Accreditor issues guidance on environmental safeguards to prevent suicide

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The Joint Commission today issued guidance to help hospitals and surveyors determine what constitutes adequate environmental safeguards to protect patients with suicidal ideation from self-harm. Developed by an expert panel including representatives from provider organizations and the Centers for Medicare... read more

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

President declares opioid epidemic a national public health emergency

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President Trump today declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency under federal law, directing executive agencies to use every appropriate emergency authority to fight the opioid crisis. As part of the announcement, the president said his administration will be announcing a new policy... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Behavioral health, opioids

Webinar Friday on new payment codes for behavioral health integration

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will host an Oct. 27 webinar on applying the new Medicare payment codes for behavioral health integration services, including collaborative care. The codes, applauded by the AHA, were introduced this year under the physician fee schedule final... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, coding, regulation, Behavioral health, clinical integration, care coordination

House panel assesses agencies' progress in implementing opioid laws

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee today held a hearing on the administration’s progress in carrying out provisions of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and the 21st Century Cures Act, enacted last year to address the opioid epidemic. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle criticized the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, Behavioral health, opioids

AHA toolkit offers guidance to help hospitals address opioid epidemic

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A new AHA toolkit offers guidance and case examples to help hospitals and health systems work with their patients, clinicians and communities to tackle the opioid epidemic. Developed with input from a multidisciplinary team and vetted with subject matter experts, the resource includes tools and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, Behavioral health, opioids

CMS approves waiver to expand WV Medicaid treatment for SUDs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has approved a Section 1115 Medicaid demonstration waiver allowing West Virginia to expand its benefits package for substance use disorders to include the full continuum of SUD treatment, including short-term residential services in an Institution for Mental... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicaid, Behavioral health, opioids

AHA recommends federal actions to address opioid crisis

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Eliminating the Medicaid Institutions for Mental Disease exclusion for adults under age 65 would help improve access to treatment for those with severe or complex substance use disorders, AHA told the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee today in a statement submitted for a hearing on the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, infant health, Medicaid, Behavioral health, HIPAA, opioids

VA proposes to allow providers to practice telehealth across state lines

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The Department of Veterans Affairs today published a proposed rule that would allow any VA health care provider to provide telehealth services, within their scope of practice and in accordance with privileges granted to them by the department, wherever the provider or beneficiary is located. “Just as it... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, rural, access, nurses, regulation, Telehealth, Behavioral health

CMS seeks comments on new approach to Innovation Center

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services seeks comments through Nov. 20 on a “new direction” for its Innovation Center that will approach new model design through six guiding principles: choice and competition in the market; provider choice and incentives; patient-centered care; benefit design and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, Program Integrity, Medicare, Medicaid, price, transparency, Mental health, Behavioral health

HHS awards grants to expand access to opioid disorder treatment

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Friday awarded $144.1 million in grants to states, cities, health care providers and community organizations to prevent and treat opioid addiction. “These grants will help expand treatment and recovery services to pregnant and postpartum women... read more

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

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