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At 50, Medicaid still gaining momentum

Jill Sederstrom

Medicaid is marking its 50th anniversary on July 30, and the social health program’s influence hasn’t slowed. Experts say its role in behavioral health is only expected to grow in the next 50 years.

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What might success in integrated care bring?

June 12, 2013    

I wonder what success in integrated care might bring. If we succeed in extending the average life span of people with Serious Mental Illness, how will that impact us as a system programmatically and financially...

AAC president resigns after investigation

July 30, 2015     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

American Addiction Centers' president has resigned in light of charges connected to the death of a patient in 2010. CEO Michael Cartwright says the case won't damage the company.

Sunspire acquires Caron's Texas operations

July 30, 2015     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Sunspire Health has acquired Caron Treatment Center’s 40-bed residential treatment operations in Princeton, Texas.

Summit BHC buys The Ranch at Dovetree

July 29, 2015     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Summit BHC has acquired The Ranch at Dovetree in Texas, which treats college-aged individuals and adults with addiction and co-occurring disorders. 

HIG private equity buys Futures autism treatment center

July 29, 2015     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

A private equity investment firm this week completed the acquisition of Futures Behavior Therapy Center, a center for children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities.

Florida HIV cases surge in first half of 2015

July 28, 2015     Julia Brown, Associate Editor

New statistics show that in the first six months of 2015, HIV cases in Florida increased by 23 percent with 3,555 new cases up from 2,886 from the same period in 2014.

5 challenges facing Medicaid

July 27, 2015     Kaiser Health News

Medicaid is one of the largest items in state budgets, although its beneficiaries lack political clout. Expenses typically soar during economic downturns, putting states in a quandary.

Medicaid at 50

July 23, 2015     Ron Manderscheid, PhD

As Medicaid approaches two score and ten, we have a heartfelt birthday greeting: "You are even more attractive today than you were a quarter-century ago. In fact, you simply are magnetic.”

Top 13 psychiatric hospitals ranked in annual survey

July 22, 2015     Julia Brown, Associate Editor

Facilities were named among the best for difficult cases and procedures by at least 5 percent of the psychiatric specialists who responded to U.S. News surveys in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Experts weigh in on Aetna, Humana merger

July 17, 2015     Julia Brown, Associate Editor

Health insurer Aetna has agreed to acquire Humana, and the downside for providers could be the potential reduction in payment rates.

Expanding 5-star system foreshadows your future

July 17, 2015     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Comparative quality ratings seem inevitable, but don’t wait for the government to come in and impose a half-baked star-rating system on you. ...

Pennsylvania speeds up licensing process

July 16, 2015     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Seventeen new drug and alcohol facilities received licenses with an average of 15 business days to complete. Previously, it would have taken six months or longer.