As service demand increases, experts note that the behavioral health specialty must expand its workforce by at least 20,000 over the next two years.
Technology implementation can be difficult for small organizations, but as provider organizations in Colorado have discovered, there is strength in numbers.
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.
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.”
In spite of the Affordable Care Act and parity laws, many states’ Essential Health Benefits benchmark plans continue to fall short on coverage for addiction treatment, according to a study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.
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.
As more behavioral healthcare services are offered to meet demand, and as expectations rise for better outcomes and lower costs, this will of necessity lead to measurement—of access, outcome and cost.
For pharmacy chains, behind-the-counter naloxone dispensing entails working closely with state regulators to ensure compliance and collaborating with prescribers.
The Connecticut chief medical examiner is pushing for more detailed autopsies in overdose cases to help law enforcement and public health officials curb opioid-related deaths.
As deinstitutionalization continues to reduce state hospital beds across the U.S., a new 22-bed inpatient unit at Swedish Ballard gives the Seattle area a community-based care facility that specializes in comorbid disorders.
The Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose is backed in part by three pharmaceutical companies, and it aims to advocate for opioid-related legislation and adequate federal funding.
Under the final rule, providers and others are in fact permitted to disclose private health information under HIPAA—without patient authorization—to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
With gaps in prescription drug monitoring databases potentially being exploited, the Pharmacy Home Program for Anthem health plans limits high-risk members’ drug coverage to a single location.
When used correctly, social media is a powerful tool for healthcare marketers to share information, promote education and build a loyal community.
A new Iowa law passed on Friday permits clinical psychologists to prescribe medications for mental health disorders, with the goal of increasing access for patients, especially in rural areas.
Probuphine implants provide a constant, low-level dose of buprenorphine for six months in patients who are already stable in treatment, but cost could be a concern.
A group of addiction treatment centers in California is launching the Addiction Treatment Advocacy Coalition, a not-for-profit entity that aims to drive parity enforcement and improved coverage of addiction services by insurance companies.
Telemental health is an emerging alternative for rural and underserved populations, but it remains an imperfect solution.
Summit BHC has added five properties to its portfolio in the last five months, including its latest: Willingway Hospital in Georgia.
Foundations Recovery Network opens Foundations Detroit to provide integrated outpatient treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues.
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