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An urgent call to mental health caregivers to help treat climate concerns

August 9, 2018  |  H. Steven Moffic

Psychiatrists, and other mental health disciplines, have an ethical principle to address social issues which adversely affect public health and mental health. 

The least you need to know about the federal takedown

June 29, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

On Thursday, federal agencies announced their largest ever healthcare fraud enforcement action with 601 defendants charged for alleged fraud totaling an estimated $2 billion. Here’s the least you need to know.

Giant House bill includes sober home policy

June 22, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

A comprehensive opioid bill passed in the House on Friday. It would direct some of the $4 billion that Congress previously approved as part of a long-term spending deal.

House IMD bill specifies payment for opioid and cocaine patients only

June 21, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The House passed a bill on Wednesday that would allow Medicaid to pay for treatment in inpatient facilities with more than 16 beds. However, it still imposes significant limitations.

Federal legislation would establish sober home best practices

June 21, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

A bill passed by the U.S. House and currently under consideration in the Senate would be the most significant effort to regulate sober living facilities at the federal level in recent memory.

Raids cause larger concern for MAT prescribers

May 31, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Some industry observers believe certain federal actions in the past few months have simply gone too far. In recent cases, agents executed search warrants on MAT providers with no clear rationale.

House seeks intimate details from call centers about business practices

May 31, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The House Energy and Commerce Committee sent letters to the executives of eight call center organizations, asking more than two dozen questions about referrals, payment structure, disclosures, paid ads and more.

Settlement clarifies discrimination for buprenorphine use

May 17, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

A Legal Action Center expert says a recent settlement sets a precedent, indicating that refusing to treat individuals solely based on their addiction disorders will be considered discrimination.

VA approves telehealth across state lines

May 16, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Contributing Editor, and Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has issued a final rule that allows providers to offer telehealth services to veterans in other states, waiving state provider licensing requirements.

TCEM 18: Capitalize on new federal funds

April 30, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

With new federal funding made available this year, treatment organizations can take advantage of $3.3 billion in grant programs earmarked for the opioid crisis.

The least you need to know about the Senate HELP committee opioid bill

April 24, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The Senate HELP Committee passed S. 2680 unanimously on Tuesday. Here's the absolute least you need to know.

The rural conundrum turns critical

April 13, 2018  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Rural communities are approaching a perfect storm with a major farm crisis looming and an aging population. Opioid and other drug problems also continue to escalate, and many rural communities face frequent and tragic overdose deaths.


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