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Linda's List 2017

February 22, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health, says while she herself tends to be optimistic, this is clearly a year to be more cautious for a number of reasons.

Bipartisan caucus aims to address opioid crisis

February 17, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

Congressmen Hal Rogers and Stephen F. Lynch are bringing together Republicans and Democrats in the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse to discuss best practices to address the opioid crisis.

The necessity of a national decarceration strategy

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

National concern continues to center on the profound and persistent problem of excessive incarceration in city and county jails, and the enmeshment of persons with mental and substance use conditions in the jails.

ASAM seeks input on appropriate drug testing

February 10, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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ASAM is accepting public comment on a drug testing appropriateness document that is being developed to provide guidance on drug testing in diagnosis, treatment and promotion of recovery from addiction.

Repealing Medicaid expansion is deadly

February 10, 2017  |  Joe Parks
Perspectives

If Congress truly wants to cut the cost of care, some of our greatest savings would come from reducing the horrendous inefficiencies created by non-standardization.

Patients with depression favor keeping ACA

February 8, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
news

A higher percentage of patients with major depressive disorder do not want to see the Affordable Care Act repealed, as compared to the general population, according to a study published this week by health network PatientsLikeMe.

FAQs: What new SAMHSA confidentiality regulations mean to you

February 3, 2017  |  Walter H. Boone
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SAMHSA recently published its long-awaited final rules governing confidentiality of patient records for substance abuse disorders. Here is what treatment centers need to know about them.

Christie aims to nix prior authorization for opioid treatment

February 2, 2017  |  Joanne Sammer
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Legislation advances that would mandate 180 days of inpatient and outpatient substance-abuse treatment without prior authorization.

How to follow the money in ACA repeal and replace

February 1, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
blog

Future healthcare policy will undoubtedly be driven by cost, whether it’s the Trump administration’s anticipated replacement for ACA or the iterations of adjustments down the road.

Gaining essential perspective on the new administration

January 31, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
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Now with a new administration, it will be very important for us to pause, reflect and determine our next steps. The hoped for output from this exercise will be development of a laser-like focus on what is important, while ignoring all the noise.

5 myths about the HIPAA Privacy Rule

January 25, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Debunking common misnomers about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, specifically related to mental health information

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.

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