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Federal opioid strategy backed by increased funding

Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Millions in new funding will help influence prescribers, encourage the use of naloxone and expand medication-assisted treatment for opioid and heroin SUD.

Where to draw the line on privacy for college students

Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

HIPAA and FERPA offer protections for patient records, but the policies have their limitations as well.

Healthcare M&A hits historic high

Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

 All types of buyers are on the hunt for addiction treatment centers in the midst of healthcare's biggest M&A week in history.

National Council dives into big picture trends

Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Huge gains in healthcare coverage have added up to an unprecedented opportunity in the business of treatment and recovery, according to Linda Rosenberg.

FACT FILE: SGR / 'the doc fix’

Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

After 17 patches and $170 billion, Congress has agreed on a policy to replace the outdated SGR formula that was poised to cut physicians' pay 21%. 

BREAKING: NAATP chooses Ventrell, moves to Denver

Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Marvin Ventrell, JD, was chosen by the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) as its new director. Headquarters will move to Denver in May.

New documentary assails questionable ethics in addiction treatment industry

April 21, 2015     Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
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Primary treatment and sober living facilities both come under harsh criticism in the film "The Business of Recovery," officially premiering in California on April 26.
 

NatCon15: What dopamine tells us about opioid addiction

April 21, 2015    
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Dopamine is more important to human survival than first thought, said experts at National Council advocating for medication-assisted therapy. 

 

NatCon 15: How to negotiate with managed care

April 20, 2015     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Providers must examine the assets they bring to the table and communicate them effectively in the contracting process.

Rosenberg rallies for reinvention at NatCon15

April 20, 2015     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Kicking off the National Council for Behavioral Health Conference, Linda Rosenberg shared her outlook on what it will take to position the industry for the future.

Why CMS never studies addiction data

April 17, 2015     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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While we anxiously wait for a federal policy to address addiction, CMS is totally excluding substance use disorder data from research projects.

BREAKING: NAATP chooses Ventrell, moves to Denver

April 16, 2015     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Marvin Ventrell, JD, was chosen by the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) as its new director. Headquarters will move to Denver in May.

New Jersey collaborative aims to fix behavioral health landscape

April 16, 2015     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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The South Jersey Behavioral Health Innovations Collaborative will gather data from five hospitals on patient flow through provider networks, analyze the data and then apply evidence-based practices and innovative system changes to better serve patients.

FACT FILE: SGR / 'the doc fix’

April 15, 2015     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
news

After 17 patches and $170 billion, Congress has agreed on a policy to replace the outdated SGR formula that was poised to cut physicians' pay 21%. 

Hazelden Betty Ford intensifies its advocacy presence

April 15, 2015     Gary A. Enos
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The opioid crisis will serve as the initial central issue of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's new Institute for Recovery Advocacy.

JourneyPure adds second Florida property

April 15, 2015     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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JourneyPure has now added 12 Keys Rehab, bringing its portfolio to a total of three properties, two of which are located in the booming Florida market.

Blogs

Stigma Kills! Defeat Stigma!

April 19, 2015     Ron Mandershied

Defeating stigma must be an urgent priority for all of us, as former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has stated so eloquently.

Why CMS never studies addiction data

April 17, 2015     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

While we anxiously wait for a federal policy to address addiction, CMS is totally excluding substance use disorder data from research projects.

Just how irrational is AA? Reaction to Glaser's article

April 8, 2015     Terry L. Stawar, Ed.D. LMHC, LCAC

Glaser attacks Alcoholics Anonymous as an ineffectual, nonscientific, outdated approach to alcohol treatment that has never-the-less managed to dominate the field.

Draft parity rule for Medicaid and CHIP does not disappoint

April 7, 2015    

Intended to extend parity of medical and behavioral health benefits and treatment limitations to Medicaid managed care programs, alternative benefit plans and the CHIP, it will bring parity protection to an estimated 22 million additional Americans.