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Patients with depression favor keeping ACA

February 8, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
news

A higher percentage of patients with major depressive disorder do not want to see the Affordable Care Act repealed, as compared to the general population, according to a study published this week by health network PatientsLikeMe.

FAQs: What new SAMHSA confidentiality regulations mean to you

February 3, 2017  |  Walter H. Boone
article

SAMHSA recently published its long-awaited final rules governing confidentiality of patient records for substance abuse disorders. Here is what treatment centers need to know about them.

Physicians less comfortable discussing mental health than weight

February 3, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

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.

Christie aims to nix prior authorization for opioid treatment

February 2, 2017  |  Joanne Sammer
article

Legislation advances that would mandate 180 days of inpatient and outpatient substance-abuse treatment without prior authorization.

How to follow the money in ACA repeal and replace

February 1, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
blog

Future healthcare policy will undoubtedly be driven by cost, whether it’s the Trump administration’s anticipated replacement for ACA or the iterations of adjustments down the road.

Gaining essential perspective on the new administration

January 31, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

Now with a new administration, it will be very important for us to pause, reflect and determine our next steps. The hoped for output from this exercise will be development of a laser-like focus on what is important, while ignoring all the noise.

5 myths about the HIPAA Privacy Rule

January 25, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

Debunking common misnomers about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, specifically related to mental health information

What will Medicaid reform say about our society?

January 12, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

Members of the new Congress and administration have expressed a strong desire to “reform” Medicaid, although specifics are quite scarce. An effort will be made to change Medicaid to some type of fixed federal payment.

Good people don’t smoke marijuana

January 12, 2017  |  Andrew Kessler
Perspectives

Do we have a war on weed? We have made progress convincing policymakers that morality has little to do with substance use disorders, yet, our future attorney general does not appear to share this belief.

Providers remain concerned about ACA repeal

January 10, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

County behavioral health service providers are especially uneasy about a wholesale repeal of ACA and what the near future might bring without a practical transition plan.

7 things we’ll remember about 2016

December 28, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
blog

From Trump to CARA, 2016 was a record-setting year on a number of health policy fronts. Here's our list of highlights.

Eliminate, rename or replace the ACA?

December 27, 2016  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

Within a few days after the new year, we likely will be confronted with an effort to “repeal” the Affordable Care Act. I put the word in quotes, since it is entirely unclear what repeal will mean.

 

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