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Fixing the psychiatrist shortage requires multifaceted solution

March 28, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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It’s ironic that as demand grows for psychiatry services, the supply of providers is at a critical low, according to a new report from the National Council for Behavioral Health. Solutions include enhanced reimbursement and more use of telehealth.

Drug companies investigated by Senate for fueling opioid crisis

March 28, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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A Senate committee is on task to find out whether pharmaceutical manufacturers are to blame for driving opioid prescribing practices that ultimately led to today’s addiction crisis.

National Council adds new leadership

March 27, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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The National Council for Behavioral Health will introduce its first medical director, Joseph Parks, MD, and its recently named vice president of addictions and recovery, Tom  Hill, at its annual conference in Seattle in April.

House bill more about politics than policy

March 24, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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If the American Health Care Act passes the House, the Senate is unlikely to move it forward.

New Vista acquires Avalon Malibu

March 23, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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The Avalon Malibu deal now adds a third brand to the New Vista Behavioral Health portfolio.

Laws boost protections for three-quarter house tenants

March 22, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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 A series of laws recently passed in New York City aim to curb predatory practices of three-quarter house landlords and increase protections for tenants.

High risk pools could include behavioral health patients

March 21, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Proposed health reform legislation allows states to form high risk pools for high cost populations. Such models could be used to help those with mental health and addiction disorders obtain insurance coverage.

IABHC Fund awards two micro-grants

March 21, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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La Frontera Center and Allegheny Health Network are the latest recipients of micro-grants from the Institute for the Advancement of Behavioral Healthcare Fund.

Parity groups seek best practices

March 17, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Pennsylvania was recently chosen to participate in a learning initiative launched under the Obama administration that provides states with practical support to help them enforce parity laws.

Prescription drug misuse impacting workplaces

March 16, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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More than seven out of 10 employers surveyed say their workplaces have been impacted by the misuse of prescription drugs, according to the National Safety Council.

Blogs

Did Obamacare save your life?

March 17, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Many people have come forth to reveal that the Affordable Care Act saved their lives. All of this has raised questions about the early death of persons with mental health, substance use, and intellectual development and disability conditions.

The least you need to know about the repeal and replace bill

March 7, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Everyone’s talking about the healthcare bill House Republicans released Monday night. Here’s the very least you need to know.

Fewer covered, weaker protections, higher costs: ACA repeal plan

March 7, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Six words sum up the House bill released by Republicans last evening in their effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. A quick review suggests the insured population would fall; health insurance benefits would deteriorate; and costs would escalate.

Nurturing self-management

March 3, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

First, we came to understand the key role played by personal health literacy. Then, we added health activation. Now, we are opening chapter three of this trinity—self-management. This often is referred to as self-direction in behavioral health.