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Proposal aims to modernize Part 2 at last

February 8, 2016  |  Donna Marbury
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Federal health leaders are accepting comments on a proposed 42 CFR Part 2 rule that would modify the patient consent form to allow more granular disclosure of health data for the sake of better care coordination. The change has been a long time in coming....

Under pressure, FDA taking new tack on opioids

February 5, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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FDA has come under fire several times for new opioid drug approvals, with advocates cautioning that the risk of addiction will only increase. Now, a top agency leader has outlined a plan to better balance the equation. 

Taking action on federal behavioral healthcare legislation

February 4, 2016  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD
blog

We were pleasantly surprised to learn that Senator Lamar Alexander of the Senate HELP Committee aims to develop mental health legislation this year. This week, we were even more delighted when Representative Gene Green of Texas introduced a new comprehensive...

The least you need to know about today's New Hampshire addiction forum

February 4, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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High-profile politicians and industry experts speaking in New Hampshire today offered their perspectives on the outlook of the nation's addiction epidemic as well as their thoughts on what the future might hold.

White House adds new MAT funding

February 2, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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The White House is asking for $1 billion in new mandatory funding to tackle the opioid crisis in its fiscal year 2017 budget, with $920 million allocated to medication assisted treatment.

House introduces reform bill

February 2, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Today House members of a health subcommittee introduced the Comprehensive Behavioral Health Reform and Recovery Act of 2016 with provisions that reflect several other proposals currently on the Hill.

Why good food is good marketing

February 2, 2016  |  Jill Sederstrom
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Clients care as much about what's on their plates as they do about what's in their treatment plans. Bonus: The benefit of serving chef-quality meals goes well beyond marketing.

Avoid foods that tweak opioid receptors

February 2, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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There are highly nuanced food choices to consider in addiction treatment, such as a diet with reduced sugar and reduced gluten to avoid triggering opioid receptors.

Springstone names new CEO

February 2, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Kentucky-based Springstone has named Robert Maha, MD, as its new chief executive officer. The organization operates 10 behavioral health hospitals in four states with more in development.

Coming to grips with early death

January 29, 2016  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD
blog

Additional research has been done to begin unraveling the answers as to why public mental health clients die, on average, 25 years prematurely. We can reduce the risk of early death for those with depression/anxiety by altering the mediators between mental...

Health Net looking for fraud among treatment centers

January 28, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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In a particularly aggressive move, insurer Health Net is investigating several residential and outpatient treatment centers for alleged fraud in California, asking for documentation to prove certain practices were above board.

Illinois undergoes statewide cutbacks in substance abuse, mental health services

January 28, 2016  |  Julia Brown, Associate Editor
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Lutheran Social Services of Illinois is shutting down several programs because of financial strain caused by the state budget impasse. The nonprofit is still owed more than $6 million.