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D.C. fares worst in drug-related issues

May 15, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

Personal-finance website WalletHub distilled 15 different measures into state rankings and found the District of Columbia has the highest prevalence of drug-related issues.

Shatterproof launches SUD treatment task force

April 27, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

Not-for-profit advocacy group Shatterproof, led by CEO Gary Mendell, has created the Substance Use Disorder Treatment Task Force with the hope of putting an influential surgeon general’s report into action.

Cigna reduces opioid prescribing by 12%

April 12, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

Insurance giant Cigna recently reported that use of prescribed opioids has declined 12% among its member population in the past year, almost halfway along its previously announced goal to reduce opioid use by 25% over three years.

NatCon17: U.S. health system lacks value

April 6, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

The U.S. system splits consumers into narrow categories, and that fragmentation alone has led to a significant amount of waste, according to Uwe Reinhardt speaking at the National Council for Behavioral Health annual conference this week.

NatCon17: Behavioral health can get boost from tech

April 3, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

Tom Insel, the former NIMH director and current director of clinical neuroscience at Alphabet Inc.’s Verily Life Services, says a technology revolution could change the landscape of behavioral healthcare.

3 ways to combat negative reviews

March 7, 2017  |  Ruchi Dhami
Perspectives

While consumer reviews can be your greatest strength, the truth is, there are elements that remain out of a business's control. Here are three things you can do to manage reviews.

How to manage bad debt

February 14, 2017  |  Brian Albright
article

With more patients covered under high-deductible plans or Medicaid managed care plans, the new payer mix has shifted more of the burden for payment onto the patient and collection onto the provider.

How to succeed online in 2017

February 2, 2017  |  Andrew Garcia
Commentary

Technology is advancing at a rapid pace, but what trends should be top of mind in the year ahead?

Opioid crisis brings paradigm shift

January 30, 2017  |  Joanne Sammer
article

New approaches to reimbursement for opioid addiction treatment might include measures of evidence-based care protocols as well as patient outcomes.

It’s the clinical model

January 4, 2017  |  Ed Jones, PhD
article

There is no entity promoting the value of psychosocial solutions like psychotherapy, let alone one with the power and wealth of the pharmaceutical industry.

Not-for-profit CEOs command higher salaries

December 20, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

A new survey report from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers reveals 41% variation between for-profit CEO salaries and their not-for-profit counterparts

Insurer notes economic impact of mental health, SUD in communities

November 29, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

Data from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Index, a new measurement tool, identifies health conditions with the greatest impact on communities. Analysis of the data draws a correlation between community health and economic strength.

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