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Rx Summit: Unlikely political duo teams up for science-based care

April 19, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
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Newt Gingrich and Patrick Kennedy have at least one thing in common: an absolute reverence for brain research that can inform solutions to the opioid crisis.

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.

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.

Network adequacy echoes parity laws

March 6, 2017  |  Jill Sederstrom
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One of the reasons for network inadequacy is that many mental health providers feel the reimbursement rates being offered by insurers are too low, and they’d rather not accept insurance.

Why we must shift from qualitative to data-driven treatment

November 22, 2016  |  Jennifer Steiner
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In an industry historically reliant on broad treatment options and anecdotal outcomes, data is the key to the future of mental healthcare and already is opening new doors for our industry.

Parity panel offers steps to treat mental disorders like other disease

October 31, 2016  |  Kaiser Health News
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Even if the recommendations of the task force are successfully implemented, true parity will only come from erasing the lines between “mental” and “physical” healthcare.

The least you need to know about the parity task force report

October 28, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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The federal parity task force issued its recommendations this week, calling for better support to implement and enforce the laws.

Taking much-needed action on parity

October 28, 2016  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
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We salute President Obama for convening the task force, the task force itself for producing a very well-reasoned action report in a very short period of time, and the Kennedy Forum for serving as the clarion voice of advocacy.

New York might be setting the parity precedent

October 21, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Treatment centers nationwide would be well advised to study New York’s model because we might ultimately see the federal government tell every state to follow its example.

Significant challenges remain in enforcing parity laws

October 5, 2016  |  Jill Sederstrom
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Experts remain optimistic about the future of parity, even though the implementation process will be slow to bring significant change to the behavioral healthcare industry.

Some states fund comparatively low percentage of buprenorphine costs

September 22, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Advocates for Opioid Recovery recommends that governors investigate how their state Medicaid programs are covering opioid recovery treatment.

Insurer drops drug screen requirement for hep C coverage

September 13, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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As part of a $300 million settlement, UnitedHealthcare will no longer require policyholders to demonstrate abstinence from drugs and alcohol for six months before receiving coverage for a costly hepatitis C medication.

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