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TCIV: Policy gains are at risk in 2017

December 5, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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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
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Healthcare providers are concerned about proposals that aim to transform Medicaid into a block grant model, potentially resulting in less funding in the future.

Cures Act moves forward

December 1, 2016  |  BHE Staff
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Behavioral health issues are decidedly bipartisan and will continue to be on the radar for lawmakers. Advocates for the Cures Act say it will help fight the opioid crisis and better coordinate mental healthcare.

Reflections on our recent national election

November 30, 2016  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
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I am sure that you were shocked by the outcome of our recent national election. Now that we all have had several weeks to gain some perspective, I would like to offer the following about our path forward.

Trump taps new HHS and CMS leadership

November 29, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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On Tuesday, Donald Trump named Rep. Tom Price, MD (R-Ga.), to lead the Department of Health and Human Services and consultant Seema Verma to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Your 2017 strategic plan

November 28, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Behavioral health experts are weighing in on a number of issues that absolutely must be on the radar for treatment centers in 2017.

Overtime rule now on hold

November 23, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Originally set to begin Dec. 1, the policy would have made more workers eligible for overtime pay, and experts believe behavioral health organizations would have had high rates of noncompliance because of tricky scheduling at treatment centers.

Should we amend the Fair Housing Act to regulate sober living?

November 22, 2016  |  Andrew Kessler
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It has become clear that the expansion and protection of sober living and recovery residences should be near the top of the list of legislative priorities.

Why the surgeon general’s report is the go-to resource

November 22, 2016  |  Alison Knopf
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With a change of administration in Washington, it will be particularly important for the country to have a single scientific document about substance use disorders.

Midlevel practitioners authorized to prescribe buprenorphine

November 21, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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A new 2017 federal policy will allow physician assistants and nurse practitioners to prescribe buprenorphine. Previously, only physicians were authorized to prescribe the medication.

Task force arms local officials in opioid crisis

November 21, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A report issued by the City-County National Task Force on the Opioid Epidemic provides local government and law enforcement officials with strategies for taking action to address the opioid crisis at the community level.

How to add MAT services to your organization

November 14, 2016  |  Brian Albright
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Deciding to add a medical dimension like MAT to an existing program is one thing; actually making the transition is another. The process involves overcoming a number of hurdles that could potentially derail the program.

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