SAMHSA reports 39% increase in opioid treatment programs since 2003

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The number of federally-approved opioid treatment programs, which are qualified to dispense methadone and buprenorphine for opioid use disorders, increased 39% between 2003 and 2016, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. About 10% of all substance use... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: physicians, access, Behavioral health, opioids

Medicaid expansion states report easier access to behavioral health care

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Up to one in three Medicaid expansion enrollees received outpatient behavioral health treatment in 2014 in four states examined by the Government Accountability Office: Iowa, New York, Washington and West Virginia. Officials in the three states expanding Medicaid to this population for the first time said... read more

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

SAMHSA webinar next week on growing the behavioral health workforce

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on April 19 will host the third webinar in a quarterly series on innovative state solutions to develop the behavioral health workforce. The 2 p.m. ET webinar will focus on the state of Alaska’s efforts. To register, click here. The webinar... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: workforce, 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

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

AHA News

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

More mental health care covered by insurance, but disparities in treatment persist

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The share of mental health treatment expenditures financed by private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid increased from 44% in 1986 to 68% in 2014, according to a study published this week in Health Affairs. In contrast, the share of substance use disorder treatment financed by insurers was relatively... read more

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

Building a Stronger Behavioral Health Workforce for Patients and Communities

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As hospitals and health systems better integrate behavioral and physical health, it is critical to ensure that patients and communities have access to the right providers to take care of behavioral health needs now and in the future. There are seven steps hospital leaders can take to strengthen their... read more

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

South Philadelphia's immigrants have a bridge to better health - and life

AHA News

Thousands of uninsured Latino and other immigrants in South Philadelphia’s low-income neighborhoods go to Puentes de Salud (Bridges to Health) for health care, wellness – and hope of a better life.

Since 2003, Puentes has provided low-cost primary health care, plus a range of social and educational... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, care coordination

Hospitals innovating to improve behavioral health

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Hospitals across the country are addressing their communities’ behavioral health needs, often by working with local organizations to coordinate care beyond the walls of a hospital. Examples of these innovative partnerships can be found in AHA’s Community Connections case studies, among AHA award winners... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Community Connections, Coverage, Mental health, Behavioral health, opioids

Mental Health Month & Hospitals' Role in Providing Mental and Behavioral Health Care

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May is Mental Health Month – a time to raise awareness of those living with mental or behavioral health issues and to help reduce the stigma so many experience.  Hospitals and health systems play an important role in providing behavioral health care and helping patients find resources available in their... read more

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

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