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Under pressure, FDA taking new tack on opioids

February 5, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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FDA has come under fire several times for new opioid drug approvals, with advocates cautioning that the risk of addiction will only increase. Now, a top agency leader has outlined a plan to better balance the equation. 

The least you need to know about today's New Hampshire addiction forum

February 4, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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High-profile politicians and industry experts speaking in New Hampshire today offered their perspectives on the outlook of the nation's addiction epidemic as well as their thoughts on what the future might hold.

Junior lawyers at high risk for problem drinking

February 3, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Those in the first 10 years of their legal careers are at a high risk of developing an alcohol use disorder, according to a new Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation study. 

White House adds new MAT funding

February 2, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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The White House is asking for $1 billion in new mandatory funding to tackle the opioid crisis in its fiscal year 2017 budget, with $920 million allocated to medication assisted treatment.

House introduces reform bill

February 2, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Today House members of a health subcommittee introduced the Comprehensive Behavioral Health Reform and Recovery Act of 2016 with provisions that reflect several other proposals currently on the Hill.

Why good food is good marketing

February 2, 2016  |  Jill Sederstrom
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Clients care as much about what's on their plates as they do about what's in their treatment plans. Bonus: The benefit of serving chef-quality meals goes well beyond marketing.

Avoid foods that tweak opioid receptors

February 2, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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There are highly nuanced food choices to consider in addiction treatment, such as a diet with reduced sugar and reduced gluten to avoid triggering opioid receptors.

Springstone names new CEO

February 2, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Kentucky-based Springstone has named Robert Maha, MD, as its new chief executive officer. The organization operates 10 behavioral health hospitals in four states with more in development.

Suicide, addiction not the top causes of higher death rates

January 29, 2016  |  Kaiser Health News
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Deaths from suicide and substance abuse explain about 40% of the “mortality gap,” while 60% is tied to chronic disease in middle-aged whites, a new report shows.

Health Net looking for fraud among treatment centers

January 28, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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In a particularly aggressive move, insurer Health Net is investigating several residential and outpatient treatment centers for alleged fraud in California, asking for documentation to prove certain practices were above board.

Blogs

What terms should we be using in behavioral healthcare?

February 5, 2016     H. Steven Moffic

We all should also know that names and terminology in our field can have powerful psychological and attitudinal ramifications. As such, they can potentially help or harm our patients or, if you prefer, our “consumers,” or our “customers.”

Taking action on federal behavioral healthcare legislation

February 4, 2016     Ron Manderscheid, PhD

We were pleasantly surprised to learn that Senator Lamar Alexander of the Senate HELP Committee aims to develop mental health legislation this year. This week, we were even more delighted when Representative Gene Green of Texas introduced a new comprehensive bill in the House.

The least you need to know about today's New Hampshire addiction forum

February 4, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

High-profile politicians and industry experts speaking in New Hampshire today offered their perspectives on the outlook of the nation's addiction epidemic as well as their thoughts on what the future might hold.

Where health IT is really headed

February 1, 2016     Lisette Wright

Population health is one of our ultimate goals, but you'll need to leverage your EHR and your data in increasingly more creative ways to reach that goal in the future. Here are some quick tips to start on the path.