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

Agencies highlight disaster resources

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released a report offering guidance and resources to help health care providers, response and recovery workers, and affected communities address potential public health and safety concerns before, during and after a hurricane or flood. Many of the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: disaster readiness, preparedness, Behavioral health

HHS announces additional hurricane waivers, resources

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price Friday declared public health emergencies in Georgia and South Carolina due to Hurricane Irma, and waived or modified certain Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements to ensure sufficient health care items and services are... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, access, disaster readiness, regulation, Behavioral health, HIPAA

CDC awards $28 million to help states fight opioid overdoses

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday awarded $28.6 million to help 44 states and the District of Columbia respond to the opioid overdose epidemic. The funds will be used to scale up prevention activities and prescription drug monitoring programs and better track opioid-involved... read more

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

CDC: Illicit opioids key contributor to overdose deaths

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Death rates involving heroin increased in all Census regions between 2006 and 2015, driven in part by increases in heroin supplies after 2010 and heroin mixed with illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Deaths involving... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Behavioral health, opioids

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

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

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

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

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
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

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Medicaid, regulation, Mental health, Behavioral health

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