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Patients benefit from having voice in treatment planning

June 26, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Engaging clients in dialogue during treatment planning and implementation can improve the odds of better outcomes, Robert Matylewicz, DO, FASAM, medical director at Clarity Way Inc., told attendees of the Summit for Clinical Excellence event Monday in...

The Smile: Trading lives for premium rebates and tax reductions

June 22, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
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On Thursday, the Senate released its healthcare bill. The shroud hiding the underlying calculus has disappeared like the smiling Cheshire cat of yore. All that remains is the smile.

The least you need to know about the Senate healthcare bill

June 22, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Whether the Senate version of health reform policy that was released as a draft today is a viable option will be decided by Congress as early as next week. Here is the least you need to know.

'Heartless' Senate bill slashes Medicaid, offers $2 billion in opioid funds

June 22, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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President Trump said the Senate bill should have more “heart,” but industry experts reviewing the draft after its release today don’t believe it contains any heart at all. For one, the bill would end Medicaid expansion in 2020.

Insurers not providing sufficient evidence of parity act compliance

June 22, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A recently analysis finds insurers are not providing consumers or state regulators with adequate documentation about their plans’ mental health and addiction treatment benefits.

Christian addiction treatment center opens in Atlanta

June 20, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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RiverMend Health has announced the opening of Atlanta Addiction Recovery Center, a treatment facility that incorporates Christian principles into treatment of addiction and co-occurring disorders.

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.

A criminal justice service sector is emerging

June 8, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
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Today, our traditional four-sector service structure for behavioral health care is undergoing radical change. A criminal justice sector is emerging as a new fifth sector of care.

New bipartisan bill revisits IMD issue

June 7, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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The Medicaid Coverage for Addiction Recovery Expansion (CARE) Act would allow Medicaid payment to residential addiction treatment facilities with up to 40 beds—an increase over the current 16 bed limit. It would also allow for treatment services for up to...

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.

'Cruelty wrapped in a lie'

May 29, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
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I am outraged, simply outraged, by the administration’s proposed federal budget for 2018, released earlier this week. I believe that you are too.

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