10-Year Period Than People With Neither Condition

People with multiple sclerosis (MS) and depression are more likely to die over a 10-year period than those with neither …

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Florida Ends Certificate Of Need Requirements For Specialty Medical, Rehabilitation & Psychiatric Hospitals

On July 1, 2021, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) stopped requiring a certificate of need (CON) review …

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Missouri Passes Reforms To Benefit & Assist Juvenile Inmates

On July 14, 2021, the state of Missouri passed measures to benefit and assist juvenile inmates. Senate Bill (SB) 26 …

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Integrated Treatment For Heart Failure & Depression Improves Quality Of Life

A telephone-delivered ‘blended’ model of collaborative care strategy that combined heart failure care management with depression treatment improved quality of …

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Do You Have The Data? Can You “Adapt?”

The executive team with the better data can make better decisions, assure better outcomes for consumers, improve staff and customer …

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Managing The 5%

There is a lot of investment money going into the mental health field—in fact, $14.7 billion in the first half …

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Schizophrenia Cost The U.S. $281.6 Billion In 2020; $62 Billion In Direct Costs

During 2020, the costs of schizophrenia in the United States was estimated at $281.6 billion. About 22% ($62.0 billion) of …

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During 2020, Overweight & Obesity Among Children Ages 5 Through 17 Rose To Over 40%

Between March 2020 and January 2021, the incidence of overweight and obesity among children ages 5 to 17 rose to …

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Illinois Enacts Medicaid Mental Health Network Adequacy Law

On July 23, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed legislation to require health insurers to ensure network adequacy for mental …

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Rhode Island To Pilot Safe Injection Sites

Rhode Island is planning to pilot harm reduction centers, also called overdose prevention sites or supervised consumption sites. This two-year …

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New Hampshire Medicaid To Cover Inpatient & Residential Treatment For Adults With SMI

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is planning to provide Medicaid coverage for short-term inpatient and …

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Children & Adolescents Experiencing Double The Rate Of Depression & Anxiety Due To COVID-19

During 2020, about 25.2% of youth globally experienced clinically elevated depression symptoms and 20.5% experienced anxiety. These rates are double …

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Average Signing Bonus For Psychiatrists Is $33,000

The average signing bonus for U.S. psychiatrists in 2021 is $33,000. Bonuses for psychiatrists range from $1,000 to $75,000. Across …

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Utah To Merge Departments Of Health & Human Services With Goal Of Integrating Physical & Behavioral Health

The Utah Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Human Services (DHS) are planning to merge to become the …

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Managing Long Haul Burnout

In the midst of the current wave of COVID cases from the delta variant, there are many questions. Will the …

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Bridging Gaps in Behavioral Health Treatment: A Narrative Summary

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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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Peer Supports? There’s An App For That

A few new developments around peer supports have caught everyone’s attention. Not surprisingly, the pandemic has changed the role and …

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Behavioral Health Disorders Among Top Five Causes Of Hospital Admissions In Adults Ages 18 To 44

Behavioral health disorders were among the top five causes of U.S. hospital admissions in adults aged 18 to 44, more …

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Dose Tapering Of Long-Term Opioid Pain Relief Linked To Rise In Overdose Events & Mental Health Crisis

Among people prescribed long-term high-dose-opioid treatment for chronic pain control who had been forced to taper down their doses, the …

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Idaho To Launch Implementation Of Nine Behavioral Health System Improvements, Full Details Expected By October 1, 2021

The state of Idaho planning to implement nine behavioral health care system improvements over the next three years to improve …

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Integrated Care Gets A Leg Up With Virtual First

Plugging into systems for integrated “whole person” care is increasingly an imperative for all provider organizations—whether they offer primary or …

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Annual U.S. Deaths Due To Alcohol, Drugs Or Suicide Exceeded 156,000 In 2019

In 2019, 156,242 Americans died due to alcohol, drugs, or suicide, an average of 45.7 deaths per 100,000 individuals. This …

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Behavioral Health Telehealth Visits Increased 6,500% During The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency; Total Claims Up Slightly

Claims for behavioral health evaluation and management (E&M) telehealth visits increased by 6,500% from January 2020 to February 2021 in …

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California Ends State Division of Juvenile Justice Admissions, Will Close All State-Run Facilities By June 2023

On July 1, 2021, the state of California ended most youth admissions  to the three state-run California Department of Justice …

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Quality Standards & Performance Measures Infographic

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Metrics & Improvement In Quality Outcomes: Pharmacist’s Corner Section Advisor Interview On PsychU’s Theme For August

In this interview, Dr. Megan Ehret, Pharmacist Corner Section Advisor, discusses metrics and quality outcomes. Find out what types of …

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Kansas Establishes Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics

On May 3, 2021, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed legislation, Senate Substitute for House Bill 2208, to establish the Certified …

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Over 60% Of People With Schizophrenia Use Tobacco; Use of Other Substances Tops 76%

About 62.3% of people hospitalized for schizophrenia spectrum disorders (SSDs) used tobacco. About 76.8% used tobacco or other substances such …

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Medicaid Behavioral Health Use During COVID-19 Dropped 34% For Children & 22% For Adults

Between March 2020 through October 2020 during the U.S. coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency, Medicaid behavioral health utilization …

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Over 40% Of Military Veterans Experienced Psychological Improvement During The Pandemic

During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency, about 43.3% of U.S. veterans experienced positive psychological changes or post-traumatic …

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Outpatient Mental Health Clinics With Higher Fidelity To ‘Zero Suicide’ Practices Had Lower Odds Of A Suicide Incident

Outpatient mental health clinics with higher fidelity to “Zero Suicide” (ZS) practices had a 69% lower likelihood of having a …

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A Recovery-Oriented Perspective & Approach To Behavioral Health Care: A Discussion Among A Peer & A Clinical Provider (ROPA Series Part 2)

Recovery is possible for most individuals living with a mental health condition and this is a process that can improve …

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A Recovery-Oriented Perspective & Approach To Behavioral Health Care: A Discussion Among A Peer & A Clinical Provider (ROPA Series Part 1)

Recovery is possible for most individuals living with a mental health condition and this is a process that can improve …

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Nurses’ Role In Behavioral Health During The Crisis Of COVID-19

Anxiety, fear, and trauma can be rampant during times of natural disaster. Kimberly Lonergan, RN, MSN, interviews Tony Amberg to …

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World Bipolar Day 2020

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Behavioral Health HEDIS® Measures: An Annual Update From NCQA©

The most-used tool in health care for improving performance is the Healthcare Effectiveness Data Information Set (HEDIS®). HEDIS® asks how …

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How To Build Effective Programs That Meet Payers’ Focus On Social Determinants Of Health: Will The New Codes Pave The Way? (SDoH Series Part 2)

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines Social determinants of health (SDoH) as “The conditions in which people are born, grow, …

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Addressing Social Determinants: Impacting Health & Wellness Beyond Traditional Medicine (SDoH Series Part 1)

Social determinants of health (SDoH) – like socioeconomic status, education, neighborhood and physical environment, employment, social support networks, and access …

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Metrics, Oversight, Politics, & Treatment Decisions: Studying The Interrelation Between Risk & Protective Factors For Burnout Among VHA PTSD Specialty Clinic Teams

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National & State Behavioral Health Systems: Changes On The Horizon

Over the past two years, legislative changes have had a significant impact on the behavioral health industry landscape, particularly in …

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State Of The Union: A Critical Look At The Policy & Legislation Impacting U.S. Behavioral Health Care

Changes in delivery and reimbursement for mental health services were abundant in 2018, spurred by a combination of state and …

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Tackling Behavioral Health Provider Shortages: Health Plan Strategies From Access To Engagement

Given the growing demand and shrinking availability of clinical professionals – both psychiatrists and allied health providers such as social workers …

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Measurement-Based Care In Psychiatry: Clinical & Administrative Perspectives

Measurement-based care (MBC) can be an important component in effectively treating an individual with behavioral health needs by systematically measuring …

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Health Plan Population Health Management Strategies: How Policy Affects Serving Complex Members

Care for individuals with behavioral health conditions typically costs 2-3 times as much, on average, as care for individuals without …

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One Step At A Time (Or Several At Once): Improving Quality Measurement In Behavioral Health

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Recent health reforms such as the Affordable Care Act (ACA / PPACA) and the Medicare Access and CHIP …

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Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs): A New Approach To Providing Mental Health & Addiction Treatment

Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers (CCBHCs) were established as a demonstration program under the federal Protecting Access to Medicare Act …

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HEDIS® Behavioral Health Measures: An Update From NCQA©

Quality measurement for behavioral health is gaining more importance as payers and providers of health care acknowledge the impact mental …

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The MACRA Quality Payment Program: What Behavioral Health Care Professionals Should Know

The Quality Payment Program (QPP) was developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as part of the …

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Achieving The Triple Aim Through Innovations In Care Management: Improving The Value Of Care In Mental Health

The health care needs of people with comorbid behavioral and medical disorders are not always met by traditional delivery models; …

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Is Zero A Must?: The Impact Of Residual Symptoms In Major Depressive Disorder

While remission is the goal in treatment of patients with major depressive disorder (MDD), persistent symptoms are common, even among …

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Paying For Value In Mental Health Services: Perspectives From The Field

The shift to value-based reimbursement for health care is soon to be the norm and the provision of mental health …

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Recovery In The Community: Can We Do Better?

A goal for all patients with mental illness should be symptom reduction and optimal psychosocial functioning. In this webinar, experienced …

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NCQA© HEDIS® Measures & Mental Health: The Current Landscape & Future Developments

The importance of measuring quality is growing with each change in health care delivery and reimbursement. In this webinar, two …

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Behavioral Health In The Era Of Value-Based Care: Improving Quality & Lowering Costs Through Population Health Management

From health plans to provider systems, success in the current health care environment is dependent on an organization’s ability to …

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Measuring Outcome In The Treatment Of Depression: Why You Should Do It & How You Can Do It – A Focus On Measurement-Based Care

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a serious, chronic disabling illness, with residual symptoms causing significant psychosocial and occupational functional impairment. …

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Facilitating Recovery In Schizophrenia: An Assertive Community Treatment Approach

Why is the concept of recovery important to patients with schizophrenia? What are some barriers to recovery? How can an …

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

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