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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.

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.

Insurer notes economic impact of mental health, SUD in communities

November 29, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Data from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Index, a new measurement tool, identifies health conditions with the greatest impact on communities. Analysis of the data draws a correlation between community health and economic strength.

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.

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.

Opioid crisis declared public health emergency in Virginia

November 22, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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With overdose cases on the rise, the Virginia state health commissioner has declared the opioid addiction crisis to be a public health emergency and issued a standing order that allows all Virginians to obtain naloxone over the counter.

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.

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.

No population health without behavioral health

November 18, 2016  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
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Rosalynn Carter’s Annual Behavioral Health Policy Symposium addressed many of the issues that we work on today: parity, care access, integrated care, peer support, community participation, stigma and more.

The least you need to know about the surgeon general’s report

November 17, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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The surgeon general’s report on alcohol, drugs and health is significant because not only is it the first ever report on addiction from the top federal health advocate, it’s also a document that reflects the culmination of significant changes in the national...

Shorter stays linked to rapid rehospitalization

November 17, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A study by the Treatment Advocacy Center finds that patients at state hospitals with the shortest length of stay are three times more likely to be readmitted than those with the longest initial stay.

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