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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
article

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.

CCBHC states selected for integration demo

December 21, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
news

The Department of Health and Human Services announced the final selection of eight states for participation in the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic program that aims to change payment models.

With a new administration coming, it’s on providers to speak up

December 16, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

With the Affordable Care Act likely to be repealed and uncertainty over what will replace it, speakers on a National Council for Behavioral Health conference call Thursday said the time is now for providers to make their voices heard in Washington.

Obama signs Cures Act

December 13, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

President Obama signed the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act on Tuesday, authorizing programs to address substance use disorders and mental health.

FACT FILE: Opioid overdose deaths rise in 2015

December 9, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
news

New data from the CDC shows opioid overdose-related deaths continued to climb in 2015, driven particularly by heroin and synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl.

More work to be done after Cures bill is signed

December 8, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

Provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act will create a turning point in care delivery, but there are additional issues to examine over time.

Senate approves 21st Century Cures Act

December 7, 2016  |  BHE Staff
news

The 21st Century Cures Act is headed to the desk of President Barack Obama for final approval after the bill was passed by the Senate on Wednesday. Advocates for the bill say it will help fight the opioid crisis.

TCIV: Policy gains are at risk in 2017

December 5, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

The most important goal for behavioral health stakeholders under the Donald Trump administration will be to maintain the gains they’ve realized in the past 12 months.

Providers concerned about future Medicaid block grant models

December 1, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

Healthcare providers are concerned about proposals that aim to transform Medicaid into a block grant model, potentially resulting in less funding in the future.

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