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How to counteract media bias against treatment centers

November 22, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Mainstream media tends to be biased against providers, painting a grim picture of profiteering and exploitation. But Addiction Campuses found that some outlets are open to the real story of recovery.

Should we be thankful for digital Abilify?

November 21, 2017     H. Steven Moffic

Knowing that the patient is taking the medication may help to determine potential problematic side effects. Of course, this Abilify product with its sensor system could fail at times, misleading all those involved.

Urgent care centers for behavioral health outreach and care activation now emerging

November 19, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Incarceration of those with mental health, substance use, and, more recently, ID/DD conditions has grown dramatically during the past decade. Tonight, just a few days before Thanksgiving, our city and county jails will house about 731,000 persons.

The least you need to know about HHS nominee Azar

November 13, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

President Donald Trump is nominating Alex Azar as his choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Here is the least you need to know about the nominee.

Opioid crisis update from the field

November 9, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

This week’s 2017 National Meeting of the American Public Health Association featured almost a dozen sessions on today’s opioid crisis. My commentary today seeks to provide an overview of where we currently stand in our national efforts to address this profound tragedy.

Google policy is a work in progress

November 8, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Ever since Google changed its policy on AdWords for addiction services, the treatment industry has wrestled with mixed feelings. However, it's important to remember that the policy is still evolving. 

Create a new oath for behavioral healthcare organizations

October 31, 2017     H. Steven Moffic

If we continue to burnout, our patients suffer worse quality of care. When we are burning out, we are exhausted, relate less well, and are prone to more mistakes.

Partnerships between public health and behavioral health move self-management

October 31, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Now, two fields, public health and behavioral health, are beginning to open up the possibilities of working together on population health management.

Should our staff have spa days?

October 16, 2017     H. Steven Moffic

Given the enormous stress of working in disaster relief and the compassion fatigue that can ensue, couldn’t taking care of the caregivers actually help in the long run?

Administration actions could wreck state insurance marketplaces

October 14, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

The year 2017 has been like no other. In less than six months, the Congress confronted us with four terrible health reform bills. Miraculously, all of these have failed.

Is Medicare 'reform' just a ploy to privatize?

October 12, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Recent discussions by members of Congress and the Trump administration again have raised the specter of Medicare “reform." Although they lack key details, these talks seem to have two consistent threads: a private locus for program operations and a variable insurance benefit structure. 

Shocked into action to defeat Graham-Cassidy

September 22, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

The Avalere estimate indicates Graham-Cassidy would take $4.2 trillion out of health by 2036. Virtually all states would experience dramatic federal funding reductions due the progressive, negative impact of the Medicaid per capita caps starting in 2020 and the end of the ACA block grants in...

What if we treat drug overdoses like suicide attempts?

September 21, 2017     Patrick Gauthier

If we could take the best parts of successful civil commitment—immediate treatment, coordinated care and discharge planning—perhaps this may be another way to prevent future drug overdoses.

Oppose the Graham-Cassidy health reform bill

September 18, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Senate Republicans are pushing for a vote on their latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act before the end of the month, and the effects of this latest proposal would be every bit as devastating as its shipwrecked predecessors.

Watch for our nation's post-traumatic reactions

September 18, 2017     H. Steven Moffic

Post-traumatic stress disorders of all kinds are likely to be common in those whose lives were directly affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma as well as for us as clinicians.

NARMH conference tackles the basics

September 10, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

The National Association for Rural Mental Health conference examined: the plight of our rural veterans; homelessness in rural America, particularly for persons with behavioral health conditions; and the crisis in our rural behavioral health workforce.

Model continuum of care for adults with serious mental illness

August 30, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Earlier this week, the SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services convened about two dozen representatives from the field to provide advice to the agency on the development of a model continuum of care for adults with serious mental illness.

Put some context around ACA numbers

August 25, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

As lawmakers seek to stabilize the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplaces, the political rhetoric should be viewed in context.

Don’t let burnout become a total eclipse of the wonders of our work

August 23, 2017     H. Steven Moffic

For the brief eclipse of the sun, the moon was the causative factor. For us at work, it is mainly the systems we work in that disempower us in our quest for healing and impede our light.

Positive health determinants as vaccination and remedy

August 23, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Positive health determinants include factors such as nurturing families for children, social inclusion for adults, job and pay equity, and clean living spaces, among others. In summary: Your zip code is predictive of your health status and your length of life.

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