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Drug distributor settles monitoring dispute

January 18, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
news

McKesson Corporation finalized a $150 million settlement to resolve claims that the company did not adequately monitor and report suspicious orders for controlled substances.

What will Medicaid reform say about our society?

January 12, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

Members of the new Congress and administration have expressed a strong desire to “reform” Medicaid, although specifics are quite scarce. An effort will be made to change Medicaid to some type of fixed federal payment.

Good people don’t smoke marijuana

January 12, 2017  |  Andrew Kessler
Perspectives

Do we have a war on weed? We have made progress convincing policymakers that morality has little to do with substance use disorders, yet, our future attorney general does not appear to share this belief.

Providers remain concerned about ACA repeal

January 10, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

County behavioral health service providers are especially uneasy about a wholesale repeal of ACA and what the near future might bring without a practical transition plan.

7 things we’ll remember about 2016

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

From Trump to CARA, 2016 was a record-setting year on a number of health policy fronts. Here's our list of highlights.

Eliminate, rename or replace the ACA?

December 27, 2016  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

Within a few days after the new year, we likely will be confronted with an effort to “repeal” the Affordable Care Act. I put the word in quotes, since it is entirely unclear what repeal will mean.

 

CCBHC states selected for integration demo

December 21, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
news

The Department of Health and Human Services announced the final selection of eight states for participation in the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic program that aims to change payment models.

With a new administration coming, it’s on providers to speak up

December 16, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

With the Affordable Care Act likely to be repealed and uncertainty over what will replace it, speakers on a National Council for Behavioral Health conference call Thursday said the time is now for providers to make their voices heard in Washington.

Consider post-election prospects for population health management

December 13, 2016  |  Patrick Gauthier
blog

Any new administration brings change and uncertainty. But this time can also be seen as an opportunity for behavioral healthcare providers to sharpen our focus.

Obama signs Cures Act

December 13, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

President Obama signed the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act on Tuesday, authorizing programs to address substance use disorders and mental health.

FACT FILE: Opioid overdose deaths rise in 2015

December 9, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
news

New data from the CDC shows opioid overdose-related deaths continued to climb in 2015, driven particularly by heroin and synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl.

More work to be done after Cures bill is signed

December 8, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

Provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act will create a turning point in care delivery, but there are additional issues to examine over time.

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