President nominates HHS assistant secretaries for health, mental health

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President Trump Friday nominated as assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services Brett Giroir, M.D., president and CEO of biopharmaceutical company ViraCyte and an adjunct professor of pediatrics, tropical medicine and medical ethics and health policy at Baylor College of... read more

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

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

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

NAM launches collaborative to promote clinician well-being

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The National Academy of Medicine today launched an “action collaborative” to promote clinician well-being and resilience. The AHA is an inaugural sponsoring member of the collaborative, which will provide a platform for professional and educational organizations to advance evidence-based solutions to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, workforce, Mental health

House advances several hospital priorities in sending revised 21st Century Cures bill to the Senate

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Several of the AHA’s post-election legislative priorities advanced through the House Wednesday with that chamber’s approval of the revised 21st Century Cures bill. In addition to addressing a number of hospital concerns, the legislation also is designed to bolster medical research and revamp the way new... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: readmissions, site neutral payment, Medicare, advocacy, access, Mental health, Behavioral health, opioids

Revised 21st Century Cures bill includes AHA-supported provisions

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House leaders Friday unveiled a revised 21st Century Cures bill, which includes a number of AHA-supported provisions important to hospitals and health systems. The provisions would revise the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act to move the grandfather date for off-campus hospital outpatient departments under... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: readmissions, socioeconomic status, Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, Mental health, Behavioral health, opioids

SAMHSA awards grants to prevent mental, substance use disorders in youth

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration yesterday awarded up to $49 million over the next five years for state, tribal and community programs aimed at substance use prevention among children, adolescents and young adults. “These grants can help save lives and support young people to... read more

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

HHS awards behavioral health workforce grants

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The Department of Health and Human Services yesterday awarded $44.5 million to training programs to increase the number of mental health providers and substance abuse counselors. The fiscal year 2016 grants will support clinical internships and field placements for an array of professional and... read more

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

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