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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.

Market realities keep psych patients waiting for care

October 17, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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New data from the American College of Emergency Physicians shows that psychiatric patients are waiting in emergency rooms every single day with no immediate care available.

Opioid crisis drives Medicaid policy

October 14, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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In a new survey, Medicaid officials identify a number of state-based efforts they are employing to address the opioid crisis currently as well as plans for the future.

New law will expand mental health services for low-income Californians

October 11, 2016  |  Kaiser Health News
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California Gov. Jerry Brown last week signed a law allowing federally funded health centers and rural clinics to bill Medi-Cal for the services of licensed marriage and family therapists.

Children’s mental health agencies missing opportunities

September 26, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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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
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Advocates for Opioid Recovery recommends that governors investigate how their state Medicaid programs are covering opioid recovery treatment.

Implications of SBIRT for early identification of substance use disorder

September 16, 2016  |  Paige Pennington
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Optimal implementation of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) will require practical solutions for overcoming operational barriers.

Election 2016: Assess the vice presidential candidates

September 7, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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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.

The least you need to know about Clinton’s mental health policy

August 30, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Hillary Clinton released a mental health policy proposal Monday that includes a few noteworthy investments, such as the expansion of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic program.

New state forums drive stakeholder solutions

August 12, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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The National Council for Behavioral Health has launched the Behavioral Health + Economics Network, an initiative to foster communication between stakeholders in the mental health sector and bring about policy change.

Well-planned partnerships ease the transition to Medicaid managed care

July 22, 2016  |  Mark Ishaug
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Making the shift to the managed care Medicaid model means developing strong partnerships with managed care entities in your state.

Medicaid rule puts IMD exclusion in better context

June 7, 2016  |  Alison Knopf
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For behavioral health providers, the most significant provision of the new rule allows Medicaid to pay for 15 days of inpatient treatment in a facility with more than 16 beds, tempering the often bemoaned IMD exclusion.

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