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Opioid-related treatment approaches vary by region

June 14, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Data released this week by not-for-profit FAIR Health shows significant variation in treatment approaches for opioid-related diagnoses by location.

SAMHSA: Medication treatment for SUD increases significantly

June 12, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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According to SAMHSA’s latest Behavioral Health Barometer, between 2011 and 2015, methadone use increased by 16%, and use of buprenorphine more than doubled.

Need for buprenorphine demonstrated in Medicaid data

June 7, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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A new brief from the Urban Institute shows that Medicaid programs nationwide have seen increases in buprenorphine prescriptions since the launch of the Affordable Care Act, but trends are higher in expansion states.

D.C. fares worst in drug-related issues

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

First responders leery of seeking mental health help

May 1, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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According to a survey released by the University of Phoenix College of Social Sciences, 39% of first responders say they do not feel comfortable talking to their supervisors about their mental health, and the same number feel there are repercussions for...

Payers prefer objective data on mental health medications

April 14, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Many mental health advocacy groups push for greater input from patients in clinical trials, but new research shows payers are more interested in objective data that measures new medications’ effectiveness.

NAATP releases initial data from outcomes project

April 6, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
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Initial results from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers' Outcomes Pilot Program show a patient population with past experience in treatment and significant mental health concerns.

Shelton named CEO of Centerstone Research Institute

March 31, 2017  |  David Raths
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Researcher and educator Richard Shelton, MD, has been named chief medical officer of Centerstone and CEO of its Centerstone Research Institute.

Ethics Survey: Behavioral health leaders examine industry conduct

March 1, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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It’s difficult to quantify the prevalence of unethical practices in behavioral health, but most agree it's more a case of criminal enterprise than treatment centers gone bad. See the survey results with expert analysis.

Patients with depression favor keeping ACA

February 8, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A higher percentage of patients with major depressive disorder do not want to see the Affordable Care Act repealed, as compared to the general population, according to a study published this week by health network PatientsLikeMe.

Physicians less comfortable discussing mental health than weight

February 3, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A recent study published by SERMO, a social network for doctors, shows more physicians are comfortable discussing weight concerns with patients than mental health issues.

Crossover of mental health and opioid misuse equals 1.5 million adults

January 25, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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According to SAMHSA, in the population of those with serious mental illness, more than 15% had also misused opioids, meanwhile, among those misusing opioids, 13% also reported serious mental illness.

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