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Medicare places few restrictions on opioid prescribing

October 16, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A study released by researchers at Yale University shows one-third of opioid medications were prescribed with no limitations from Medicare plans.

Assessment of comorbidities is essential for traumatic brain injury

October 6, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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When considering risks, the behavioral health of a TBI patient must be evaluated both as a symptom of the injury and as a pre-existing condition.

Bipartisan lawmakers seek to extend CCBHCs

October 4, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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On Tuesday, lawmakers in both chambers reintroduced a bill to extend the federal demo for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics to a total of 19 states.

Pharma ready to share if it helps beat the opioid crisis

September 18, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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A public-private partnership will advance the creation of new choices for medication assisted treatment for those with opioid use disorders as well as non-addictive drugs for pain.

Parents unaware of opioid risk for adolescents

September 18, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A study published by Caron Treatment Centers shows fewer parents talk with their children about the dangers of prescription painkillers than those that discuss alcohol, illegally obtained drugs or safe sex.

IABHC grant awards surpass $200K

September 14, 2017  |  BHE Staff
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The Institute for the Advancement of Behavioral Healthcare has now distributed more than $200,000 in micro-grants to not-for-profit organizations treating mental health and addiction disorders.

NARMH conference tackles the basics

September 10, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
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The National Association for Rural Mental Health conference examined: the plight of our rural veterans; homelessness in rural America, particularly for persons with behavioral health conditions; and the crisis in our rural behavioral health workforce.

Healthcare organizations open helplines for those impacted by Harvey

August 31, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Counseling and referrals to other resources are among the free services being provided by phone to those who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Model continuum of care for adults with serious mental illness

August 30, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
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Earlier this week, the SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services convened about two dozen representatives from the field to provide advice to the agency on the development of a model continuum of care for adults with serious mental illness.

FDA evaluating prescription opioid medications for children

August 25, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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The agency will convene a meeting of its Pediatric Advisory Committee in September to discuss the use of hydrocodone or codeine for the treatment of cough in pediatric patients.

Fact File: Payers do their part in opioid crisis

August 24, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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A number of managed care organizations are pursuing programs to reduce opioid overprescribing Here are some of the most recent updates.

Positive health determinants as vaccination and remedy

August 23, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
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Positive health determinants include factors such as nurturing families for children, social inclusion for adults, job and pay equity, and clean living spaces, among others. In summary: Your zip code is predictive of your health status and your length of life...

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