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Did Obamacare save your life?

March 17, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Many people have come forth to reveal that the Affordable Care Act saved their lives. All of this has raised questions about the early death of persons with mental health, substance use, and intellectual development and disability conditions.

The least you need to know about the repeal and replace bill

March 7, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Everyone’s talking about the healthcare bill House Republicans released Monday night. Here’s the very least you need to know.

Fewer covered, weaker protections, higher costs: ACA repeal plan

March 7, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Six words sum up the House bill released by Republicans last evening in their effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. A quick review suggests the insured population would fall; health insurance benefits would deteriorate; and costs would escalate.

Nurturing self-management

March 3, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

First, we came to understand the key role played by personal health literacy. Then, we added health activation. Now, we are opening chapter three of this trinity—self-management. This often is referred to as self-direction in behavioral health.
 

The least you need to know about buprenorphine and PDMPs

March 3, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

In the fragmented healthcare system, prescription drug monitoring programs might be valuable in avoiding opioid prescription fills for buprenorphine patients.

Open your eyes to ethical issues

March 1, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

For the future, one of the most pressing questions to ask will be how industry leaders might separate malice from ignorance.

Love seems underappreciated in psychiatry

February 13, 2017     H. Steven Moffic

Love for your profession, your clients, colleagues and staff can be an essential ethical principle and goal for administrators.

The necessity of a national decarceration strategy

February 12, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

National concern continues to center on the profound and persistent problem of excessive incarceration in city and county jails, and the enmeshment of persons with mental and substance use conditions in the jails.

How to follow the money in ACA repeal and replace

February 1, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Future healthcare policy will undoubtedly be driven by cost, whether it’s the Trump administration’s anticipated replacement for ACA or the iterations of adjustments down the road.

Gaining essential perspective on the new administration

January 31, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Now with a new administration, it will be very important for us to pause, reflect and determine our next steps. The hoped for output from this exercise will be development of a laser-like focus on what is important, while ignoring all the noise.

Why small operators are nervous

January 20, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Market disrupters can be cause for alarm or catalysts for fundamental change. You decide.

What will Medicaid reform say about our society?

January 12, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Members of the new Congress and administration have expressed a strong desire to “reform” Medicaid, although specifics are quite scarce. An effort will be made to change Medicaid to some type of fixed federal payment.

Prevent and treat the post-holiday blues

January 10, 2017     H. Steven Moffic

This early part of the year is when the suicide rate spikes, and when depression commonly increases. Indeed, divorce lawyers have deemed the Monday after Christmas as "Divorce Day."

What we can learn from Carrie Fisher

December 28, 2016     H. Steven Moffic

Though Carrie Fisher's living force ended this week, her life force will remain with so many, especially for mental health.

7 things we’ll remember about 2016

December 28, 2016     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

From Trump to CARA, 2016 was a record-setting year on a number of health policy fronts. Here's our list of highlights.

Better mental health through window design

December 28, 2016     Kevin Turner

A facility’s windows should be more than another level of security. They should incorporate features that are part of the therapy, enhancing the patient's well-being.

Eliminate, rename or replace the ACA?

December 27, 2016     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Within a few days after the new year, we likely will be confronted with an effort to “repeal” the Affordable Care Act. I put the word in quotes, since it is entirely unclear what repeal will mean.

 

Emergency departments must aim for change

December 21, 2016     Kevin Turner

Having a high number of mental health patients boarded in the emergency department has a dramatic effect on the throughput.

To your full happiness, health and heart

December 13, 2016     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

This year has been one of great tumult—home-based terrorism, disconcerting race relations and an extremely divisive election. Hence, we look forward to these holidays as a period of essential relief from our everyday worries and woes.

Consider post-election prospects for population health management

December 13, 2016     Patrick Gauthier

Any new administration brings change and uncertainty. But this time can also be seen as an opportunity for behavioral healthcare providers to sharpen our focus.

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