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Competition seeks tech-based solutions for opioid epidemic

October 19, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
news

The Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge seeks scientific approaches and tech-based solutions for addressing substance use disorders.

Opioid crisis made worse by big-money influence and DEA disablement

October 17, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

Those who are working tirelessly to address the opioid crisis were disheartened by a recent report that describes how profitable drug distributors influenced a policy that reduced the DEA’s ability to stop diversion.

Medicare places few restrictions on opioid prescribing

October 16, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

A study released by researchers at Yale University shows one-third of opioid medications were prescribed with no limitations from Medicare plans.

Administration actions could wreck state insurance marketplaces

October 14, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

The year 2017 has been like no other. In less than six months, the Congress confronted us with four terrible health reform bills. Miraculously, all of these have failed.

Is Medicare 'reform' just a ploy to privatize?

October 12, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

Recent discussions by members of Congress and the Trump administration again have raised the specter of Medicare “reform." Although they lack key details, these talks seem to have two consistent threads: a private locus for program operations and a variable...

Integrity House sees hospital role as timely in fighting opioid crisis

October 12, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
article

Integrity House has partnered with a community behavioral health organization and a medical school to assume operations of a major county-owned hospital in New Jersey

Medicare embraces chronic care management and creates opportunities for behavioral health providers

October 9, 2017  |  Charlie Hutchinson
Perspectives

While behavioral health providers now have a greater opportunity to be involved in a patient’s collaborative care, it’s the responsibility of the providers themselves to ensure they are set up for success in these situations.

Strive Health outpatient facility opens in Pennsylvania

October 6, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
news

Strive Health of Greensburg will offer outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment programming for substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health conditions.

Hill Day discussions focus on funding and workforce issues

October 5, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

During the National Council for Behavioral Health’s annual Hill Day event, 600 stakeholders met with elected officials to advocate for better resources for mental health and addiction disorder treatment.

States’ shortcomings drive reincarceration rates

September 20, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

A study released by the Treatment Advocacy Center asserts that states’ inability to care for those with mental illness who have committed major crimes is driving up rearrest rates and draining public resources.

Another Senate ACA bill up for yet another vote

September 19, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
news

Critics are concerned about how the policy would shift costs to states and ultimately lead to coverage and eligibility cuts in Medicaid programs—just as they were with the previous bills.

Pharma ready to share if it helps beat the opioid crisis

September 18, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

A public-private partnership will advance the creation of new choices for medication assisted treatment for those with opioid use disorders as well as non-addictive drugs for pain.

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