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Linda's List 2017

February 22, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health, says while she herself tends to be optimistic, this is clearly a year to be more cautious for a number of reasons.

Bipartisan caucus aims to address opioid crisis

February 17, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

Congressmen Hal Rogers and Stephen F. Lynch are bringing together Republicans and Democrats in the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse to discuss best practices to address the opioid crisis.

Repealing Medicaid expansion is deadly

February 10, 2017  |  Joe Parks
Perspectives

If Congress truly wants to cut the cost of care, some of our greatest savings would come from reducing the horrendous inefficiencies created by non-standardization.

Patients with depression favor keeping ACA

February 8, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
news

A higher percentage of patients with major depressive disorder do not want to see the Affordable Care Act repealed, as compared to the general population, according to a study published this week by health network PatientsLikeMe.

How to comply with patient record requests

February 6, 2017  |  David Raths
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Providers must confer with federal HIPAA guidance as well as state laws permitting patients access to their clinical records upon request.

FAQs: What new SAMHSA confidentiality regulations mean to you

February 3, 2017  |  Walter H. Boone
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SAMHSA recently published its long-awaited final rules governing confidentiality of patient records for substance abuse disorders. Here is what treatment centers need to know about them.

How to follow the money in ACA repeal and replace

February 1, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
blog

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.

5 myths about the HIPAA Privacy Rule

January 25, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Debunking common misnomers about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, specifically related to mental health information

Good people don’t smoke marijuana

January 12, 2017  |  Andrew Kessler
Perspectives

Do we have a war on weed? We have made progress convincing policymakers that morality has little to do with substance use disorders, yet, our future attorney general does not appear to share this belief.

Providers remain concerned about ACA repeal

January 10, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

County behavioral health service providers are especially uneasy about a wholesale repeal of ACA and what the near future might bring without a practical transition plan.

3 lessons from the FTC to guide marketing efforts in 2017

January 9, 2017  |  Abhilash Patel
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Rulings from the Federal Trade Commission on native advertising are extremely pertinent for facilities’ ethics and compliance with federal guidelines.

7 things we’ll remember about 2016

December 28, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
blog

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

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