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Leaders call restricting methadone treatment to clinic settings outdated

July 5, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
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A commentary suggests that the Controlled Substances Act should be amended to allow some office-based physician practices to prescribe methadone for opioid dependence.

National Council addresses low SBIRT adoption in primary care

March 26, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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The National Council for Behavioral Health aims to increase SBIRT adoption among primary care clinicians by publishing a step-by-step guide for assessing alcohol and other drug use.

Debunk caricatures of behavioral healthcare

January 26, 2018  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
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An estimated one-third to one-half of persons with disability also experience a comorbid mental health condition, typically depression. And we must challenge the assumptions about this population.

A reflection on mental health and mental illness: Which one should lead the way?

January 9, 2018  |  Ed Jones, PhD
Perspectives

Discard the messaging about mental illness. We don’t really know what we are talking about if the assumption about illness is that we know biological causes. We should go in another direction. Mental health should be more highly valued.

Behavioral health providers shorted by insurers

November 30, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Study finds physical healthcare providers being paid 20% more than mental health/addiction treatment providers on similar claims, raising questions over parity compliance.

Integrated care: a beloved platitude

November 28, 2017  |  Ed Jones, PhD
Perspectives

Integrated care is a slogan. It seems like a high principle, but it is really a ruse or gross exaggeration in most cases, especially when behavioral health is on the table.

How to prioritize behavioral health during disaster recovery

November 20, 2017  |  Barry M. Smith
Perspectives

It serves as a reminder that while disaster recovery efforts must first focus on physical health and safety, it’s also imperative to prioritize behavioral health as a part of disaster recovery.

Murthy: Opioid crisis solution starts with culture change

May 26, 2017  |  Alicia Hoisington
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Vivek H. Murthy, MD, the former U.S. surgeon general, spoke Thursday at a community forum in Cleveland, highlighting the need for all healthcare providers to rethink addiction.

NAATP: Consider emerging operational issues

May 23, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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In the larger healthcare system, addiction providers have a unique position among the specialty segments. A panel of treatment center CEOs shared their insights on several emerging operational issues at the NAATP annual conference.

4 questions we should be asking the White House

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

Rx Summit: Local solutions to crisis require collective effort

April 17, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
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Small counties in California are reducing improper opioid prescribing and are expanding addiction treatment through the efforts of groups that include an insurer and a major foundation.

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.

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