Welcome to PsychU!

Culturally-Sensitive Assessments Of Trauma

May is National Trauma Awareness Month and culturally-sensitive assessments of trauma is essential in providing proper support, validation and culturally informed care. In this recording, Dr. Sierra Carter discusses trauma… Read More

Planning For 988

Widespread concerns about suicide led to the passage of the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act in 2020, which will make “988” the nationwide suicide prevention hotline to support suicide and… Read More

Peer Support – The Next Generation

There are a number of new developments in the use of peer services spurring provider organization innovations. California is establishing a new peer support specialist certification program under Medi-Cal. And… Read More

The Homelessness Imperative

Earlier this month, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new initiative focused on addressing the housing insecure population with mental illness and substance use disorder. But the focus of the… Read More

Getting Ahead Of The ILOS Opportunity

Last week, we wrote about the opportunities in addressing social support needs through non-traditional service models in “Leveraging “Social” In Health Plan Partnerships.” Part of this trend is the growing… Read More

Treatment Transformation Ahead

Greetings from lovely Clearwater Beach, Florida and the mhca winter conference. It’s been an interesting few days with lots of discussion with behavioral health organization executives from across the country.… Read More

Emergency Weary? Emergency Ready?

“If you stay ready you don’t have to get ready.” – Will Smith Does it seem that over the past few years there are just more “emergencies?” Front and center… Read More

Legislative Changes To Colorado Medicaid Rules

Provisions included in Colorado House Bill 21-1275, now require Colorado Medicaid (Health First Colorado) to allow pharmacy benefit reimbursement for long-acting injectable medications used for the treatment of serious mental… Read More

Depression Stigma Drops For First Time In U.S.

A recent survey found the first evidence of significant decreases in public stigma toward depression in the U.S. Between 1996 and 2018, respondents reported increasing beliefs that mental health problems… Read More

The “Ideal” Health Home?

As we look ahead to 2022–with more integration and more value-based care, the question is how do specialty provider organizations “fit” in an evolving service delivery and financing landscape. We’ll… Read More

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. For consumers with schizophrenia, only 14.3% received care that could… Read More

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 satisfaction, and deliver more value to payers. But how? We’ve talked about… Read More

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 of this year. Much of that investment is focused on… Read More

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 pilot program will establish “harm reduction centers” to prevent drug… Read More

Managing Long Haul Burnout

In the midst of the current wave of COVID cases from the delta variant, there are many questions. Will the variant—and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) full approval of… Read More

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 specialty care and whether they provide digital, in-person, or hybrid… Read More

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 be LGBTQIA+ identified. This infographic resource provides information around who… Read More

The Integrated Care Opportunity

The future for specialty provider organizations will involve participating in “whole person care” in some form or fashion. Payer interest in “integrated care coordination” remains strong—with data showing these models… Read More

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 learning, neuro-linguistic programming therapy, and blockchain: What have they done… Read More

Too Much Health Care?

The volume of health care services is down. Since the start of the pandemic, in many states, non-emergency health care services other than virtual care have not been available to… Read More

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, higher rates, less administrative costs, standardized performance measurement, and sharing… Read More

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 to make the “crisis normal” work and pivot to a… Read More

Almost Half Of ACOs Led By Physicians In 2018

Physician-led accountable care organizations (ACOs) represented approximately 45% of all ACOs (about 549 of 1,221 total ACOs included in the study), as of December 2018. During this year, hospital-led ACOs… Read More

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 the importance of privacy and security of health information,… Read More

Kentucky Medicaid Rebids Its MCO Contracts

The Kentucky Medicaid program is rebidding its managed care organization (MCO) contracts to have them in place for a January 1, 2021 start date. The contracts will run through December… Read More

COVID-19 Resource & Information Guide

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Offers These Tips For People With Mental Illness: For anyone who is unsure about attending therapy sessions outside the home, especially those who… Read More

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 public spaces. Most people find it stressful to be surrounded… Read More

VA Proposes Rule For Faith-Based Organizations

On Jan. 17, 2020, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposed a rule that will ease compliance requirements for faith-based organization social service contractors. Currently, faith-based organization contractors are required… Read More

PsychU 360 Magazine

PsychU 360 – January 2020 Despite vast improvements in diagnosis and treatment over the last half-century, mental illness is underdiagnosed and undertreated. The reasons are many and varied. Among them:… Read More

The Health Plans Have It!

During the last decade, the number of states that have moved to include behavioral health in their Medicaid health plan contracts has almost doubled. In 2011, only 15 (25%) states… Read More

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 manner when working remotely. Mehdi Qalbani, MD, MSPH, is the… Read More

Indiana Launches Medicaid Work Requirements

On July 1, 2019, Indiana Medicaid launched Gateway to Work, which requires adult, non-disabled beneficiaries enrolled in the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP 2.0) to report work hours or other community… Read More

The Growing Push For Medicaid ACOs

Since the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), accountable care organizations have grown in popularity, with 17.2 million beneficiaries in commercial ACOs and 14.6 million in… Read More

When Is Medicaid Expansion Not Expansion?

Last year, PsychU reported that voters in three states—Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah—passed ballot initiatives to fully expand Medicaid to individuals up to 138% of the federal poverty level (see Voters… Read More

Tennessee To Seek Medicaid Block Grant

On May 24, 2019, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed legislation directing the state’s Division of Finance and Administration (DFA) to request federal approval to transition the Medicaid program to a… Read More

Opioid Clarity?

The number of deaths due to opioids has shown no signs of diminishing—drug overdose deaths involving prescription opioids rose from 3,442 in 1999 to 17,029 in 2017 (see National Rate… Read More

Overcoming The Virtual Health Paradox

The headlines tell us that telehealth (or digital health or virtual health, or whatever you call it) is going to remake health and human service delivery—Virtual Mental Health Delivery Systems… Read More

Is There Value In Staffing Ratios?

Where do mandated staffing ratios fit in value-based care? Do lower staffing ratios for clinical professionals improve the quality of care? The data isn’t clear about the benefits of lower… Read More

Managing The New Medicaid Work Requirements

Over the past couple of months there has been lots of news—and lots of speculation—related to Medicaid work requirements (often referred to as community engagement). But figuring out what the… Read More

Missouri Launches Justice Reinvestment Initiative

In November 2018, the State of Missouri started implementation of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative – an initiative with the primary purpose of reducing recidivism and incarceration rates. The initiative was enacted in… Read More

CVS Health Completes Aetna Acquisition

On November 28, 2018, CVS Health announced that it completed its $69 billion acquisition of the health insurer Aetna. However, final legal approvals are still pending, and may not be… Read More

How Many Shelter Beds Are Enough?

In your community, how many shelter beds are needed for the homeless population? That question has taken on new significance in light of a recent legal decision. In September, a… Read More

Virginia Implements Medicaid Expansion On November 1

On November 1, 2018, the Commonwealth of Virginia began accepting applications from Virginia adults newly eligible for health coverage under Medicaid expansion. Eligible adults will begin receiving services starting January… Read More

The Beginning Of The End Of Parity

You may have missed the announcement, since there has been so much coverage of immigration policy in the past week; but on Tuesday, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced new and… Read More

Charity Care In The News Again

The question of whether tax-exempt non-profit health care organizations provide enough “community benefit” just got more talking points. Last month, the California Office of the Attorney General (OAG) ruled that… Read More