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Pennsylvania needs more than public health emergency

January 16, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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The treatment community says the governor's emergency declaration is a positive step but doesn't do enough to address long-term recovery and quality of care concerns.

Incorporating community into our model of well-being and illness

January 11, 2018  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
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Thirty-five years ago, we discovered that well-being and illness are not the two ends of a single continuum. But we now realize that this model is incomplete. To move forward, we need to add a third dimension: community, which unfortunately was neglected.

Drug overdose deaths soar nationally but plateau in some Western states

January 8, 2018  |  Kaiser Health News
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The opioid crisis on the East Coast and in the Midwest has fueled a national surge in drug deaths, even as fatal overdoses have decreased or remained stable in parts of the West, new federal data show.

BayMark buys 15 New England centers

January 8, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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BayMark Health Services has acquired 15 opioid treatment facilities from Health Care Resource Centers, located in three New England states. The transaction also includes a management deal.

UHS acquires three centers in Mississippi

January 3, 2018  | 
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Universal Health Services is acquiring three not-for-profit facilities in Mississippi, including a 109-bed inpatient center.

Best hopes for 2018

December 27, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
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The holidays emphasize what we all hold dear: our families, our friends, much gaiety, a shared dinner, gift exchanges, and camaraderie. These are the same values we want to emphasize in our behavioral health community.

7 predictions for an unpredictable new year

December 21, 2017  |  Patrick Gauthier
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Politically, economically and legislatively, 2017 was a tumultuous year. Our predictions for the 2018 healthcare market and some practical recommendations for action are described below.

Maybe some words should be banned from CDC use

December 19, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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There are words that addiction professionals agree should be banned from the lexicon of healthcare stakeholders. In light of the CDC uproar, we have a renewed opportunity to again advocate for a ban on stigmatizing words.

HHS civil rights office launches Cures Act initiatives

December 19, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights has launched a series of HIPAA-related actions that fulfill requirements of the 21st Century Cures Act.

Agenda calls for action to fix mental health system

December 15, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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According to a report to Congress from the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee, today’s fragmented system must revolutionize and begin to offer coordinated, whole-person care.

A clearer NAATP ethics code may shut some members out of organization

December 11, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
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The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) appears poised to make 2018 a signature year for weeding out unethical business conduct.

DEA operation flags 26 potentially rogue pharmacies

December 6, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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An operation conducted by the DEA’s Los Angeles field division has identified 26 pharmacies in southern California, Hawaii and Nevada that are suspected of violating the Controlled Substances Act.

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