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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.

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...

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.

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.

Pharma doubles down on opioid solutions

September 28, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

On Wednesday, the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis met for the third time in Washington, and heard from a number of drug manufacturers. For its part, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)...

Shocked into action to defeat Graham-Cassidy

September 22, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

The Avalere estimate indicates Graham-Cassidy would take $4.2 trillion out of health by 2036. Virtually all states would experience dramatic federal funding reductions due the progressive, negative impact of the Medicaid per capita caps starting in 2020 and...

States’ shortcomings drive reincarceration rates

September 20, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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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.

The opioid emergency declaration is not dead

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

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that the notorious state of emergency declaration is still in play, but remember that practical developments are on hold until federal officials complete the legwork.

Oppose the Graham-Cassidy health reform bill

September 18, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

Senate Republicans are pushing for a vote on their latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act before the end of the month, and the effects of this latest proposal would be every bit as devastating as its shipwrecked predecessors.

During Recovery Month, do the next right thing

September 14, 2017  |  Linda Rosenberg
Perspectives

Let’s keep doing the next right thing, not just during Recovery Month, but every month, until...

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