President establishes commission to review federal response to opioid crisis

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President Trump yesterday issued an executive order establishing a commission to study the scope and effectiveness of the federal response to drug addiction and the opioid crisis, and make recommendations to him for improving the response. The executive order calls for the commission to submit interim... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Behavioral health, opioids

CMS extends request for comments on draft pediatric care model

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has extended through April 7 its request for comments on a draft pediatric care model concept for children and youth covered by Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. According to the February request for information, “The aim of this model... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Medicaid, Behavioral health

SAMHSA announces grants to integrate primary, behavioral health care

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is accepting applications for $22.6 million in fiscal year 2017 grants for states to work with qualified community health programs to integrate primary and behavioral health care for adults and children. The agency anticipates awarding 11... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, child health, nurses, Mental health, Behavioral health, clinical integration, care coordination

Hospital Association of Rhode Island announces new president

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The Hospital Association of Rhode Island yesterday named as its new president M. Teresa Paiva Weed, who has served as a state senator for more than two decades, most recently as Senate president. Paiva Weed joins HARI following the departure of Michael Souza who has served as president since 2014. “We... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Electronic Health Records, advocacy, Medicaid, leadership, Mental health, Behavioral health

SAMHSA announces webinar on substance use disorder confidentiality rule

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will host a 90-minute webinar on its final rule on confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records. Participants may register to attend on March 17 or March 22 at 1 p.m. ET. The agency recently postponed the rule’s effective date... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, Behavioral health, HIPAA

SAMHSA delays implementation of substance use disorder confidentiality rule

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration today postponed the effective date of its final rule on confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records to March 21. The Office of Management and Budget last month published a memorandum calling for heads of executive departments and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, Behavioral health, HIPAA

Study looks at variance in premature death rates

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Premature death rates declined in the U.S. among adult Hispanics, blacks and Asian/Pacific Islanders between 1999 and 2014, mainly due to fewer deaths from cancer, heart disease and HIV, according to a study reported this week in The Lancet. However, rates increased among white and Native American adults,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, equity, Behavioral health

Vanessa Ervin advocates for better behavioral health care

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The Class of 2019 profiles the women and men who joined the AHA board this year.

Like hospital and health system leaders across the country, AHA board member Vanessa Ervin has serious concerns about Congress repealing parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without enacting replacement legislation that... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Redefining the H, leadership, members, Behavioral health

HHS: Uninsured mental health, substance use hospitalizations fall

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Only about 5% of adults in Medicaid expansion states who were hospitalized for substance use or mental health disorders in third-quarter 2015 lacked health insurance, down from 20% in 2013, according to a new report by the Department of Health and Human Services. Including non-expansion states, 11% of... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid, Mental health, Behavioral health

Eight states to participate in Medicaid behavioral health demonstration

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Minnesota, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon and Pennsylvania will participate in a two-year demonstration program authorized by the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 that will pay certified community behavioral health clinics under a prospective payment system to provide... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Medicaid, Behavioral health, care coordination

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