'Behavioral vaccine' for teen depression

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Can an online prevention program keep mental health problems at bay among teens who are already at risk of suffering from severe depression?

A team at the University of Illinois Medical Center hopes so, and has spent more than a decade developing and testing the best way to teach coping strategies to... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Mental health, Behavioral health

SAMHSA issues new behavioral health reports that provide state-level data

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released updated reports highlighting data on the prevalence of substance use, suicidal thoughts, serious mental illness and treatment for each state and the District of Columbia. The findings are presented by age, gender, racial and ethnic... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Behavioral health

Virtual Behavioral Health Services

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By Gene Woods

One out of five Americans, or over 40 million people, struggle with behavioral health each day. In my state of North Carolina alone, every 2.5 minutes a person in behavioral crisis visits an emergency department. To better serve the needs of our patients and community, at Carolinas... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Behavioral health

CDC Launches Opioid Prescribing Guideline Resources for Providers

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This week, the CDC launched a suite of new opioid prescribing guideline resources for providers, including a mobile app and video series. This is a follow-up to their CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, launched last spring, to encourage safer and more effective pain... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, physician issues, Behavioral health, opioids

Web resource compiles promising practices for patients with complex needs

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Five health care foundations today released an online resource on promising approaches to improving health outcomes for patients with complex medical, behavioral and social needs. The John A. Hartford Foundation, Peterson Center on Healthcare, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The SCAN Foundation, and The... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: socioeconomic status, Behavioral health, chronic conditions

Report: America's hospitals continue to improve patient care

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America’s hospitals continue to improve patient safety and quality, according to the latest annual report from The Joint Commission, released today. The report summarizes data on 33 measures reported by more than 3,300 hospitals accredited by the organization in 2015. The measures relate to children’s... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, patient safety, child health, infant health, Behavioral health

In New Jersey, redesign of mental health care services drives competitors to collaborate

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By Betsy Ryan

 Hospitals and health systems across southern New Jersey were faced with a challenge that has turned into an opportunity. They conducted a joint community health needs assessment which reinforced what each hospital was reporting anecdotally: Emergency department visits with primary or... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, Behavioral health, care coordination

AHA, CDC issue patient education resource on prescription opioids

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The AHA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released a one-page resource to help hospital patients who may be prescribed opioids before discharge discuss the risks and benefits of these medications with their health care provider. “Every day, hospitals see how misuse of and overdose from... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: physicians, Behavioral health, patient and family engagement, opioids, prevention

CMS project seeks innovative hospital quality practices to share nationwide

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services invites hospitals to submit innovative quality improvement practices to its Strategic Innovation Engine, which will evaluate them for possible dissemination across the nation. Targeted improvements include managing patients with multiple chronic conditions;... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, Behavioral health, patient and family engagement, chronic conditions, care coordination

The Joint Commission seeks to clarify 'misperceptions' of its pain standards

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The Joint Commission’s pain standards are unfairly blamed for the current prescription opioid epidemic because of “misperceptions” of what it requires hospitals and other accredited institutions to do, says David Baker, M.D., The Joint Commission’s executive vice president for health care quality... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, measurement, Program Integrity, Behavioral health, chronic conditions, advanced illness care

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