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Defeating the legislative tsunami engulfing health reform

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

I recall not a single time in my entire career when behavioral healthcare, and healthcare in general, have been under greater siege than at present.

4 questions we should be asking the White House

May 15, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

President Trump and HHS Secretary Tom Price have identified three excellent priorities—childhood obesity, mental illness and the opioid epidemic—but their actions seem to be counterproductive. What do you think?

The US Senate can improve health reform

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

The behavioral health community is dismayed by the recent vote in the House to approve the American Health Care Act (AHCA). We hope that considerably more reasonable decisions will prevail in the Senate.

May we address our own mental health

May 8, 2017     H. Steven Moffic

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It's been designated as such since 1949 by Mental Health America. The overall goal has been to convey that mental health is something that everybody in America should care about.

Will you join us in this Herculean effort?

May 1, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Federal officials are choosing deliberately to make it more difficult and more costly for those with pre-existing conditions, those with disabilities, and those who are older to access necessary healthcare. We must work immediately to defeat AHCA.

The least you need to know about McCance-Katz

April 25, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

President Trump nominated psychiatrist Elinore McCance-Katz for a new assistant secretary position, but some wonder if she will transform SAMHSA's accountability as envisioned.

Addiction is still a bipartisan issue

April 20, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

I am reassured that addiction remains a bipartisan issue, which is vitally important in our national dialogue today.

What peers have wrought

April 19, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Peers who have endured the sting and burden of a major mental illness or a severe substance use condition have made remarkable contributions to our field that we must not take for granted.

Why you need to be concerned about the next drug czar

April 12, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Behavioral healthcare stakeholders might have a reason to drop what they’re doing—right now—and get on the phone to anyone in Washington who will listen.

Preserving our moral values in healthcare reform

April 6, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Most Americans that I know do want us to be a moral society that protects those who are vulnerable, those who are disabled, and those who are old. That is who we are. That is who we want to be.

Revitalize strategy and business planning for population health in a time of uncertainty

April 6, 2017     Patrick Gauthier

With the failure of the GOP health policy proposal, we are left not knowing what exactly the healthcare landscape will look like in Trump’s presidency. But, we can still be sure it will change.

Why we need art therapies

April 5, 2017     H. Steven Moffic

Arts therapies can help us to reach patients with schizophrenia, PTSD, TBI and others who need a different way of more comfortably "talking."

Finding common cause between epilepsy and behavioral health

March 30, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Epilepsy should be of great concern to the behavioral health field. The rate of serious mental illness among persons with epilepsy, about 12%, is three to four times the overall rate in the U.S. population.

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.
 

The least you need to know about buprenorphine and PDMPs

March 3, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

In the fragmented healthcare system, prescription drug monitoring programs might be valuable in avoiding opioid prescription fills for buprenorphine patients.

Open your eyes to ethical issues

March 1, 2017     Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

For the future, one of the most pressing questions to ask will be how industry leaders might separate malice from ignorance.

Love seems underappreciated in psychiatry

February 13, 2017     H. Steven Moffic

Love for your profession, your clients, colleagues and staff can be an essential ethical principle and goal for administrators.

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