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Policy advocate assisting states with comprehensive responses

July 10, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor

The Addiction Policy Forum's Blueprints project is seeking to drive policy change at the state and local level.

Celebrating a decade of the Parity Act

July 9, 2018  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

October will mark the 10th anniversary of the enactment of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. The road to its implementation has been rocky, but ultimately worthwhile.

Leaders call restricting methadone treatment to clinic settings outdated

July 5, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor

A commentary suggests that the Controlled Substances Act should be amended to allow some office-based physician practices to prescribe methadone for opioid dependence.

New opioid use measure added to health plan data set

July 3, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor

A measure that is being added to the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) will evaluate health plan members' risk of continued opioid use.

The least you need to know about the federal takedown

June 29, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

On Thursday, federal agencies announced their largest ever healthcare fraud enforcement action with 601 defendants charged for alleged fraud totaling an estimated $2 billion. Here’s the least you need to know.

Giant House bill includes sober home policy

June 22, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

A comprehensive opioid bill passed in the House on Friday. It would direct some of the $4 billion that Congress previously approved as part of a long-term spending deal.

House IMD bill specifies payment for opioid and cocaine patients only

June 21, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The House passed a bill on Wednesday that would allow Medicaid to pay for treatment in inpatient facilities with more than 16 beds. However, it still imposes significant limitations.

Federal legislation would establish sober home best practices

June 21, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

A bill passed by the U.S. House and currently under consideration in the Senate would be the most significant effort to regulate sober living facilities at the federal level in recent memory.

Rosecrance earns Aetna Institute of Quality designation

June 12, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

The private, not-for-profit provider has been added to the insurer’s directory of behavioral health organizations that meet standards for care and commitment to continuous improvement.  

If there is one suicide sign you shouldn’t ignore, this is it

June 12, 2018  |  H. Steven Moffic

Improvements in depression or anxiety without an apparent, sound reason can signal internal struggle is still ongoing.

Transform our shock into action

June 12, 2018  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

The deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, combined with alarming new statistics on suicide rates in the U.S., show it is time to reassess our suicide prevention strategies.

Center for Discovery opens eating disorder outpatient program

June 7, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

Discovery South Bay Los Angeles will provide partial hospitalization, day treatment and intensive outpatient eating disorder treatment programs for adolescents and adults.


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