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Rosecrance merges with Community Elements

June 29, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Rosecrance has announced a merger with Community Elements in a move that expands the scale of the organization during tough economic times in Illinois.

Medication non-adherence sends healthcare costs soaring

June 28, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

Medication adherence—or, more accurately, the lack thereof—is a $337 billion problem in the United States, but tactics from advocating for personal responsibility to the support system of comprehensive medication management can turn the tide.

Brexit effects minimal in behavioral health

June 27, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

While Brexit might weaken the British pound and make investors nervous, healthcare has proven to be a hedge against such market forces given its inelastic demand.

How to minimize the impact of staffing shortages

June 22, 2016     Joanne Sammer

As service demand increases, experts note that the behavioral health specialty must expand its workforce by at least 20,000 over the next two years.

Colorado centers combine tech know-how

June 17, 2016     David Raths

Technology implementation can be difficult for small organizations, but as provider organizations in Colorado have discovered, there is strength in numbers.

Hill Day delegates reach federal lawmakers

June 15, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Congressmen and their key staffers were receptive to the messages, and many said they are in fact working hard to advance legislation to increase funding, increase treatment capacity and improve access.

How you can address the health effects of childhood poverty

June 14, 2016     Patrick Gauthier

Biological, behavioral, social, cultural, economic and environmental factors all impact the well-being of individuals and communities. It's a concept known as “population health.”

EHB benchmark plans come up short in addiction coverage

June 9, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

In spite of the Affordable Care Act and parity laws, many states’ Essential Health Benefits benchmark plans continue to fall short on coverage for addiction treatment, according to a study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.

Medicaid rule puts IMD exclusion in better context

June 7, 2016     Alison Knopf

For behavioral health providers, the most significant provision of the new rule allows Medicaid to pay for 15 days of inpatient treatment in a facility with more than 16 beds, tempering the often bemoaned IMD exclusion.

Should we aim for cured, doing better or still working on it?

June 6, 2016     Ed Jones, PhD

As more behavioral healthcare services are offered to meet demand, and as expectations rise for better outcomes and lower costs, this will of necessity lead to measurement—of access, outcome and cost.

Pharmacies juggle state regulations for non-prescription naloxone

June 3, 2016     Mike McCue

For pharmacy chains, behind-the-counter naloxone dispensing entails working closely with state regulators to ensure compliance and collaborating with prescribers.

Details on death certificates offer layers of clues to opioid epidemic

June 3, 2016     Kaiser Health News

The Connecticut chief medical examiner is pushing for more detailed autopsies in overdose cases to help law enforcement and public health officials curb opioid-related deaths.

Seattle providers bring seamless care to new behavioral unit

June 2, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

As deinstitutionalization continues to reduce state hospital beds across the U.S., a new 22-bed inpatient unit at Swedish Ballard gives the Seattle area a community-based care facility that specializes in comorbid disorders.

Opioid coalition backed by big names

June 2, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose is backed in part by three pharmaceutical companies, and it aims to advocate for opioid-related legislation and adequate federal funding.

What Obama’s gun rule means to you

June 2, 2016     Craig D. Bronsnick, Esq.

Under the final rule, providers and others are in fact permitted to disclose private health information under HIPAA—without patient authorization—to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Anthem funnels high-risk patients to single pharmacy site

June 1, 2016     Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

With gaps in prescription drug monitoring databases potentially being exploited, the Pharmacy Home Program for Anthem health plans limits high-risk members’ drug coverage to a single location.

4 tips for creating authentic connections online

May 31, 2016     Ryan Eisenacher

When used correctly, social media is a powerful tool for healthcare marketers to share information, promote education and build a loyal community.

Iowa now allows psychologists to prescribe

May 31, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

A new Iowa law passed on Friday permits clinical psychologists to prescribe medications for mental health disorders, with the goal of increasing access for patients, especially in rural areas.

Buprenorphine implant earns long-awaited FDA approval

May 27, 2016     Gary Enos, Editor

Probuphine implants provide a constant, low-level dose of buprenorphine for six months in patients who are already stable in treatment, but cost could be a concern.

New provider coalition fights for parity

May 26, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

A group of addiction treatment centers in California is launching the Addiction Treatment Advocacy Coalition, a not-for-profit entity that aims to drive parity enforcement and improved coverage of addiction services by insurance companies.