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

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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

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

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

CDC: Fewer adults with serious psychological distress uninsured than in 2012

AHA News Now

About one in five working-age adults reporting serious psychological distress lacked health insurance when surveyed in the first nine months of 2015, down from 28% in 2012, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among those with health insurance, 45% had public... read more

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

HHS: 1.9 million adults would gain mental health coverage with Medicaid expansion

AHA News Now

An estimated 1.9 million uninsured adults with mental illness or substance use disorders are eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act but live in states that have not expanded coverage, according to a report released today by the Department of Health and Human Services. That’s 28% of adults who... read more

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

New resource available to help hospitals improve behavioral health

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Improving behavioral health is one of the top priorities for hospitals and the communities they serve.  A new guide from the AHA’s Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence outlines how hospitals and health systems can address the challenges of integrating physical health with behavioral health, enhance... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: population health, Community health, Mental health, Behavioral health, clinical integration, care coordination

New Depression Screening Recommendations Will Help Patients and Communities

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In 2014, 15.7 million adults suffered from at least one major depressive episode, making it one of the most common behavioral health conditions in the U.S., according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Major depression is also highly treatable once diagnosed, so making that diagnosis is... read more

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

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