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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH MONITOR

June 1, 2007
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Book on Medicaid Transformation

In the newly released book Making Medicaid Work: A Practical Guide for Transforming Medicaid, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, founder of the Center for Health Transformation, and Rishabh Mehrotra, president and CEO of SHPS, propose a series of guiding principles as a framework for transforming Medicaid, calling for greater healthcare consumerism and care coordination, and the adoption of 21st-century technology such as electronic health records and health risk scores. Additional insights from leaders in state and federal government articulate real-world applications and point to areas for transformation. Book contributors include Michael Leavitt, secretary of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, and Tom Scully, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Complimentary copies of the book are available by registering at http://www.shps.com/medicaid and http://www.healthtransformation.net.

Online Behavioral Health Programs

Health Alliance Medical Plans (providing healthcare coverage to more than 260,000 members in Illinois and Iowa) has selected HealthMedia, Inc., a provider of scalable behavior change interventions, to deliver its suite of wellness and behavioral health interventions to eligible plan members. HealthMedia's programming will be complemented with telephonic health and wellness counseling provided by APS Healthcare.

The online behavior change interventions include HealthMedia® Succeed™, a health risk assessment; HealthMedia® Balance™, a weight management and physical activity program; HealthMedia® Nourish™, a healthy eating program; HealthMedia® Breathe™, a smoking cessation program; and HealthMedia® Relax™, a stress reduction program. The program also includes two behavioral health programs: HealthMedia® Overcoming™ Depression and HealthMedia® Overcoming™ Insomnia.

AdCare Expansion

To meet its steady growth in volume of individuals treated for alcohol and drug abuse, AdCare Hospital has expanded its Worcester, Massachusetts, campus to include 95 Lincoln Street. Located next to AdCare Hospital, 95 Lincoln Street provides 22,000 square feet of professional medical office space, which has been refurbished, and frees space within the hospital for expansion.

AdCare has outpatient clinics in Worcester, Boston, Quincy, North Dartmouth, and West Springfield, Massachusetts, as well as in Warwick, Rhode Island. AdCare also sponsors 1-800-ALCOHOL, the 24-hour nationwide information and referral line for substance abuse treatment.

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