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Surgeon general calls on physicians to fight opioid crisis

August 29, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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In a letter to U.S. physicians, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy calls on clinicians to screen patients for opioid use disorder and to treat addiction as a chronic illness, not a moral failing.

BHOs say providers are lukewarm on MAT

August 3, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A study published by the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness finds managed care is receptive to medication-assisted treatment, but not all care providers share their point of view.

Patient-centered solutions increase access to behavioral healthcare

August 1, 2016  |  Ed Jones, PhD
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The main question in an evolving patient-centered world is whether our services and processes have been designed with the convenience of the provider or the patient in mind.

How to leverage population health strategies

July 12, 2016  |  Donna Marbury
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Though challenges arise, it is essential that behavioral health providers create population health strategies to increase patient engagement and eventually cut healthcare costs.

How you can address the health effects of childhood poverty

June 14, 2016  |  Patrick Gauthier
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Biological, behavioral, social, cultural, economic and environmental factors all impact the well-being of individuals and communities. It's a concept known as “population health.”

Pharmacies juggle state regulations for non-prescription naloxone

June 3, 2016  |  Mike McCue
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For pharmacy chains, behind-the-counter naloxone dispensing entails working closely with state regulators to ensure compliance and collaborating with prescribers.

Should Walgreens be in the mental health business?

May 18, 2016  |  H. Steven Moffic
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I hope everyone is trying to contribute to Mental Health Month. It seems like drugstore chain Walgreens is trying to make a difference this year.

Blue plans collaborate on opioid protocols

April 6, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plans have created a new executive committee to address the opioid crisis and identify best practices in prevention and risk reduction.

Primary care not helping manage depression

March 25, 2016  |  Kaiser Health News
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There’s a growing understanding that behavioral health disorders are undermanaged in primary care settings, and physicians are not using the care management tools that are available, according to a study.

CDC finalizes opioid guideline

March 16, 2016  |  Gary Enos
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When the decision to prescribe opioids for chronic pain is made, the lowest possible effective dosage should be used in order to mitigate risk of dependence and overdose, according to a new CDC guideline.

Kennedy and Satcher unveil a 5-point plan

February 24, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy and former Surgeon General David Satcher outlined a new blueprint for behavioral health delivery in America, which puts an emphasis on five strategic areas.

Nation's governors want to establish opioid treatment protocols

February 23, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos. Contributing Editor
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Showing bipartisan cooperation in an effort to curb the opioid crisis, members of the National Governors Association (NGA) are resolving to establish opioid prescribing guidelines that could include quantitative limits.

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