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

CDC reports on trends in drug overdose deaths

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The number of drug overdose deaths per year rose 23% between 2010 and 2014, to 47,055, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 10 most frequently involved drugs included six opioids (heroin, oxycodone, methadone, morphine, hydrocodone and fentanyl); two... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Behavioral health, opioids, prevention

SAMHSA: Fewer Americans driving under the influence

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The share of Americans who reported driving under the influence of alcohol in the past year fell from 15.3% in 2002 to 11.1% in 2014, according to a recent report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The share of Americans who reported driving under the influence of illicit... read more

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

AHA Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services names 2017 leaders

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Ann Schumacher, president of CHI Health Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha, NE, is 2017 council chair of the AHA’s Constituency Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services. With a background in nursing and specialization in mental health care, Schumacher has spent most of her career advocating for... read more

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

CDC Launches Opioid Prescribing Guideline Resources for Providers

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This week, the CDC launched a suite of new opioid prescribing guideline resources for providers, including a mobile app and video series. This is a follow-up to their CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, launched last spring, to encourage safer and more effective pain... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, physician issues, Behavioral health, opioids

President signs 21st Century Cures Act

AHA News Now

President Obama today signed into law the AHA-supported 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34), which includes a number of provisions important to hospitals and health systems. The legislation revises the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act to move the grandfather date for off-campus hospital outpatient departments... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: readmissions, socioeconomic status, Medicare, rural, CAHs, Behavioral health, opioids

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