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HealthEast, UHS collaborate on expansion in Minnesota

February 24, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
news

HealthEast and Universal Health Services have announced a collaboration on expansion of HealthEast’s inpatient mental health services in the East Metro area of the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., region.

Facing pressure, insurance plans loosen rules for covering addiction treatment

February 23, 2017  |  Kaiser Health News
article

Aetna will stop requiring prior authorization for prescribing medications to treat opioid addiction, following similar moves from Anthem and Cigna.

What Works: Centerstone improves outcomes through health home model

February 22, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

Integrating behavioral health and primary care has helped Centerstone coordinate services and provide better outcomes for patients.

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.

Treatment that includes marijuana use ignites debate

February 21, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

High Sobriety in West Los Angeles is the latest example of treatment centers using marijuana as part of treatment for addiction to alcohol and other drugs, a highly polarizing practice.

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.

How to manage bad debt

February 14, 2017  |  Brian Albright
article

With more patients covered under high-deductible plans or Medicaid managed care plans, the new payer mix has shifted more of the burden for payment onto the patient and collection onto the provider.

10 ways private equity investors evaluate addiction treatment centers

February 13, 2017  |  Ron Lebow and Kelly M. Hagemann
article

The first priority for an equity investor is to perform the diligence necessary to uncover problem areas and ensure a return on investment.

Smart facility designs enhance autism treatment

February 13, 2017  |  Jaques Black
article

Environmental factors affect the behavior and well-being of persons with autism spectrum disorder.

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
article

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.