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New York might be setting the parity precedent

October 21, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Treatment centers nationwide would be well advised to study New York’s model because we might ultimately see the federal government tell every state to follow its example.

How to comply with new overtime rules

October 20, 2016  |  Joanne Sammer

On December 1, new rules for overtime pay go into effect, and behavioral health organizations could see unexpectedly higher payroll costs or even potential fines if they do not comply. Here’s your guide to getting it right.

Kratom research sorely needed for clinical, policy decisions

October 13, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

In response to advocacy groups and congressional leaders, the Drug Enforcement Administration halted its attempt to place kratom on the list of Schedule I drugs, however, experts recommend more research on its pharmacology moving forward.

Prescribers sign on for new buprenorphine caps

October 5, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Since SAMHSA issued new rules around the number of patients that physicians can treat with buprenorphine, 1,665 practitioners have applied for and been granted waivers to prescribe at the increased limit of 275 patients, according to the federal agency.

Significant challenges remain in enforcing parity laws

October 5, 2016  |  Jill Sederstrom

Experts remain optimistic about the future of parity, even though the implementation process will be slow to bring significant change to the behavioral healthcare industry.

The least you need to know about MACRA

October 4, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Last year, the president signed the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), which creates a new payment model for seasoned Medicare providers. Final rules are expected on November 1.

The least you need to know about the federal stop-gap funding bill

September 29, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

On Wednesday, the House and Senate passed a continuing resolution that keeps the federal government operating and also includes $7 million in brand-new funding for CARA.

Children’s mental health agencies missing opportunities

September 26, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

A study of state children’s mental agency directors finds inadequate structures and poor organization are inhibiting the ability to improve care.

Some states fund comparatively low percentage of buprenorphine costs

September 22, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Advocates for Opioid Recovery recommends that governors investigate how their state Medicaid programs are covering opioid recovery treatment.

4 steps to prepare for HIE participation

September 16, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

HIEs can help providers offer a higher quality of care that reflects well in a value-based payment model, but significant groundwork must be completed before participating.

Medicaid expansion challenges budgets

September 8, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

An issue brief released this week from the Kansas Health Institute points to several policies related to Medicaid expansion as variables to watch in 2017.

Election 2016: Assess the vice presidential candidates

September 7, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

A look into the political records of vice presidential candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence offers a glimpse into their stances on key healthcare issues.


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