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Journal Cover   Behavioral Healthcare
  [SJR: 0.105]   [H-I: 4]   [4 followers]  Follow
    
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   ISSN (Print) 1931-7093
   Published by Vendome Group Homepage  [4 journals]
  • Medicare plan launches addiction services for seniors
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: SCAN Health Plan has added a program for older adults that provides screening, assessment, counseling, brief therapy and action planning for individuals who may have SUD. Independence at Home, which is operated by SCAN Health Plan, has added a new program for older adults that provides screening, assessment, counseling, brief therapy and action planning for individuals who may be misusing alcohol, drugs or prescription medication. read more
      PubDate: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:58:17 +000
       
  • Acadia adds 7 treatment centers
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: Acadia recently closed the long-awaited CRC deal and now is adding Wisconsin?s Quality Addiction Management facilities to its growing portfolio. Acadia Healthcare announced that it has purchased the stock of Quality Addiction Management (QAM) for approximately $53 million. QAM operates seven treatment centers in Wisconsin, providing behavioral and addiction treatment services to approximately 2,600 patients per day. read more
      PubDate: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:43:59 +000
       
  • HHS Sec Sylvia Burwell meets with Behavioral Health Stakeholders and
           invites an agenda for the final two Obama years
    • Authors: Ron Manderscheid
      Abstract: On Friday, February 27, our Behavioral Health Stakeholder Group was privileged to meet with HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell and SAMHSA Administrator Pam Hyde to discuss major current needs in the mental health and substance use care fields.  On Friday, February 27, our Behavioral Health Stakeholder Group was privileged to meet with HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell and SAMHSA Administrator Pam Hyde to discuss major current needs in the mental health and substance use care fields. In a spirited discussion with the Secretary, four areas were highlighted and needs identified: the Affordable Care Act and Parity; Care Integration and Value Purchasing; the Opioid Issue; and Workforce Needs. read more
      PubDate: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:21:16 +000
       
  • Senior populations change the dynamic
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: Even if you don?t treat older adults right now, consider the sheer number of potential patients who really need care. My great aunt passed away recently at the age of 107. As much as I’d like to think her secret to a long life—chocolate truffles and romance novels—is what helped her live to be a supercentenarian, I’m pretty sure medical advances in the last century helped to make a difference too. read more
      PubDate: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:49:47 +000
       
  • Northeast holds potential for AAC
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: American Addiction Centers has finalized a variety of expansions over the past few months and indicates growth potential in the Northeast. With its new capital influx, American Addiction Centers (AAC) has been on a spree, finalizing a variety of expansions over the past few months. In its fourth quarter earnings call, AAC leadership provided some detail on future growth areas. read more
      PubDate: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:13:10 +000
       
  • National data show stabilization in opioid use
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: New findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention?s survey note that opioid use has leveled off at 6.9%. Data from a national survey indicate that while use of opioid analgesics doubled from the 1988-1994 time period to 2011-2012 time period, opioid use levels have stabilized in recent years. Other findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention?s (CDC?s) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) include that opioid use rates were higher among older adults than younger adults, higher among women than men, and lower among Hispanic adults than non-Hispanic whites or blacks. read more
      PubDate: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:16:03 +000
       
  • Tight budgets push centers to consider managed care contracts
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: Knowing the true per patient cost is the only way for a program to evaluate whether it has adequate reimbursement coming in and whether it’s able to deliver a return on the payer’s investment. Treatment facilities continue to feel the pressure of high patient demand while reimbursements and government incentives remain low. Many facilities are exploring the potential of private payers, although that process can have costs of its own. In order to stay competitive, programs must devise new ways to keep cost per patient in check without sacrificing quality. Especially in residential programs, where operating a facility 24/7 can create ever-rising administrative expenses. read more
      PubDate: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:59:44 +000
       
  • Policy could eliminate insurance denials
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: Senate Bill S2180, a sweeping access proposal, could put an end to utilization management review for behavioral health services in New Jersey. Providers in New Jersey are optimistic about state senate bill S2180, which would no longer allow managed care organizations to apply utilization management to behavioral healthcare services. It’s an extreme measure. If passed, it would be the first statute to require insurers to cover treatment without prior approval or fail-first protocols. In other words, if a licensed provider recommends five weeks of residential treatment, for example, the patient’s insurance company would automatically be obligated to cover it out of medical necessity. read more
      PubDate: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:42:03 +000
       
  • Smartphones top enabler of patient engagement
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: Younger generations are more likely to use the ubiquitous smartphone to track health and engage in care plans. While consumers traditionally hold personal health information close to the vest, the trend is showing a shift toward more open exchanges between clinicians and patients, according to the 2015 Pulse of Online Health survey from Makovsky/Kelton. The poll surveyed consumers on general healthcare attitudes. Smartphones are the primary enablers of patient engagement in health and increased access to helpful content related to their conditions. Sixty-six percent of consumers say they would use a mobile app to manage health-related issues. read more
      PubDate: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:55:47 +000
       
  • Recovery residences gain a foothold on college campuses
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: From coast to coast, more universities are looking to partner with providers that can offer a sober living environment for recovering students. A new sober living facility slated to open in July 2015 will accommodate up to seven University of California Santa Barbara students, according to NoozHawk.com. The recovery residence is operated by The Haven at College. read more
      PubDate: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:58:24 +000
       
 
 
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