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The 12 Steps to Inclusivity in Mental Health Services (Part III)

From the 2019 Pew Research Center survey of over 25 countries on people view of diversity in their country, most …

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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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The 12 Steps To Inclusivity In Mental Health Services (Part II)

From the 2019 Pew Research Center survey of over 25 countries on people view of diversity in their country, most …

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The 12 Steps to Inclusivity In Mental Health Services (Part I)

From the 2019 Pew Research Center survey of over 25 countries on people view of diversity in their country, most …

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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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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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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

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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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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What’s Next For Consumers & Therapists? Less Choice, Fewer Offices, More Tech…

The pandemic has brought many changes that are top of mind for executive teams of health and human service organizations—new …

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

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) collects information on the performance of health care service delivery from health plans …

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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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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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Illinois Medicaid To Cover New Behavioral Health Services

Under legislation, Senate Bill 2294, signed on July 6, 2021, the Illinois Department Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) will expand …

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Pennsylvania Expands Access To Caregiver Support Program

On August 10, 2021, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) will implement a new law that expands caregiver access to …

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U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths Rose Nearly 30% In 2020

Drug overdose deaths in the United States rose nearly 30% in 2020, based on state data reported on July 4, …

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Building New Bridges – Behavioral Health & Law Enforcement

Across the United States, at least 20% of police calls for service involve a mental health or substance use crisis. …

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Over One-Third Of Americans Live In Areas Lacking Mental Health Professionals

About one-third of Americans, 121 million as of June 30, 2021, lived in an area with a shortage of mental …

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SAMHSA Seeks To Increase Use Of CBT For Psychosis From Current 1% To Standard Treatment

Standard treatment for schizophrenia disorders should include cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis (CBTp), according to the federal Substance Abuse and …

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Tired, Takeaways, & Transformation: The Impacts Of The COVID-19 Pandemic & Shifts In National Health Policy

The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted the mental health and well-being of many Americans. Studies have shown that nearly half of …

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HHS Announces $14.2 Million In American Rescue Plan Funding For Pediatric Mental Health

On May 20, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced a $14.2 million funding opportunity to …

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Let’s Talk About LGBTQIA+ & Mental Health

As we celebrate Pride Month, PsychU will be joining the LGBTQIA+ community in raising awareness of what it means to …

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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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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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Nurses In Leadership Series: Dr. Karah Brashier

Join in the conversation as nurses across the country share their experiences, wisdom, and best practices that exemplify nursing at …

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18% Of Older Adults Report Worsening Mental Health During COVID-19

For adults aged 50 to 80, 18% reported their mental health was worse during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public …

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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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Suicide Rates Lower Among People Using Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotics Than Those Taking Oral Antipsychotics

Suicide rates are lower among those using long-acting injectable antipsychotics (LAI) than those taking oral antipsychotics of the same compounds. …

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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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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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How Virtual Behavioral Health Organizations “Fit” In the Health Care Ecosystem

Investments in behavioral health virtual delivery systems have dwarfed investments in brick and mortar services. In 2020, digital behavioral health …

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Those With A Recent History Of Homelessness & Mental Illness Who Declined Housing First Individual Placement & Support Services Had Lower Odds Of Obtaining Employment

Those with a recent history of homelessness and mental illness who declined Housing First individual placement and support services had …

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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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Ohio Medicaid Makes COVID-19 Telehealth Rules Permanent

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) recently implemented new rules to make permanent the state’s temporary expansion of telehealth during …

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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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Social Cognitive Impairment Similar In Schizophrenia & Autism

Those with “schizophrenia spectrum disorders” (SSDs) and those with “autism spectrum disorder” (ASD) have similar levels of social cognitive impairment. …

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Frequent Psychiatric Hospitalization Is Highest Among Those With Schizophrenia

The odds of becoming a “high utilizer” of psychiatric hospital services are highest among those with schizophrenia, at 111% higher. …

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Cuyahoga County, Ohio To Launch Jail Diversion Center For Behavioral Health Treatment

Cuyahoga County and the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board are opening a pre-arrest diversion center that …

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The Current State Of Women’s Mental Health

During this discussion, our panelists engage in a dialog reflecting on the research which underscores how women may be disproportionately …

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APA Releases New Evidence-based Practice Guideline for Patients with Schizophrenia

Patients with schizophrenia should have documented, comprehensive, and person-centric treatment plans that include evidence-based nonpharmacologic and pharmacological treatments, according to …

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Managing The A To “Z” Of Health, You May Be More Ready Than You Think

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Will Investing In Social Determinants Pay Off?

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The Future Of Health Care & Leveraging Technology

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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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Federal Court Reinstates Florida ‘Pay-To-Vote’ Rules For People With Past Felony Convictions

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Technology Update: Impacts On Treatment

Technology’s impact on mental health care service delivery is often lauded, but what’s the evidence thus far? Artificial intelligence, machine …

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More Than One Third Of Older Adults Will Struggle With Video-Call Telehealth Visits

Two separate studies corroborate that over a third of older adults will struggle with telehealth visits if they require the …

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After A Natural Disaster Or Tragedy: Influence Of Media On COVID-19 Experience

In her 2018 interview on mental health around 9/11, Dr. Kelly Stein-Marcus’ closing comments were on the effect of media …

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Integration Of Behavioral Health Care & Primary Health Care: The Past, The Present & The Future

The integration of behavioral health care into primary care is one approach to bridging the care continuum and increasing access …

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Vaccines & Vaccine Development (Part 3 Of 3-Part Viruses, Vaccines & Inflammation: Neurological Perspectives Series)

Adaptive immune responses and/or effective vaccines are required to safeguard mankind from many viruses that rely on a human host …

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Future of Health Care Beyond 2020 Series: Interview With Kathy Day, MPA, BA, AA

In this interview, Kathy Day, MPA, BA, AA, PsychU Patient and Caregiver Section Advisor, discusses the future of health care …

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Future Of Health Care Beyond 2020 Series: Interview With Sloan Manning, M.D.

In this interview, Sloan Manning, M.D., PsychU Primary Care Provider Section Advisor, discusses the future of health care beyond the …

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Future Of Health Care Beyond 2020 Series: Interview With Dwayne Mayes

In this interview, Dwayne Mayes, PsychU Patient and Caregiver Section Co-Advisor, discusses the future of health care beyond the COVID-19 …

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PANSS-6: A Tool For Measure-Based Care In Schizophrenia

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HHS Extends COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Declaration

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Two-Thirds Of Adults With High Deductible Health Plans Have A Health Savings Account; Most Do Not Contribute

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Driving Better Outcomes With A ‘Whole Life’ Approach

The U.S. has historically “separated” the health of an individual from their social circumstances. “Clinically appropriate” was added to the …

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Unemployment Tied To Veteran Suicide Rate; 550 Suicides Per Five Point Rise In Unemployment

An estimated 550 additional veterans in the United States are projected to die by suicide annually for every five-percentage point …

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American Foundation For Suicide Prevention Announces Diversity As Priority Focus Area For Research Funding

The nation’s largest private funder of suicide prevention research, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) announced the research priority …

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Why Unemployment Matters To Health Care Organizations

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CDC Changes COVID-19 Guidance On Length Of Isolation For Those With COVID-19

People who have been confirmed with mild to moderate COVID-19 can leave their isolation without receiving a negative test, according …

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NIH Launches Clinical Trials Network To Test COVID-19 Vaccines & Other Prevention Tools

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has established a …

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Over 10 Million U.S. People Could Lose Employer-Sponsored Insurance By The End Of 2020

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Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention: Innovation In A Crisis

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IRS Says For-Profit Health Care Provider Organizations Must Pay Taxes On CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Payments

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Shatterproof Launches Addiction Treatment Platform ATLAS

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Inflammation & Neurological Sequelae (Part 2 of 3-Part Viruses, Vaccines & Inflammation: Neurological Perspectives Series)

Viruses have represented a significant threat for many years and have received increased focus as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. …

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Within Kaiser Health System, 14% Of Appointments Took Place Via Phone Or Video Telemedicine Visits Between 2016 & 2018

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Homelessness Projected To Rise 45% By The End Of 2020 Due To COVID-19 Unemployment

Unemployment is projected to increase homelessness by up to 45%, from 568,000 as of January 2020 to more than 800,000 …

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Sigma Mental Health Urgent Care Expands Telehealth Statewide In Texas

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Household Size & Employment Status Are Key Factors In Mental Health Among Canadians During COVID-19

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Kroger Health Receives FDA Emergency Use Authorization For Its COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit

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Center On Addiction Rebrands As ‘Partnership To End Addiction’

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Performance Of Humana ‘Bold Goal’ Social Determinants Program Continues To Improve At Five-Year Mark

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Why Value-Based Purchasing For Medications Matters

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Within Kaiser Health System, 14% Of Appointments Took Place Via Phone Or Video Telemedicine Visits Between 2016 & 2018

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Blue Cross Of North Carolina Launches Program To Pay Primary Care Practices To Switch To Value-Based Model

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The Present & The Future May Be Virtual—But What Are The Rules?

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North Carolina Selects Provider Organizations For COVID-19 Testing & Contact Tracing

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Medicare Proposes Allowing Continued Use Of Telehealth For Home Health Provider Organizations After COVID-19 Emergency Ends

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COVID-19 Case Rate Among Prisoners Was 5.5 Times Higher Than U.S. Population Case Rate; Death Rate Was 1.3 Times Higher

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17% Of ACOs Developing New Home Visit Programs

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Horizon New Jersey Health Completes Expansion Of ‘Neighbors In Health’ Program To Address Social Determinants Of Health

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Measurement-Based Care In Psychiatry

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Psychiatric Resident Perspective Of The Impact Of The COVID-19 Pandemic From The U.S. Epicenter

In this podcast, Dr. Pallavi Joshi discusses COVID-19’s impact on her residency training and clinical practice with Jehan Marino, PharmD, …

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An Estimated 1.64 Million U.S. Non-Profit Workers Lost Jobs Due To COVID-19

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Connecticut Sued For Failure To Reduce COVID-19 Risk At Mental Health Facilities

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Number Of Americans Serving As Informal Caregivers Rose 22% From 2015 To 2020

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Primary Care Practices Could Lose Over $15 Billion In Revenue Due To COVID-19

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

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) collects information on the performance of health care service delivery from health plans …

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Maximizing Revenue Amid The Crisis—Resources For Recovery

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Value-Based Reimbursement: Are You Walking In Your Customer’s Shoes?

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Robots As A Staffing ‘Force Multiplier’

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Molina Healthcare To Acquire Certain Assets Of Passport Health Plan

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Measurement-Based Care In Psychiatry

Research has shown that when adding measurement-based care tools to usual care, including psychiatric care, significant improvement in patient outcomes …

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SAMHSA Publishes Final Rule Amending Addiction Treatment Records Privacy

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U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs & Department Of Defense Launch National Telehealth Projects For Critical Care

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Epidemics & Pandemics: An Ongoing Threat To Public Health

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Introducing PsychU Nurses Corner Section Advisor Sara Jones, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP

Julleah Johnson, PhD, and Sara Jones, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP, discuss the PsychU Nurses Corner and the role of nurses …

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Centene & Quartet Health Expand Partnership Nationwide To Help Ensure Members Have Access To Critical Behavioral Health Care During COVID-19 Pandemic & Beyond

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Uber Launches Service To Help With COVID-19 Contact Tracing

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Managing Your Service Portfolio Is Key To Crisis Recovery

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Red Cross Offers Virtual Care For Families Struggling With Loss & Grief

The American Red Cross is launching a Virtual Family Assistance Center to support families struggling with loss and grief due …

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Torchlight Offers ‘Caregiving In Times Of Crisis Toolkit’ For Businesses & Individuals Grappling With COVID-19

Torchlight, an employee-caregiver support solutions provider organization, announced the release of the first installment of its “Caregiving in Times of …

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Meditation App Headspace Adds $48 Million In Funding

Headspace Inc. has added another nearly $48 million to its offerings during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health crisis. …

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Chestnut Health Systems Awarded $100,000 Grant To Benefit Persons Impacted By COVID-19

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Walgreens To Open Up To 700 In-Store Primary Care Clinics In $1 Billion Deal With VillageMD

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Mindstrong Announces $100 Million Funding Round To Scale Its Virtual Mental Health Care & Digital Symptom Measurement Offering

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CDPHP, Valera Health Expand Tele-Mental Health Services To Support Members In Need

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Consumers With Psychological Distress Reported Low Levels Of Personal Recovery After Receiving Mental Health Treatment

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Too Much Health Care?

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Addus HomeCare Announces Acquisition Of A Plus Health Care

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National Institutes Of Health Launches Rapid Innovation Initiative To Develop COVID-19 Home Or Point-Of-Care Tests By Fall 2020

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The Leader’s Role In Managing The Stress Of The Essential Professional

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Cedar Gate Technologies Acquires Citra Health Solutions

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Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Announces Opening Of Housing & Homeless Services Facility In Seattle

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Wolf Administration Announces Strategy To Ease Long-Term Care Facility Restrictions Through Gradual Three-Step Process To Protect Vulnerable Populations

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PA Clinical Network & Geisinger Health Plan Announce Value-Based Contract Agreement

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Humana To Offer LabCorp At-Home COVID-19 Test Collection & Drive-Thru Testing

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Kindred Healthcare Completes Acquisition Of Two Behavioral Health Hospitals In Texas

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Judge Rules Against Hospitals In Price Transparency Lawsuit

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Summit BHC Acquires West Virginia’s Highland Hospital

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Ready For The Digital Health Revolution? Note: It’s Not Just Telehealth

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Highmark, Kaiser & Humana Medicare Advantage Plans Rank Highest In Member Satisfaction

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Navigating Telepsychiatry In Mental Health Care: A Discussion With A Peer Specialist & A Caregiver

On average, in the United States there is one mental health provider for every 536 individuals, and providers are not …

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Hawaii Cancels New Medicaid Contracts Due To COVID-19, Will Rebid In Fall 2020

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eHome Counseling Group Expands Innovative Virtual PTSD Treatment Program

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Priority Health & Cigna Form Strategic Alliance To Make Quality Health Care More Affordable & Accessible For Michigan Employers & Customers

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University Of Washington Medicine To Permanently Close Psychiatric Facility

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Optum, Wider Circle & Helping Hands Community Partner To Deliver Food To Vulnerable People In Los Angeles County During COVID-19 Pandemic

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The Data-Driven Leader

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Walmart Announces Opening Of Walmart Health In Arkansas Adding To Its ‘Healthcare Supercenters’

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Population Density & Genetic Risk For Schizophrenia

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Centerstone Introducing New Zero Suicide Initiative

Centerstone, a national leader in behavioral health care, is introducing a zero-suicide initiative at its locations in Illinois. While Centerstone …

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$15 Billion HHS Relief Fund For Medicaid & CHIP Provider Organizations Is Open For Applications

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Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Why Do I Need To Find A Match?

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Leadership Resources For Real-Time Crisis Recovery

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AbleTo Launches Full Suite Of Mental Health Solutions To Address Growing Demand For Care

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Seven Steps To Go From Crisis Management To Crisis Recovery

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The Pandemic Provides A New Urgency For The Integrated Care Issue

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Leadership Is Adaptability In The Face Of Uncertainty

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Starbucks Begins Mental Health Training

In its latest move to address mental health in the workplace, Starbucks is making mental health training available for all …

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New Service Lines, New Measures

As executive teams look to diversify, there is one challenge that comes with every new service—identifying and managing new performance …

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HHS Eliminates Protection From Health Care Discrimination Based On Gender Identity

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Los Angeles To Provide 6,700 New Shelter Beds To Clear Homeless Camps Near Freeways

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A Digital Leader Living In A Digital World

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New Aegis Treatment Center Opens In California

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Promedica Makes Bid To Take Over Operations Of UTMC

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CMS Extends Deadline For Direct Contracting Letters Of Intent

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COVID-19 Pandemic In U.S. Could Cost Health Plans Up To $547 Billion Over The Next Two Years

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American Addiction Centers Files For Bankruptcy

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For Crisis Recovery, The Best Defense Is A Good Offense

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Medicare Adjusts ACO Risk Models To Account For COVID-19

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St. Luke’s University Health Network To Acquire Easton Hospital

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What To Say When You Want More

For provider organization executives looking at recovery planning, “top of the list” is different relationships with payers. In most discussions, …

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Follow-Up Mental Health Visits Lower Among Those With Substance Addiction

Follow-up mental health visits, within 14 days after emergency department contact, are lower among those with substance addiction than those …

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Uplift Family Services Awarded $4 Million Grant From SAMHSA

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Landmark Health Launches HIPAA-Compliant Telemedicine App

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Los Angeles County Homelessness Up Nearly 13%, Despite Sustained Increase In Number Of People Rehoused

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Unite Us Acquires Staple Health

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Spero Health Opens Ohio Clinic Offering Addiction Treatment With Telehealth Services

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WellCare To Invest In Critical Mental Health Resources In New Jersey

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Kindred Healthcare & Landmark Medical Center Announce Definitive Agreement Forming Joint Venture To Acquire Rehabilitation Hospital Of Rhode Island

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Massachusetts Emergency Department & Outpatient Data During COVID-19 Crisis Indicate Fewer Assessments Of Psychiatric Symptoms

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Understanding Second Victim Syndrome In Healthcare Providers

It is not uncommon for a health care provider to experience extreme distress after medical error or after an adverse …

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Addcounsel Launches Orchestrate Health, At-Home Mental Health Care Service In UK

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CMS Makes COVID-19-Related Changes To Value-Based Care Models

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Medication Adherence During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Medication adherence has proven challenging for many individuals during the coronavirus pandemic. For all the convenience offered by virtual visits, …

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Back To The Office? The Testing Dilemma

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Collect The Data, Connect The Dots To Value

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24 Provider Organizations Receive Over $100 Million In CARES Act Provider Relief; New York & Presbyterian Hospital Tops The List

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Leveraging Virtual Capacity & Moving To Use Cases Beyond Therapy

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Leadership—The Key For Moving From Crisis To Recovery

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San Diego County Launching Veterans Community Care Program & Releases RFP

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Tips For Protecting Community Pharmacists & Pharmacy Staff From COVID-19

Pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, student pharmacists, and other pharmacy staff are frontline responders to the COVID-19 pandemic. Staying protected and healthy …

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Protecting Yourself, Your Patients & Your Family

As an essential healthcare provider, taking appropriate steps to protect yourself, your staff, your patients, and your family is a …

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Managing Suspected Cases of COVID-19 In Ambulatory Care & Community Pharmacy Settings

Pharmacists and pharmacy staff working in ambulatory care/community pharmacy
settings may encounter patients who are displaying symptoms of the novel coronavirus …

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COVID-19 Basics: What Pharmacy Personnel Need to Know During the COVID-19 Crisis

As an essential healthcare provider, being informed on the most current information about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is critically …

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For Better Or Worse? Bridging The Care Continuum For Mental Health Services In Our New Reality

Navigating the health care system, particularly mental health services, is a daunting task during “normal” times. Facing the fluidity and …

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Population Health: Clinical & Administrative Implications

Optimizing both population health and individual patient care will require major changes in how health care is delivered, starting with …

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New Roles For A Pharmacist Near You

We are 13 weeks into the pandemic crisis. For executives of health and human service organizations, the question is how …

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More Than 120 Behavioral Health Provider Organizations Awarded FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program Funds

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Medicare Telehealth Claims Rose From 13,000 Per Week In March To 1.4 Million Claims Per Week In April

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81% Of U.S. Physicians Report Drop In Visit Volume During COVID-19 Pandemic In April 2020

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Reopening Is Not Recovery

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NCQA Adjusts HEDIS Quality Measures Due To COVID-19 Pandemic-Driven Telehealth Surge

On June 5, 2020, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced adjustments to 40 Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information …

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Getting To Whole Person Addiction Treatment

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CMS Proposes Regulatory Changes To Promote Medicaid Value-Based Drug Purchasing

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Emergency Department Visits Down 42% During Early COVID-19 Pandemic

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Almost Half Of ACOs Led By Physicians In 2018

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Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network Resumes COVID-19 Testing

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20% Of Health Care Personnel Have Tested Positive For COVID-19

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Paddling Four Canoes To Steer Through The Crisis

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Making Your Clinical Programs VBR-Ready

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Innovations In New Payment Models: A Look At State Examples Of Value-Based Payments

The health care economy continues to shift from the fee-for-service model that has been in existence for decades to value-based …

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The Road To Recovery: Improving Patient Functioning Through Exercise

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Interacting With First Responders Webinar: Follow-Up Q&A Podcast

Elizabeth DiNapoli sits down with Kathy Day to respond to unanswered questions from PsychU’s Interacting with First Responders webinar. Their …

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Take A Stand On Racial Injustice: Perspectives From Mental Health Experts In Advocacy & Psychiatric Health Care

This timely and deeply affecting webinar features distinguished mental health thought leaders sharing the impact of racism and its trauma …

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Privacy & Security In Digital Health

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Prior To COVID-19, Primary Care Physician Salaries Increased 2.5% From 2019; Specialist Salaries Increased 1.5%

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Medicare Advantage Plans Can Count Telehealth Professionals Toward Network Adequacy Standards In 2021

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Texas To Test All Residents & Staff In State-Run Homes For People With Disabilities & Psychiatric Hospitals

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Indiana Awards Medicaid Managed Care ABD Contracts To Incumbents Anthem & Centene/Managed Health Services & To UnitedHealthcare

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Kentucky Awards Medicaid MCO Contracts To Aetna, Humana, Molina Healthcare, UnitedHealthcare & WellCare

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Medicare Will Require Hospitals To Adopt The Hybrid Hospital-Wide 30-Day Readmission Measure By 2023

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African Americans Overrepresented In March 2020 COVID Hospitalizations In Atlanta

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Text-Based Internet CBT For Health Anxiety As Effective As Face-To-Face CBT

Symptom reduction for people with health anxiety who were treated with internet-delivered, text-based cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) was similar to …

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240,000 Physician Practice Staff Laid Off In April 2020 Due To Pandemic; 1% Of Total Layoffs

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Iowa Medicaid Healthy Behaviors Program Participants Less Likely To Use Hospital-Based Care

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Nearly 27 Million Americans May Have Lost Job-Based Health Insurance Due To COVID-19; 42% Likely Eligible For Medicaid

Between March 1, 2020 and May 2, 2020, nearly 27 million Americans may have lost employer-sponsored health insurance (ESI) due …

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CMS Urges Medicare Advantage Plans To Relax Prior Authorization Requirements During COVID-19 Pandemic

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CMS Finalizes Telehealth & ESRD Changes For Medicare Advantage

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Facebook To Pay $52 Million To Settle Psychological Trauma Complaint By Content Moderators Who Developed PTSD

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14% Of Physicians Used Telemedicine Video Visits Weekly Pre-COVID-19

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About 90% Of Physicians Worldwide Are Treating Consumers Remotely

About 90% of physicians in nine countries, including the United States, said that they or a colleague are participating in …

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Pennsylvania Clinical Network Signs Value-Based Contract With Aetna Medicare Advantage Plan

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Privacy & Security Considerations During The Pandemic

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FDA Publishes First Validation Results Of 12 COVID-19 Antibody Tests

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New York Orders Long-Term Care Facilities To Communicate Consumer COVID-19 Test Results & Deaths To Families

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Psychological First Aid By Nurses, For Nurses: A Conversation With Alan “Tony” Amberg

Nurses are incredibly resilient, but the COVID-19 pandemic has imposed significant challenges to those in the profession. Alan “Tony” Amberg, …

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Outpatient Prescription Opioid Expenses For Adults Totaled $7.7 Billion In 2017

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51% Of North Carolina Adults At Higher Risk For Severe COVID-19 Illness Due To Age Or Underlying Health Condition

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Google, Facebook & Twitter Partner To Expand Access To Online Addictions Treatment & Recovery Resources During COVID-19

On April 10, 2020, a new online addiction treatment platform, Tech Together, was launched. The platform is a partnership between …

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Virginia DOC To Release More Inmates As COVID-19 Cases Rise In State Prisons

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Non-Fatal Overdose Emergency Visits Up 4.3% For All Drugs & 3.1% For All Opioids Between 2016 & 2017

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The Global Impact Of The Novel Coronavirus Pandemic On Mental Health & Suicide

In this webinar, psychiatrist Roger S. McIntyre discusses with Senior Medical Science Liaison Kimberly Lonergan the psychological impact of COVID-19 …

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About 87% Of Medicare Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Claims With Outlier Payments Failed To Meet Medicare Requirements

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One-Third Of Primary Care Physicians Doubt Effectiveness & Long-Term Safety Of MAT For Opioid Treatment

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Few MLTSS Program Contracts Assess Or Reassess The Well-Being Of Their Members’ Family Caregivers

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43% Of Addiction Treatment Provider Organizations In North Carolina Report Only 30 Days Cash On Hand With Lost Revenue & Higher Expenses Due To COVID-19

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FDA Guidelines Temporarily Expand Access To Low-Risk mHealth & Telemental Health Devices

On April 14, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidance that temporarily expands availability of digital health …

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19% Of Inmates Found Positive With COVID-19 Testing At Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Jail

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White House Announces Plan To Expand COVID-19 Testing To 2 Million Tests Per Week

On April 27, 2020, the White House announced a plan to expand testing for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that would …

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Humana & National Quality Forum Say New Value-Based Payment Models Should Include Social Risks

As payers move toward population-based payment models, the National Qualify Forum (NQF) and Humana believe that the models should evaluate …

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Los Angeles County COVID-19 Antibody Testing Finds Prevalence Rate At Least 28 Times Higher Than Confirmed Cases

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CMS Continues Efforts To Expand Access To Telehealth Services

On April 30, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued regulatory changes to further expand beneficiary access …

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Hospital Executives Report Key Pandemic Crisis Challenges In Testing & Post-Acute Care Discharge

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U.S. Hospital Margins Down 11 Percentage Points From February To March 2020

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9% Of Long-Term Care Residents Receive Less Medication Than Needed Due To Inadequate Prescription Coverage

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About 10% Of Medicaid Beneficiaries With Behavioral Health Disorders Made Telehealth Visits In 2017

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35% Of Primary Care Professionals Believe A Majority Of Independent Practices Could Close By End Of COVID-19 First Wave

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CMS Approves Washington State 1115 Medicaid COVID-19 Emergency Waiver, Will Allow Higher HCBS Rates To Maintain Capacity

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Behavioral Health Provider Organizations Can Accept Donations Of Devices & Data Plans To Facilitate Telehealth During The COVID-19 Outbreak

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Integrating Behavioral Care At A Nurse-Led Clinic: An Interview With Kent Alford

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New Jersey Creates Regional Health Hubs To Replace Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations

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A Call For Change: The Nurse Leader’s Role In Interprofessional Teams

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Permanent Supportive Housing Reduced Pennsylvania Medicaid Beneficiaries’ Spending By 13% Per Person

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Skilled Nursing Facilities Treating COVID-19 Have Experienced 1,064% Increase In Costs For Required Personal Protective Equipment

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Iowa Inadequately Monitored Its Medicaid Health Home Provider Organizations

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The Nurse’s Role In Integrating & Improving Behavioral Care

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CMS Issues Recommendations To Re-Open Health Care Systems In Areas With Low Incidence Of COVID-19

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President Signs Bill To Allocate More Funding To CARES Act Loan & Relief Programs

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California Creates $75 Million Fund To Provide Stimulus Money To Undocumented Immigrants

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75% Of Correctional Facilities Report Staff Have Adequate Personal Protective Equipment For COVID-19

As of April 23, 2020, about 75% of correctional facilities in the United States report that their staff had adequate …

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

Living and working during pandemic is stressful—the uncertainty, the anxiety, the isolation. All take a toll on physical and mental …

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Feds Will Not Enforce Use Of HIPAA-Compliant Telehealth Platforms During The Pandemic Crisis

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HHS Finalizes Strategies To Reduce Regulatory & Administrative Burden Of Using EHRs

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Managing Mental Health During & In The Aftermath Of A Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has exerted significant effects on mental health. The prescription of anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications has increased, as …

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Medicaid Expansion Associated With 9.7% Drop In Opioid-Related Hospitalization

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FDA Guidance Update: Digital Health Devices For Treating Psychiatric Disorders During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has played a critical role in protecting the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic …

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National Quality Forum Endorses Four Behavioral Health Measures

National Quality Forum recently endorsed four behavioral health quality measures. The measures address maximum hours of physical restraint use or …

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Medicare Further Expands Telehealth Access For Long-Term Care, Hospice & Home Health Benefits

On March 30, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced temporarily expanded access to telehealth services for …

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The Role Of Nurses In Reducing Stigma Associated With Mental Health Conditions

Nurses are uniquely qualified to educate and inform others, provide support, and take specific action to reduce stigmatizing practices and …

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Navigators Cut Emergency Visits & Hospitalization For High-Risk Health Care Consumers

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RFA Pre-Release Puts In Question Number Of North Carolina Tailored Behavioral Health Plans To Be Awarded

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Paid Sick Leave & Expanded Family Leave Due To COVID-19

FFCRA implements the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act. Both go into …

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Metrocare & North Texas Behavioral Health Authority Reach Contract Agreement Contract Following Rate Dispute

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act Signed With $3.47 Billion In Funding & New Mandates

On March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), House Resolution (HR) 6201 was signed into law, with …

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34 States Approved For Medicaid 1135 Waivers During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

On March 27, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it had approved requests from 34 states …

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Mayo Clinic Minnesota & Cleveland Clinic Earn Top Hospital Rankings

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Fighting Loneliness In Social Distancing: A Conversation With Dr. Gaurava Agarwal

Dr. Gaurava Agarwal discusses the effect of social distancing, including loneliness, which he breaks down into three categories. He also …

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Joint Commission Releases New Enhanced Addiction Standards For Behavioral Health

On March 12, 2020, the Joint Commission released eight new addiction treatment standards for accredited behavioral health organizations. The new …

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FTC Blocks Merger Between Philadelphia Hospitals To Prevent Consolidation In The Inpatient Rehabilitation Market

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HHS Begins Releasing $100 Billion CARES Act Funding To Provider Organizations For Relief Assistance & Treating The Uninsured

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Behavioral Health Spending Increased By 2.7% Per Year Between 1996 & 2016

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Mental Health & COVID-19: Managed Care Perspective

Jim Kenney discusses how managed care organizations are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, in both positive and challenging ways. How …

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Average U.S. Cost Per Inpatient Day In A Hospital Was $2,260 In 2018

The average adjusted cost per day of an inpatient hospital stay in state and local government community hospitals in the …

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Massachusetts Reaches Insurer Agreements To Settle Mental Health Parity Violations

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Humana Medicare Advantage Plans To Pay Providers To Address Social Determinants Of Health

On March 4, 2020, Humana announced it had launched a Medicare Advantage value-based program (VBP) focused on addressing member social …

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DEA Proposes Allowing Federally Certified Opioid Treatment Programs To Operate Mobile Units Without A Separate Registration

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently proposed revising its regulations for federally certified opioid treatment programs (OTPs) to allow the …

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Use Of Telemedicine & Technology In The Treatment Of Mental Health During The COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 crisis has increased the use of telemedicine to adapt to new social distancing guidelines. Transitioning to digital health …

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South Carolina Updating Qualified Provider Organization List For Community Beds For People At High Risk For Hospitalization

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VA Proposes Expanding The Program Of Comprehensive Assistance For Family Caregivers

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COVID-19 Could Raise Medicare Spending By As Much As $115 Billion Over Next Year

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Law Enforcement Using Electronic Health Data To Aid In Physician Investigations

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States Use Multiple Legal Authorities To Use Medicaid To Pay For Behavioral Health Treatment In IMDs

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CMS Denies New York’s Request For $8 Billion In Medicaid Waiver Funds To Continue The DSRIP

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CDC Issues Interim Workplace Safety Practices For Critical Infrastructure Workers Exposed To COVID-19

On April 8, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued interim workplace safety practices for critical infrastructure …

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California Launches Project Roomkey Initiative To Secure Hotel & Motel Rooms To Protect Homeless Individuals From COVID-19

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Federal 2021 Budget Proposal Includes Provisions To Expand Behavioral Health Services

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Oklahoma Submits State Plan Amendment Seeking To Expand Medicaid

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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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Michigan To Create A Statewide 24/7 Mental Health Hotline

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DOJ Finds Maine Violates ADA By Limiting Access To HCBS

The federal Department of Justice (DOJ) concluded Maine’s system of services for people with intellectual/developmental disability (I/DD) violates the Americans …

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Primary Care Physician Practices Needed A Median Of 8.2 Months To Report Electronic Clinical Quality Measures

Primary care physician (PCP) practices reporting on electronic clinical quality measures (eCQM) for an evidence-based cardiovascular care approach took a …

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Reentry Interventions Are More Successful When They Address Dynamic Risk Factors

Community reentry following incarceration is more likely to be successful if the reentry interventions address dynamic factors that affect the …

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New ADHD Clinical Guidelines Recommend Psychosocial Supports As Essential Treatment, In Addition To Medication

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Suicide Accounted For 31% Of Jail Deaths & 6% Of Prison Deaths In 2016

In 2016, suicide accounted for 30.7% of all deaths in local jails (333 of 1,071 deaths), and 6.2% of all …

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Almost 50% Of Hospitals Use Information Received Electronically From Outside Their Health System

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‘Built For Zero’ Has Rockford, Illinois On Track To End Homelessness By End Of 2020

The city of Rockford, Illinois is on track to end homelessness by the end of 2020 through its participation in …

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California DHCS Reorganizes Behavioral Health Functions

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BlueCross BlueShield & Value Network Partner To Start Behavioral Health Value-Based Payment In Western New York

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Consumers Struggle To Use Health Portals & Obtain Digital Records

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Michigan Ceases Enforcing Community Engagement Requirements On Medicaid Expansion Members

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25% Of Provider Organizations Have Revenue Tied To Value-Based Payments

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San Francisco Reports 16% Rise In Overdose Deaths Between 2017 & 2018

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Kentucky Medicaid Rebids Its MCO Contracts

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Veterans’ Long-Term Care Expenses Rose 33% From 2014 To 2018

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Private Equity Firms Acquired 355 Physician Practices From 2013 To 2016

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Denver Strategic Framework For Improving Behavioral Health Calls For Greater Use Of Data To Guide Policy

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Most Health Centers Use Telepsychiatry As An Adjunct To In-Person Care

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Out-Of-Network Primary Care Associated With Higher Medicare ACO Costs

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Well Being Trust Urges Changes To U.S. Behavioral Health Policy To Improve Assessment & Access To Care

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Impact Of COVID-19 On Mental Health Care: Perspectives From A Psychiatrist & Primary Care Provider On Access & Treatment

The COVID-19 pandemic will permanently change mental health treatment, agree Drs. Madhukar Trivedi and Sloan Manning, a psychiatrist and a …

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Telemedicine In The Treatment Of Substance Use Disorder: Clinical & Payer Implications

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Oregon Launches Family Connects Program To Improve Infant & Maternal Health

On February 13, 2020, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) launched Family Connects to offer universal home visiting services to all …

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Circuit Court Rebukes HHS Approval Of Medicaid Work Requirements

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Texas DFPS Adult Protective Services Caseworker Turnover Drops From 25% To 20%

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Number Of Nurse Practitioners Doubled Between 2010 & 2017

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Mental Health In The COVID-19 Era

The news about COVID-19 is relentless: an ever-escalating number of confirmed cases, portents of economic meltdown, ominous images of barren …

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A Snapshot Of Telemedicine In One State: Clinical & Payer Implications

Jane Guo, MBA, PharmD, is a Managed Market Liaison­, Northeastern Region, with Otsuka. Her career started in retail pharmacy. She …

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Deals In U.S. Health Care Service Sector Down 1.5% From 2018

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Behavioral Health Care M&A Volume Slowed 21% Between Third & Fourth Quarter Of 2019

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Sarpy County, Nebraska Planning New Jail With Space For Mental Health Resources

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14.6% Of Adult Emergency Department Visitors In 2016-2017 Were Prescribed Opioids At Discharge

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Colorado Proposes Bill To Reimburse Behavioral Health Peer Support Professionals

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California Prisons Roll Out Integrated Addiction Treatment Programs

On January 21, 2020, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) …

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Impact Of Novel Coronavirus Pandemic On Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t affecting physical health only; it has an impact on mental health as well. In this webinar, Paul …

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Integrating Behavioral Care At A Nurse-Led Clinic

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Oklahoma Announces SoonerCare 2.0 Medicaid Plan, An Alternative Medicaid Expansion

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Residential Care Will Need To Fill 1.2 Million Direct Care Jobs Over A Decade

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Los Angeles Launches Pilot Entrepreneurship Program For People With Housing Insecurity Or Homelessness

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Vigo County, Indiana To Build New 500-Bed Jail To Resolve Litigation About Overcrowding & Poor Conditions

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New York Excellus Blues Finds Behavioral Health Accounts For One-Third Of 2019 Telemedicine Claims

Behavioral health services delivered via telemedicine now account for nearly one-third of all telemedicine visits for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS), …

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Hospitals Spent $2.5 Billion On Social Determinant Programs From 2017 To 2019

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20% Of Emergency Departments Use Telepsychiatry, 59% Use Only Telepsychiatry For Emergency Services

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New Mexico Settles With Final Five Behavioral Health Organizations Over 2013 Medicaid Fraud Allegations

On December 4, 2019, the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) announced it had settled with the last five of …

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Telepsychiatry-Enabled Perinatal Integrated Care Improves Consumer Access & Engagement With Behavioral Health

The first-known telepsychiatry-enabled model of perinatal integrated care resulted in a 100% perinatal/postpartum depression screening rate, and a higher than …

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New Federal Coronavirus Bill Waives Medicare Telehealth Restrictions

Federal legislation signed into law on March 6, 2020 to address national preparation and response to 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) includes …

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Blue Cross NC Launches New Value-Based Payment Model For Behavioral Health

On January 1, 2020, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC), in collaboration with Quartet Health, …

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Assisted Living Administrator Salary Averaged $100,000 In 2019

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Arizona Medicaid & Health Plans Launch Initiative To Build Long-Term Care Workforce

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Texas HHS Expands Pilot Program To Provide Resources For Opioid Overdose Survivors

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EHR Vendor, Epic & 60 Health Systems Urge HHS To Modify Proposed Interoperability Rule

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Georgia Submits Medicaid Expansion Waiver With Mandatory 80-Hour Per Month Community Engagement Requirements

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16 States Allow Home Care Aides Only 40 Hours Per Week To Avoid Violating The DOL Home Care Rule

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Former Outcome Health Employees Charged In Alleged $1 Billion Fraud

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Substance Abuse, Mental Illness The Largest Predictors Of Frequent ED Use

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) OF 2010 was the largest expansion of health services in the United States in more …

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VA Proposes Rule For Faith-Based Organizations

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2% Of Eligible Clinical Professionals Participating In MIPS In 2018 Received A Negative Rate Adjustment

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Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotics (LAIs) Fact Sheet

 

This fact sheet provides an overview of long-acting injectable antipsychotics and the advantages/disadvantages associated with this treatment option.

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Can Early Intervention’s Effect On Lifetime Costs Of Serious Mental Illness Be Measured?

Serious mental illness (SMI) is a disabling condition—and because it develops early in life, it brings with it a lifetime …

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States Collectively Spend 17% Of Their Revenue On Medicaid, A 41% Increase In 17 Years

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Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare’s Integrated Model Cut Potentially Preventable Emergency Department & Inpatient Utilization By 18%

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Optimizing Clinical & Mental Health Provider Performance

Mental health providers may detect a small portion of their patients who experience increased symptom severity.1 Implementing symptom-rating scales to …

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PsychU National Forum: Future Of Technology & Mental Health

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Navajo Corporation Plans To Contract With Molina Healthcare For A New Mexico Medicaid Indian Managed-Health Care Entity

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BCBS Of Michigan & Seven Provider Networks Announce Plan To Share Health Care Financial Risk

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Georgetown Home Care Hospital Collaboration Program Reduces Readmissions by 44%

A pilot collaboration program between Georgetown Home Care (GHC) and Medstar Georgetown University Hospital reduced preventable readmissions by 44% among …

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87.8% Of Workers With Disabilities Had Health Insurance In 2017

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Indiana Medicaid To Reimburse For Short-Term IMD Services

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More Than A Third Of People Who Completed Abstinence-Based Addiction Treatment Remained Abstinent For Six Months

Six months after attending abstinence-based addiction treatment, 35.6% of more than 1,400 consumers reported that they had been abstinent for …

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PursueCare Launches Telehealth Addiction Treatment Programs For Rural Populations In Kentucky & West Virginia

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PsychU 360 Magazine

PsychU 360 – January 2020

Despite vast improvements in diagnosis and treatment over the last half-century, mental illness is underdiagnosed and …

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Leveraging Digital Technology For Better Mental Health Care

Despite vast improvements in diagnosis and treatment over the last half-century, mental illness is underdiagnosed and undertreated.
The reasons are many …

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The Health Plans Have It!

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Interacting With First Responders

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Key Findings From The 2019 PsychU National Forum: Future Of Technology & Mental Health

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Half Of U.S. Population Projected To Have Obesity By 2030

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FCC Unanimously Approves ‘988’ As National Suicide Prevention Hotline

On December 12, 2019, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously approved “988” as the official phone number for suicide …

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Challenges Evaluating Engagement In Mental Health Mobile Apps

Smartphones are nearly ubiquitous features of modern American life. Findings from a January 2018 Core Trends Survey from the Pew …

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Innovations In Mental Health Service Delivery & Implications For Providers

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Innovations In Mental Health Service Delivery & Implications For Providers

New technologies, changing reimbursements, and corporate consolidations are amongst the many drivers evolving the health care landscape.1 During this webinar …

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Health Spending Reached $11,172 Per Person In 2018

In 2018, U.S. health care spending grew 4.6%, reaching $11,172 per person and $3.6 trillion in total. Per person spending …

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Telepsychiatry: Implementation & Best Practices

Dr. Mehdi Qalbani discusses his experience providing telepsychiatry in the Information Age. Topics include regulatory concerns, practice guidelines, and web-side …

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Michigan Sued Over Planned Medicaid Work Requirements

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Tennessee Medicaid RFI For Managed Care Re-Procurement Closed; RFPs Likely in 2020

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BCBS To Launch National ‘High Performing’ Provider Organization Network In 2021

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North Carolina Suspends Transition To Medicaid Managed Care

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New York To Extend Medicaid Coverage To Incarcerated Individuals 30 Days Prior To Release

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Medicare Enrolling Opioid Treatment Programs For New Bundled Payment Program

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Absence of Major Depression & Substance Use Disorder More Likely After Recovery From Eating Disorder

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CMS Approves D.C. Medicaid Payment For IMD Services

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Health Plan Innovations In Population Health Management For Complex Consumers

Following-up to the 2019 Trends In Behavioral Health: A Population Health Manager’s Reference Guide On The U.S. Behavioral Health Financing …

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Health Plan Innovations In Population Health Management For Complex Consumers

Following-up to the 2019 Trends In Behavioral Health: A Population Health Manager’s Reference Guide On The U.S. Behavioral Health Financing …

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11.8% Poverty Rate In 2018, Down 0.5 Percentage Points

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Michigan Cancels Behavioral Health Integration Pilots

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Census Bureau Survey Undercounts Medicaid Beneficiaries

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8 Health Plans Earn Top NCQA Rating For 2019

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Are You Ready For M&A?

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Arizona Medicaid Adds Benefits For Non-Emergency Ridesharing

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Recovery After Initial Schizophrenic Episode – Early Treatment Program (RAISE-ETP) Interview With Dr. John Kane

John M. Kane provides commentary on the results of the Recovery After Initial Schizophrenic Episode – Early Treatment Program (RAISE-ETP) …

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Terence Ketter – What Does PsychU Mean To You?

During this interview, Terence Ketter explains what PsychU means to him and its impact on the mental health community.

Terence Ketter, …

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73 Million Americans With Commercial Health Insurance Live In Highly Concentrated Markets

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Emergency Medicine Physician Sues Kaiser Permanente Over Opioid-Related Consumer Satisfaction Scores

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Federal Court Ruling Clears The Way For Philadelphia Supervised Injection Site

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Medicare Beneficiaries In UHC Plans Who Saw High-Value Physicians Had 21% Lower Spending

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Sam’s Club Launches Health Care Pilot Program For Members

On September 26, 2019, Sam’s Club announced the launch of “Sam’s Club Care Accelerator Together with Humana,” a discount health …

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State Up-Front Costs To Administer Medicaid Work Requirements Range From $6 Million In Vermont To $271 Million In Arkansas

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The Age Of Priceline Health Care

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James T. Kenney – What Does PsychU Mean To You?

During this interview, James T. Kenney, explains what PsychU means to him and how it can impact patients and health …

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Sloan Manning – What Does PsychU Mean To You?

During this interview, Sloan Manning explains what PsychU means to him and how mental health professionals can collaborate with each …

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Why Guidelines Matter

OPEN MINDS last survey of health plans found a marked increase in the reported required use of professional guidelines – …

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91.5% Of U.S. Citizens Had Health Insurance Coverage In 2018

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Monica Oss – What Does PsychU Mean To You?

During this interview, Monica Oss explains what PsychU means to her and how mental health professionals can collaborate with each …

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René Kahn – What Does PsychU Mean To You?

During this interview, René Kahn explains what PsychU means to him and how psychiatrists can learn and interact with each …

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Madhukar Trivedi – What Does PsychU Mean To You?

During this interview, Madhukar Trivedi explains what PsychU means to him.

Madhukar Trivedi, MD, is the Major Depressive Disorder Section Advisor …

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What Are Health Plans Doing About Access?

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Federal Judge Rules Mississippi’s Mental Health System Discriminates Against People With Serious Mental Illness

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Blue Shield Of California & Lyft Roll Out ‘rideQ’ Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Platform

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Surinder Singh – What Does PsychU Mean To You?

During this interview, Surinder Singh explains what PsychU means to him and how mental health professionals can collaborate with each …

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Kaiser Reaches Tentative Agreement With Unions For Physical Health & Other Job Classes, But Not Union For California Behavioral Health Professionals

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Megan Ehret – What Does PsychU Mean To You?

During this interview, Megan Ehret explains what PsychU means to her and how mental health professionals can collaborate with each …

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Reza Moghadam – What Does PsychU Mean To You?

During this interview, Reza Moghadam explains what PsychU means to him and its impact on the mental health community.

Reza Moghadam, …

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Sleep In Behavioral Health

In this podcast, Sana Johnson-Quijada, MD, highlights the importance of sleep in overall behavioral health and discusses goals for better …

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Marla Moses – What Does PsychU Mean To You?

During this interview, Marla Moses explains what PsychU means to her and how it impacts patients and health care professionals.

Marla …

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Transforming Your Management Team: Cultivating Women Leadership

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Three Keys For Building The Next Generation Of Leaders

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How Many Strategies Actually Get Implemented?

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Lean Into Mindfulness

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New Medicare, Medicaid & CHIP Fraud Prevention Rule Will Penalize For Prior Affiliations With Banned Provider Organizations & Individuals

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One-Third Of Physicians Fail To Identify Consumer Chronic Condition Priorities

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Average Age-Adjusted Death Rates Vary Widely By State

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Making Innovation Work—Think Past, Present, Future

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It Takes Courage

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U.S. Social Service Expenditures On Par With Other OECD Countries

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Meet The Treatment Team: Physician Assistant

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How To Avoid Digital Culture Shock

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CMS Requiring Star Ratings Displayed For Health Plans Sold On 2020 Health Exchanges

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SAMHSA Proposes Changes To Addiction Treatment Privacy Rules

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Individuals With Two-Year Medical Coverage Gap Twice As Likely To File Bankruptcy

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35% Of People With Chronic Illnesses Struggle To Pay Bills

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Medicare Part D Out-Of-Pocket Maximum Set To Increase By 25% In 2020

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SNF Nurse Practitioner-Led Medication Reconciliation Reduces Hospital Readmissions By 29.7%

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Nevada Submits Medicaid State Plan Amendment To Transition CCBHC Funding To Traditional Medicaid

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Medicare Fee-For-Service Spending For Primary Care Ranges From 2% To 5%

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California Medicaid To Pay For Trauma Screenings Beginning January 1, 2020

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Managing Your Team To ‘Tech Savvy’

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Building A Trauma-Informed Network—One Health Plan’s Approach

The effects of trauma have been in the headlines too much over the past few weeks. Most recently, trauma from …

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U.S. Spends 5% To 7% Of Total Health Care Spending On Primary Care

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Addiction By The Numbers

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States’ Programs To Offset Long-Term Care Costs Need To Address Direct Care Workforce Issues

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Current Insights Into Population Health Management Value-Based Models In Managing High Risk – High Cost Patients

In this webinar, Monica Oss, M.S., and Paul Duck from OPEN MINDS discuss the current state of population health in the United …

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Pennsylvania Executive Order Issued Focused On Reduction Of Institutional Care

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Missouri Medicaid To Continue Prospective Payments To 15 CCBHOs

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How Do You Measure Access?

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Preventing Suicide in the Clinical Setting: Reasons for Hope

Worldwide, nearly 800,000 people die of suicide each year.1 In this webinar, effective suicide prevention strategies, such as placing a …

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Private Practices Less Likely To Invest In EHR Technology

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Connecticut Mental Health Parity Law Opens Access For Medications To Treat Addiction

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Nursing Home Citations For Physical, Mental & Sexual Abuse Doubled From 2013-2017

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40 States & D.C. Have Expanded Telemedicine Coverage Or Reimbursement Since 2017

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Federal Appeals Court Reinstates ‘Patient Dumping’ Lawsuits By Nursing Home Residents

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Indiana Launches Medicaid Work Requirements

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Ready To Collect More Cash?

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Under Kentucky Medicaid Work Requirements, About 15% Of Non-Exempt Beneficiaries Would Fail To Meet Criteria

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The Growing Push For Medicaid ACOs

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CMS To No Longer Exclude Medicare ACOs From BPCI Advanced Savings

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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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Behavioral Health HEDIS® Measures: An Annual Update From NCQA

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Nevada Passes Justice Reinvestment Bill To Address Behavioral Health Needs & Reduce Recidivism

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Are You A Change Agent Leader? Take The Test

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When Is Medicaid Expansion Not Expansion?

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New Jersey Limits Solitary Confinement In Prisons

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The Complexity Challenge Keeping You Up At Night? Former Execs Advise. . .

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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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20% Of Medicare Emergency Department Claims For SNF Residents Indicate Potential Abuse Or Neglect

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Kentucky Expands Medicaid Addiction Treatment Benefits

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Supreme Court Rules Against CMS In Medicare DSH Payment Case

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Virginia Legislative Audit Recommends More Time To Effectively Deploy STEP-VA Mental Health Initiative

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72% Of Health Care Executives Believe Their Organizations Have Capabilities To Support Increased Risk & Are Planning To Take On Additional Risk

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Presidential Order Requires Price Transparency For Hospital Services & Out-Of-Pocket Costs

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PsychU Supporters: An Interview With Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC)

We invite you to listen to our interview with James McCreath, Ph.D., LCSW, VP of Behavioral Health and Psychiatry at …

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Tackling Health Care Workforce Challenges In The United States: Trends In NP Utilization In Primary Care

Background & Purpose
There are continuing challenges in both the primary care and mental health workforce that bar individuals from receiving …

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Nebraska Medicaid Demonstration To Allow Addiction Treatment In IMDs For More Than 15 Days

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Michigan DHHS Announces Delay In Pilot Of Integrated Physical Health Services & Specialty Behavioral Health Services

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Adjust Your Strategic Sails!

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Walmart Selects Covera Health As National Radiology Centers of Excellence

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Nursing Home Prices Rose Faster Than The Medical Inflation Rate, With The Lowest Rate In Texas

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Is ‘Harm Reduction’ On Your Radar?

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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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Virginia Approves $7 Million Contract With G4S For Alternative Transportation For Crisis Mental Health

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Consumers Participating In Medicare Bundled Payment Programs Report Positive Perceptions Of Care Quality

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Ohio Medicaid RFI Seeks Public Comment In Advance Of Next MCO Procurement

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New Federal Rule Allows Employers To Set Up Pre-Tax Health Care Accounts For Premiums & Out-Of-Pocket Costs

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New Orleans To Renew Wellpath Contract For Jail Health Care

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2019 Trends In Behavioral Health: A Population Health Manager’s Reference Guide On The U.S. Behavioral Health Financing & Delivery System, 2nd Edition

The Second Edition of Trends in Behavioral Health: A Population Health Manager’s Reference Guide on the U.S. Behavioral Health Financing …

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Data & Decision Support For Suicide Assessment

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VA Expands Private Provider Options For Veterans Under MISSION Act

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95% Of U.S. Prescriptions Handled By Six Prescription Benefit Management Organizations

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NAATP Releases Addiction Treatment Quality Assurance Resources

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Implementing Measurement-Based Care—From Idea To Action

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CMS Approves Ohio Medicaid Waiver To Add Work & Community Engagement Requirements

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North Carolina DHHS Failed To Monitor LME-MCO Performance

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Psychiatrists Accepting Medicaid Declined From 48% To 35% Following Medicaid Expansion

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Billing-Related Administrative Expenses In U.S. Health Care System At 8.3% Of Spending

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What’s In A Name? Self-Determination, Self-Direction, Self-Advocacy

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Do You Have A SDH Screening Tool?

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Colorado Awards 7 Regional Behavioral Health Crisis Services Contracts To 4 Organizations

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Use Of Digital Health Activity Trackers Linked To Better Medication Adherence

People who use digital health activity trackers tend to be more adherent in taking medications prescribed for chronic health conditions. …

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Telepsychiatry Improves Access To Mental Health Care In Rural Areas

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CMS Final Rule Codifies Existing Policy On Step Therapy For Part D Protected Drug Classes

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28 Health Systems Participating In Medicaid Behavioral Health Transformation Project

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Utah Implements Limited Medicaid Expansion Plan

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States File Suit Over HHS Rule Prohibiting Medicaid Direct Payments For Benefits On Behalf Of Individual Home Care Workers

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Integration Strategies For The Complex Consumer Market

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American Addiction Centers Sues NAATP Over Ban On Buying Google Ads

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CMS Approvals Of Medicaid Waivers Lack Consistency & Transparency

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U.S. Physician Shortage May Rise To 12.8% By 2032

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71% Of People In North Carolina SMI Housing Program Remain Housed After Two Years