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Patient advocates back Senate bill’s approach to privacy

September 19, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

The Legal Action Center is among the advocacy groups concerned that 42 CFR Part 2 changes contained in the House’s opioid bill could harm patient confidentiality.

Senate opioid bill passes, but industry leaders lament shortcomings

September 18, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

Industry groups are disappointed over a lack of additional funding and the exclusion of 42 CFR Part 2 reform, and have also called for the removal the IMD exclusion for Medicaid patients.

5 essential healthcare policy questions for candidates

September 17, 2018  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

As Election Day approaches, knowing where candidates stand on critical issues impacting our capacity to deliver care in the future is critical.


RAND center seeks deeper dive into opioid policy effectiveness

September 12, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor

Among its efforts, the RAND Opioid Policy Tools and Information Center will explore why certain opioid-fighting strategies work well in some communities but not others.

NARMH conference calls attention to behavioral healthcare availability in rural areas

August 27, 2018  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

New Orleans never disappoints and neither does the National Association for Rural Mental Health annual summer conference. When the two came together this past weekend, the effect was electric.

Let’s stop stigmatizing each other for the sake of our field

August 24, 2018  |  Deni Carise, PhD

Providers should be working together, encouraging everyone to be their best and to get to the best evidence-based, effective treatment outcomes for those we serve.

NCAD: Executives drive home value of data and ethics

August 21, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

The role of useful data, the reputation of the addiction treatment industry, and patient-centered integrated care were hot topics Tuesday at the National Conference on Alcohol & Addiction Disorders.

NCAD: Payer audits, crisis communications highlight executive sessions

August 20, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

Presenters weigh in on the importance of controlling your organizational narrative in times of crisis, how to avoid payer audits, technology considerations and sober home standards.

An urgent call to mental health caregivers to help treat climate concerns

August 9, 2018  |  H. Steven Moffic

Psychiatrists, and other mental health disciplines, have an ethical principle to address social issues which adversely affect public health and mental health. 

Single-payer and single-measure – but not single-price – a winning combo

July 27, 2018  |  Ron Manderscheid, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

If we are to enjoy the benefits of a single-payer system without falling into the trap of a single-price system, we also must develop a single-measure system.

Recovery support now has a place in Missouri state budget

July 17, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor

Operators of recovery support services in Missouri for the first time have pushed successfully for a line item in the state's budget.

Experts debate 42 CFR Part 2’s role in today’s world

July 16, 2018  |  Alicia Hoisington

Although changes to 42 CFR Part 2 took place in recent months, the rule has always been top of mind for treatment centers. And now that legislation passed in June to align privacy for substance-use-disorder patients with HIPAA, the rule continues to make...


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