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

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

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

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

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The Alphabet Soup Of Integrated Care

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

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

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States Expand Access To Medicaid Behavioral Health Services

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

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The 8 Million Virtual Behavioral Health Visits

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

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CMS Says State Medicaid Programs Can Cover Audio-Only Telehealth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Iowa Mental Health Funding Shifts From County To State

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Behavioral Health Referrals In The Time Of COVID

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

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Still A Ways To Go

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Role Of The Pharmacist In Managing Patients With Opioid Use Disorders (OUD): Focus On Stigma

In this interview, Bethany DiPaula, PharmD, BCPP, FASHP addresses the issue of stigmatization of patients with OUD, steps pharmacists can …

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Illinois Medicaid Expands Access To Long-Acting Injectable Medications

Illinois Medicaid Expands Access To Long-Acting Injectable Medications

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

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First Episode Psychosis: Focus On US Hispanic Population

This presentation will review concepts of First Episode Psychosis (FEP) and Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) while focusing on the cultural …

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

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

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

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

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Shared Decision Making & Patient Empowerment In The Digital Age: A Conversation Between A Clinician & Patient Advocate Part 2: Patient Engagement Through Technology (2-Part Series)

Digital health technology can be used in a variety of ways to empower patients. Shared decision making is one patient …

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

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

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

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

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Psychiatric Advance Directive – Part 4: The Logistic “Nuts-And-Bolts”

This is an on-demand web interview (video) of a four-part series on Psychiatric Advance Directives (PAD) discussing logistics of putting …

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

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

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

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

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Viruses, Vaccines, & Long-Term Consequences: Panel Perspectives

SARS-CoV-2 has impacted our health, wealth, and lives on a global scale, the extent to which will not be fully …

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Psychiatric Advance Directive – Part 3: A Deep Dive

This is an on-demand web interview (video) of a four-part series on Psychiatric Advance Directives (PAD). Audience members are strongly …

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

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

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

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

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ADHD Interview With Dr. Newcorn: Part 2

It is estimated that ~6 million children have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the US with …

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ADHD Interview With Dr. Newcorn: Part 1

It is estimated that ~6 million children have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the US with …

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Pearls For Practice: Veterans’ Mental Health

November 11th is Veterans’ Day in America. This month, Sara and Tony will discuss various issues surrounding veterans and their …

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Viruses, Vaccines, & Long-Term Consequences: An Update On SARS-CoV-2

SARS-CoV-2 has impacted our health, wealth, and lives on a global scale, the extent to which will not be fully …

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

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

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Innovations Stemming The Rising Tide Of Substance Use Disorders

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

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

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

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Missouri Department Of Social Services Begins Processing Enrollment For MO HealthNet Medicaid Expansion Population

The Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) began processing applications from the Medicaid expansion population of low-income, non-disabled adults ages …

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Making Integration Work – Think Change Management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Missouri Passes Reforms To Benefit & Assist Juvenile Inmates

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

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Integrated Treatment For Heart Failure & Depression Improves Quality Of Life

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

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Decriminalizing Mental Illness

U.S. correctional institutions, local courts, and police officers frequently encounter people with untreated mental health disorders. Once incarcerated, individuals with …

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

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

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Managing The 5%

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

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

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

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

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

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Illinois Enacts Medicaid Mental Health Network Adequacy Law

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

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Rhode Island To Pilot Safe Injection Sites

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

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

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

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

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

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Average Signing Bonus For Psychiatrists Is $33,000

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

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

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

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Managing Long Haul Burnout

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

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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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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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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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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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California Now Requires Health Plans To Base Medical Necessity & Utilization Review For Behavioral Health Services On ‘Generally Accepted Standards Of Care’

A new California law to strengthen mental health and addiction parity in the state requires health plans to base their …

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Connecticut, New Mexico, New York & Virginia Legalized Recreational Use Of Marijuana In 2021

During their 2021 state legislative sessions, Connecticut, New Mexico, New York, and Virginia legalized recreational adult use of marijuana and …

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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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Behavioral Health Network Adequacy Analysis Rate Is Lower Among Regional Health Plans Than National Plans

Regional health plans and behavioral health management organizations (BHMO) are least likely to regularly analyze their provider organization networks to …

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22 States Changed Laws Or Policies During The COVID-19 Emergency To Require More Robust Insurance Coverage Of Telemedicine

During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency 22 states changed laws or policies to require more robust insurance …

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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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Kansas Establishes Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics

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

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Behavioral Health Prevalence Up 50% & Claims Drop By 8%

The number of individuals with behavioral health needs in 2020 and 2021 was about 50% higher compared to 2019, before …

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Tarrant County, Texas To Create A Mental Health Jail Diversion Center

On May 11, 2021, the Tarrant County, Texas Commissioners Court voted to create a mental health jail diversion center (MHJDC) …

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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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Maryland & North Carolina Implementing New Laws To Permit Pharmacists To Administer Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotics

During their 2021 legislative sessions, both Maryland and North Carolina enacted bills to allow pharmacists to administer long-acting injectable (LAI) …

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58% Of Americans Cite Cost & In-Network Status As Important Factors In Behavioral Health Provider Selection

A total of 58% of Americans say the cost of the provider organization, and whether a provider organization is in …

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The Number Of U.S. Behavioral Health Service Locations Increased 34% Over The Past Decade

Between 2011 and 2019, the number of “specialty behavioral health establishments,” defined as mental health and/or addiction treatment service locations. …

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Baltimore To Pilot 911 Diversion Program For Mental Health Crisis

In June 2021, the City of Baltimore will launch a pilot 911 diversion program for mental health crisis calls for …

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Pearls For Practice: Recognizing & Celebrating Pride Month

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersexed (LGBTQI*) people represents a diverse range of identities and expressions of gender and …

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63% Of People With Schizophrenia Take Medications Raising Risk Of Cognitive Impairment

About 63% of people with schizophrenia take medications with anticholinergic properties associated with cognitive impairment. Anticholinergics are substances that block …

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Washington State To Launch Prison Alternatives For Non-Violent Felony Offenders With Serious Mental Illness

The Washington Department of Corrections is launching alternatives to prison for felony offenders diagnosed with serious mental illness (SMI) under …

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National Surveys Reveal Disconnect Between Employees & Employers Around Mental Health Need

Two national surveys reveal a disconnect between employees and employers regarding mental health need. Overall, 65% of employers report that …

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Homeless Consumers With Chronic Mental Illness Have 32% Higher Health Costs Than Those Supportive Housing

In Maricopa County, Arizona, individuals with chronic mental illness (CMI) who experienced chronic homelessness have a 32% higher average health …

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What Role Can LAIs Play In Early-Phase Schizophrenia?

Understand the holistic causes of relapse, including thinking and acting long-term, emotional challenges, and adherence and review possible ways to …

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Keeping Your “High Performers” From Burnout

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

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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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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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Recovery-Oriented Perspective & Approach (ROPA) To Behavioral Health Care: A Discussion Among A Clinician & A Peer Specialist On Acknowledgment & Addressing Of Recovery Challenges

Hear from Alison A. Carroll, LCSW-R and Dwayne Mayes, MS address questions from their webinar series on Recovery-Oriented Perspective and …

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Recovery-Oriented Perspective & Approach (ROPA) To Behavioral Health Care: A Discussion Among A Clinician & A Peer Specialist On Inclusive Recovery

Hear from Alison A. Carroll, LCSW-R and Dwayne Mayes, MS, address questions from their webinar series on Recovery-Oriented Perspective and …

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Focus On Primary Care: Adverse Childhood Events & Trauma Informed Care

Phillip Lai, Pharm.D., BCPP interviews PsychU’ PCP Corner Section Advisors, Brendan Montano, MD and W. Clay Jackson, MD on the …

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Decreases In Local Psychiatric Bed Capacity May Be Associated With Subsequent Increases In Local Jail Populations

Decreases in local psychiatric bed capacity in the United States appear to be associated with subsequent increases in local jail …

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Mental Wellness Across The Lifespan Series: Older Adult Infographic

In the United States, millions of Americans are affected by mental illness. The month of May has been designated as National Mental Health Awareness Month. PsychU joins the national …

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Psychotherapies For Mood Disorders & Schizophrenia

In the last decades, psychotherapy has gained increasing acceptance as a major treatment option for mood disorders and schizophrenia. This …

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Mental Wellness Across The Lifespan: Dr. Mojgan Makki On Sleep In Children With Impulse Control And/Or Conduct Disorders

In this interview, Dr. Mojgan Makki, MD, DFAACAP talks with Dr. Jacquelyn Canning about the importance of sleep in children …

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Mental Wellness Across The Lifespan: Dr. Mojgan Makki On Accessing Care In Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Listen in as Mojgan Makki, MD, DFAACAP provides thoughts on accessing care for families in need of child and adolescent …

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Mental Wellness Across The Lifespan: An Interview With Jennifer Rothman, Senior Manager, Youth & Young Adult Initiatives, NAMI

In the United States, millions of Americans are affected by mental illness.  The month of May has been designated as National Mental Health …

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Does More Anxiety & Depression = More Consumers & Revenue?

The fact that the pandemic has increased the prevalence of mental health disorders and substance abuse has been widely reported. …

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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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Oklahoma Law Limits Use Of Antipsychotic Drugs In Assisted Living Communities

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

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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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Mental Health In Children: Statistics & Supporting Organizations

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Webinar Summary – Mental Health Journey: Voices From Individuals With Lived Experience On Self-Disclosure, Recovery, & Hope

This summary was developed utilizing the full recorded presentation of this webinar. You can access the full sourcing, polling results, …

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Perspectives On International Guidelines For Depression: Follow-Up Question & Answer Discussion With Dr. Sagar Parikh

In April, PsychU brought you our first global panel event focusing on perspectives surrounding international depression guidelines.  As a follow-up …

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Digital Is Hot & Mental Health Is Hotter

“In a few years, we won’t really be talking about digital health as its own thing. I think digital will …

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Consumers Can Now Get Mental Health Services At CVS. Where?

As usual, a lot has been happening in the care of consumers with chronic and complex conditions.
Despite the pause on …

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A Recovery-Oriented Perspective & Approach To Behavioral Health Care: A Discussion Among A Peer & A Clinical Provider On Treatment Decision Making

From the Part II of the webinar on “A Recovery-Oriented Perspective and Approach to Behavioral Health Care”, hear from Alison …

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Helping Friends Understand Your Mental Health Condition

This interview, developed by Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), with Linea Johnson, highlights Ms. Johnson’s lived experience with friends …

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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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Transforming Care Delivery: Implementing Integrated Behavioral Health Care In The Real World

In October 2020, nine key thought leaders representing disparate sectors of the health care system—from advocacy, primary care, criminal justice, …

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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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Denver STAR Program Reduces Police Calls for Service By Nearly 1%

The city of Denver Colorado has reported that the first six months of the city’s Support Team Assisted Response (STAR) …

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

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

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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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Depressive Symptoms Associated With Cardiovascular Disease Risk

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

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

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Mental Health System Transformation: From Ideas To Action

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Transforming Mental Health Care in the United States-RAND 1/11/2021 Mental Health Systems Solutions Explorer

Through a series of interviews of mental health experts across the US, including government officials, public administrators, health system executives, …

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

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

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Psychiatry Perspectives On Patient Care In A Post-Pandemic World (Part 2 Of 2-Part Series)

The novel coronavirus pandemic has had a substantial impact on mental health, as well as on its treatment. In the second part of a two-part webinar series on psychiatry perspectives in a post-pandemic world, Richard Weisler, MD, and Allan Chrisman, MD, build upon the dialogue of the pandemic’s impact on health care providers and first responders discussed in “Psychiatry Perspectives On COVID-19: Impact On Health Care Providers & First Responders And A Path Forward (Series 1 of 2)” and shift the focus to discuss the ways in which COVID-19 has affected individuals’ mental health and well-being. They also discuss new innovations and technological approaches to psychiatric patient care and identify effective treatment methods. Moderated by Phillip Lai, PharmD, BCPP, this webinar closes with Drs. Chrisman and Weisler charting a path forward out of the more lingering effects of COVID-19.

Featuring:

Allan Chrisman, MD
Associate Professor Emeritus, Duke University School of Medicine

Richard Weisler, MD
Psychiatrist, Richard H. Weisler, MD & Associates; Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine; Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center

Phillip Lai, PharmD, BCPP
Medical Science Liaison, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.

 

 

Allan Chrisman, MD, is an Associate Professor Emeritus at Duke University School of Medicine. During his 40 years of practice in general, adult, and child psychiatry, he worked on inpatient, residential, and outpatient settings. He practiced for nearly 14 years at Harvard Community Health Plan (a health maintenance organization [HMO]), where he was a consultant to pediatric and internal medicine practices. Since retiring, he has pursued his interest in disaster mental health as an American Red Cross Disaster Health Services & Disaster Mental Health Volunteer. Dr. Chrisman received his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine.

Richard Weisler, MD, has had a psychiatric practice since 1980 where he and his team follow more than 2,000 patients with a mixture of psychiatric disorders. He is an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine, where he has served for many years as Chairman of the Board of Visitors for the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Weisler also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. He received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology.

Phillip Lai, PharmD, BCPP, is a Medical Science Liaison with Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.

PsychU is supported by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. (OPDC), Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. (OAPI), and Lundbeck, LLC – committed supporters of the mental health treatment community. The opinions expressed by PsychU’s contributors are their own and are not endorsed or recommended by PsychU or its sponsors. The information provided through PsychU is intended for the educational benefit of mental health care professionals and others who support mental health care. It is not intended as, nor is it a substitute for, medical care, advice, or professional diagnosis. Health care professionals should use their independent medical judgement when reviewing PsychU’s educational resources. Users seeking medical advice should consult with a health care professional. No CME or CEU credits are available through any of the resources provided by PsychU. Some of the contributors may be paid consultants for OPDC, OAPI, and / or Lundbeck, LLC.

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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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Best Practice Spotlight: Psychiatric Long-Acting Injectable Clinic

The following is a summary of Moses, Danielle and Lucido, Antonio; Best Practice Spotlight: Psychiatric Long-Acting Injectable Clinic, Missouri Society …

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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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The Road To Recovery: Improving Patient Functioning Through Exercise

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Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing is a counseling style intended to strengthen reasons for behavioral change by eliciting a client’s motivations for change …

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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

In this presentation, Dr. Mona Sobhani, PhD, Director of Research and Operations
USC Center for Body Computing, Los Angeles, California, discusses …

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2020 BIPOC Mental Health Month Toolkit

Each July, Mental Health America (MHA) aims to shed light on the multitude of mental health experiences of Black, Indigenous, …

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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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U.N. Warns Of Global Mental Health Crisis Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

On May 13, 2020, the United Nations (UN) issued a warning that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic could create …

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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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Microsoft Launches Health Care Cloud Service

On May 19, 2020, Microsoft announced that it has launched a “health care cloud service” called Micorsoft Cloud for Healthcare. …

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

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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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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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Role Of Pharmacogenetics Testing In Psychiatry

Joseph Goldberg, MD, and Lisa Goldstone, PharmD, MS, discuss the benefits and limitations of pharmacogenetics testing on current psychiatric practice …

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29% Of Americans Delay Or Avoid Medical Care Due To COVID-19 Concerns

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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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New York Behavioral Health Provider Organizations Offer 82% Of Programs Via Telehealth During COVID-19

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Psych Hub Launches COVID-19 Mental Health Resources With Industry, Government & Advocacy Groups

On April 7, 2020, Psych Hub launched the free COVID-19 Mental Health Resource Hub, which includes written, visual, and video …

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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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Veterans Health Administration Invests In Veterans By Investing In Integration

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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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The Important Role Of Community Pharmacist In COVID-19 Testing

In this interview, Dr. Steven Chen, PharmD, FASHP, FCSHP, FNAP discusses how community pharmacists can play a major role in …

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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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Impact Of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) On Mental Health Of Children

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on children across the nation due to school closures and other factors. Many …

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Kansas DOC Awards Two-Year Prison Health Care Contract To Centene

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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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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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The Importance Of First Episode Psychosis Programs

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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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The Global Pulse Of eMental Health Trends In Resource-Strapped Locales

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The Jail/Prison System & Mental Health: A Discussion On The Stigma & Challenges Faced On Re-Entry To Society

Many individuals incarcerated have a serious mental illness; indeed, there are more mentally ill people in the jail/prison system than …

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Review Of Louisiana’s Prison Pilot Pre-Release Reentry Program Recommends Statewide Expansion

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14% Of U.S. Households Have Accessed Mental Health Care To Address Problems Related To COVID-19 Pandemic

About 14% of households in the United States have had an immediate family member access mental health care to address …

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CMS Issues SNF Policy Changes For FY 2021; Projects Aggregate Payments To SNFs Will Rise By 2.3%

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Pharmacist-Led Medication Adherence Program Raised Adherence Rates & Medicare Advantage Quality Star Ratings

A medication therapy management (MTM) program led by pharmacists raised consumer adherence rates for three drug classes by five to …

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The Pharmacist’s Perspective During The Pandemic

In this presentation, Dr. Timothy Aungst, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, …

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Hormones & Depression: What We Know & What Is On The Horizon

It is an exciting time for the field of psychiatry and general neuroscience. In the past few decades, there has …

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National COVID-19 Death Statistics Show Racial Impact Disparity

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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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The Effect Of A National Pandemic On The Patient With Bipolar Disorder

Join Dr. Joseph Goldberg and Dr. Terence Ketter for a wide-ranging discussion with Dri Wang, PharmD, a Senior Medical Science …

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Pharmacists Authorized To Test For COVID-19

New Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) guidelines, announced April 8, 2020, authorize licensed pharmacists to order and administer …

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

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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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Perspectives From The COVID-19 US Epicenter With Dr. René Kahn, Schizophrenia Section Advisor

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35% Of Younger Health Care Professionals Overwhelmed By Consumer Health Data

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Stigma In Borderline Personality Disorder & Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Compared With Bipolar Disorder

Internalized stigma is a significant problem for many with mental illness. It wears at self-esteem, tears at self-confidence. It is …

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12-Step Models Yield Higher Alcohol Abstinence Rates Than Evidence-Based Psychotherapies

Twelve-step facilitation counseling (TSF) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) interventions that are “manualized” to deliver standardized content in a modular fashion …

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PsychU: Perspectives & Evolution

Listen in as Jon Grant, MD, JD, shares his thoughts with Rachel Self, PhD, MS, about PsychU and its particular …

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Mental Health Education Roundtable: A Collaborative Discussion Among A Parent, Advocate & Educator

In July 2018, the state of New York became the first to require mental health instruction for all students, grades …

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Overcoming Stigma In Mental Health

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The Negative Psychological Effects Of Quarantining & How To Mitigate Them

Quarantine measures due to the COVID-19 outbreak are sweeping the globe. With widespread mandates in effect to shelter in place, …

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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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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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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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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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Balancing Act: Preventing Burnout For Health Care Professionals During The Coronavirus Pandemic & Times Of Crisis

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Access To Psychiatric Medications During Times Of Natural Disasters & Pandemics

In a conversation with pharmacist Dr. Megan Ehret, Dr. Samantha Sweeney gathers insights on how pharmacists can best prepare for …

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Meeting The Treatment Team Transitioning From Primary Care To Psychiatry

When primary care providers recommend mental health treatment, patients can feel apprehensive and flustered. Health care providers are asked questions …

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A Picture Of Opioid Use & Dependence Worldwide

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HHS Awards $1.3 Billion To Health Centers For COVID-19 Response, Can Be Used For Telehealth

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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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Spry Health Launches Loop Signal Remote Monitoring Service To Reduce Avoidable Emergency Department Visits By People At-Risk, Confirmed, Or Suspected For COVID-19

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Personal Health Records: Benefits & Barriers

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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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Substance Use & The Novel Coronavirus Pandemic: A Conversation With The Experts

The COVID-19 crisis may be having a profound impact on the mental health of individuals worldwide. For those living with …

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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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Perspectives Of A Caregiver: Suicide & Safety Questions

This podcast highlights Kathy Day’s experience as a caregiver to her relative with mental illness. Ms. Day answers questions relating …

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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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