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

CMS to issue guidance before implementing ligature risk requirements

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In a statement sent to accrediting organizations Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it will develop guidance regarding the definition of what constitutes a ligature risk and other safety risks involved in the care of patients with suicidal ideation. CMS typically requires... read more

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Tags: quality, Mental health, Behavioral health

CMS rescinds proposed billing edits for partial hospitalization services

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Friday rescinded changes to its billing process for Partial Hospitalization Program services that were suspended last year. The changes to the agency’s Integrated Outpatient Code Editor would have enforced the program’s minimum 20 hours per week of therapeutic... read more

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Tags: Mental health, Behavioral health

CMS issues IMD payment guidance for Medicaid/CHIP managed care

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued answers to frequently asked questions about payments to Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program managed care organizations and prepaid inpatient health plans for patients in an institution for mental disease. Under a final rule last year... read more

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Tags: child health, Medicaid, regulation, Mental health, Behavioral health

HHS appoints public members to federal mental health committee

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The Department of Health and Human Services yesterday appointed 14 public members to a committee created by the 21st Century Cures Act to better coordinate federal efforts to address serious mental illness and emotional disturbance. They are: Linda Beeber, nursing professor at the University of North... read more

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Tags: Mental health, Behavioral health

Senate confirms surgeon general, HHS assistant secretaries

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The Senate yesterday approved President Trump’s nominees to serve as surgeon general and three assistant secretaries at the Department of Health and Human Services. Jerome Adams, M.D., will serve as surgeon general; Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D., as the first HHS assistant secretary for mental health and... read more

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Tags: population health, leadership, Mental health, Behavioral health

Surgeon general, assistant secretary nominees advance in Senate

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The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today approved President’s Trump’s nominees to serve as surgeon general and four assistant secretaries at the Department of Health and Human Services. The nominees are Jerome Adams, M.D., to serve as surgeon general; Brett Giroir, M.D., to serve... read more

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Tags: population health, leadership, preparedness, Mental health, Behavioral health

SAMHSA: About 43.7 million U.S. adults experience mental illness

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An estimated 43.7 million U.S. adults (18.4%) reported experiencing mental illness in the past year when surveyed between 2012 and 2014, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. State estimates ranged from 15.8% in New Jersey to 22.7% in Oregon, with... read more

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Tags: Mental health, Behavioral health

SAMHSA announces grants to implement suicide prevention model

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is accepting applications for fiscal year 2017 cooperative agreements to implement the Zero Suicide in Health Systems model, a multi-setting approach designed to raise awareness of suicide, establish referral processes, and improve care and... read more

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

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

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