TMS therapy for depression
The FDA has cleared
Neuronetics, Inc.’s NeuroStar TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) Therapy system for treating depression. The therapy is indicated specifically for treating major depressive disorder in adults who have failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from one prior antidepressant medication at or above the minimal effective dose and duration in the current episode.
The system is the only TMS device FDA cleared for treating depression. TMS is a nonsystemic, noninvasive form of neuromodulation. It stimulates nerve cells in a brain area linked to depression by delivering highly focused MRI-strength magnetic pulses. The therapy is contraindicated in patients with implanted metallic devices or nonremovable metallic objects in or around the head.
Patients do not require anesthesia or sedation and remain awake and alert. A psychiatrist prescribes the 40-minute outpatient procedure, administered daily in his/her office for 4 to 6 weeks. NeuroStar TMS Therapy initially will be available only at a limited number of treatment centers.
Volunteer accident insurance coverage
Philadelphia Insurance Companies offers volunteer accident insurance through its partnership with Life Insurance Company of North America, a CIGNA Company. The insurance is available to nonprofits, including social service and mental health organizations, as well as and substance use rehabilitation facilities. The company provides up to $100,000 in accident medical expense coverage.
Eating disorder program for boys
Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating and Anxiety Disorders has announced the opening of Reddstone, a Remuda Program for Boys. The program treats boys ages 17 and younger struggling with anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder. It follows the Remuda Model of Treatment based on a bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework.
The boys remain in treatment for a minimum of 60 days. Each boy has a team of professionals who not only treat the eating disorder but also addresses co-occurring issues such as depression, anxiety, substance use, or trauma.
Management training book
Derek Jansen, Donald Jones, and Roya Rezai have written
Building Management in Healthcare by the Numbers. The book provides an overview of the information new and experienced managers need to be effective in their roles.
The book is divided into three key sections. “Management 101” presents an outline of principles of management, personnel supervision, and budgeting. “The CMS 411” provides an overview of Medicare and Medicaid. “Compliance 911” addresses managers’ roles in ensuring accountability in an era of increased regulation and enforcement.
Parenting and child custody tool kit
UPenn Collaborative on Community Integration has developed a free tool kit for parents with serious mental illnesses called Helping Behavioral Health Clients with Parenting & Child Custody Issues. The resource is designed to help parents who have lost custody or are at risk of losing custody of their children, help parents in recovery with parenting issues, and offer guidance for professionals.