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Why we must shift from qualitative to data-driven treatment

November 22, 2016  |  Jennifer Steiner
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In an industry historically reliant on broad treatment options and anecdotal outcomes, data is the key to the future of mental healthcare and already is opening new doors for our industry.

Parity panel offers steps to treat mental disorders like other disease

October 31, 2016  |  Kaiser Health News
news

Even if the recommendations of the task force are successfully implemented, true parity will only come from erasing the lines between “mental” and “physical” healthcare.

The least you need to know about the parity task force report

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

The federal parity task force issued its recommendations this week, calling for better support to implement and enforce the laws.

Taking much-needed action on parity

October 28, 2016  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

We salute President Obama for convening the task force, the task force itself for producing a very well-reasoned action report in a very short period of time, and the Kennedy Forum for serving as the clarion voice of advocacy.

New York might be setting the parity precedent

October 21, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
blog

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.

Significant challenges remain in enforcing parity laws

October 5, 2016  |  Jill Sederstrom
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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.

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.

Insurer drops drug screen requirement for hep C coverage

September 13, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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As part of a $300 million settlement, UnitedHealthcare will no longer require policyholders to demonstrate abstinence from drugs and alcohol for six months before receiving coverage for a costly hepatitis C medication.

Leaders seek avenues to work collaboratively

August 10, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
blog

The number of new coalitions and collaborations that have popped up just in the past year or so is a sure sign of everyone’s passion to make changes in how addiction treatment is delivered and how it is reimbursed.

N.Y. Dept. of Financial Services issues guidance on health insurance parity

July 28, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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The New York Department of Financial Services on Wednesday issued a letter of guidance to ensure health insurers comply with mental health parity standards. 

Hill Day delegates reach federal lawmakers

June 15, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Congressmen and their key staffers were receptive to the messages, and many said they are in fact working hard to advance legislation to increase funding, increase treatment capacity and improve access.

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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