Beyond the Four Walls

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Helping patients overcome socioeconomic barriers to better health by building partnerships that improve the community’s health will be critical to hospitals’ and health systems’ ability to continue to carry the promise of help, hope and healing. The good news is how population health strategies and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Community health, Redefining the H, Behavioral health

Hospitals Innovate New Strategies to Fight Opioid Crisis

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More than 140 Americans die from a drug overdose every day – that’s more than from gun homicides and car crashes combined.  Most of these deaths are due to prescription painkillers, heroin and other opioids. The opioid crisis in our country is severe enough that yesterday President Donald Trump signaled... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, opioids

Addressing behavioral health

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As Mental Health Awareness Month draws to a close, we would like to thank the many hospitals and health systems across the country that are addressing their communities’ behavioral health needs, often by working with local organizations to coordinate care beyond the walls of a hospital.

By offering... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, Mental health, 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

Seven steps to strengthen the behavioral health workforce

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Integrating and improving behavioral health continues to be at the top of mind for hospitals and health systems, but having the right providers in place for patients is a struggle that many health care leaders may face.

Building on a previous report, the AHA this week provided an in-depth look at seven... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Behavioral health

Wayne Young, Chair of the AHA's Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services, on How Hospitals Can Integrate Behavioral and Physical Health

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Hospitals and health systems across the country are addressing the behavioral health needs of their patients and communities. While historically, behavioral health may not have been top of mind, hospitals understand that behavioral and physical health are inseparable. Through behavioral health services,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Behavioral health

Mental Illness Awareness Week and the National Alliance on Mental Health

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness first began in 1979 as a small group of families who gathered together to discuss mental health. Since then, the association has become a leading voice in advocating for and spreading awareness of mental illness. In 1990, Congress established the first full week of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Behavioral health

Addressing substance abuse and mental health

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Tucked away in legislation passed to keep the federal government running is critical funding for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, or CARA. The AHA supported several measures in CARA, including:

 

  • The creation of a multi-agency task force that includes a hospital representative to develop... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Behavioral health

Mental Illness Awareness Week

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In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of efforts by the National Alliance on Mental Illness to raise awareness about mental illness. 

The goal of this year’s MIAW is to reduce stigma around mental illness and replace... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Behavioral health

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