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

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

Hospitals innovating to improve behavioral health


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

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

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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

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