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     ISSN (Print) 1931-7093
     Published by Vendome Group Homepage  [4 journals]   [SJR: 0.105]   [H-I: 4]
  • Census Bureau says health costs inching up
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: Health spending grew by 3.7% over one year, which is less than previous federal projections Doctors and hospitals treated more patients and collected more payments in the spring as millions gained insurance coverage under the health law, new figures from the government show. But analysts called the second-quarter increases modest and said there is little evidence to suggest that wider coverage and a recovering economy are pushing health spending growth to the painful levels of a decade ago. read more
      PubDate: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:52:30 +000
       
  • Creative programs offer memorable moments
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: Music is more than just a nice passtime, it?s a tool for healing among patients, clinicians and even members of congress The image that has always stayed with me from September 11, 2001, was the gathering of members of congress on the steps of the Capitol Building, singing “God Bless America.” Every time I hear that song, I relive the scene of the men and women, unrehearsed, singing together—not exactly in-tune, but with incredible heart. read more
      PubDate: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:22:52 +000
       
  • Learning to love literacy about our personal health
    • Authors: Ron Manderscheid
      Abstract: What should one do to promote good physical health, good mental health, and good social health? Since the advent of Healthy People 2020 and the Affordable Care Act, answers to these questions actually have become feasible.  As we enter the Health First Era (see http://www.behavioral.net/blogs/ron-manderscheid/personal-and-social-wellbeing-are-foundation-our-health-first-era), all of us will need to improve our personal health literacy. Although this term is used very infrequently in behavioral health, it is, nevertheless, exceptionally important. read more
      PubDate: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:10:24 +000
       
  • Berwick sees the possible in healthcare
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: Former CMS Administrator Don Berwick says the payment system is all wrong in spite of many people trying to do what?s right I have a lot of heroes in my life—people who have walked a journey of recovery exhibiting courage and strength beyond imagination, people who against all odds have started recovery programs that really work and have great results. Some heroes inspire me to be my best self. They are the people who set a consistent example of excellence, who, through their example, show the rest of us that we are capable of being and giving more than we thought possible. read more
      PubDate: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:04:58 +000
       
  • Gut feelings are the deciding factor in e-cigarette debate
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: Electronic cigarettes can be seen as harm reduction or just a new way to experience nicotine Debates examining nicotine and its related health issues seem to come in waves. From C. Everett Koop’s seminal report on the addictive nature of nicotine in 1988 to the recent New England Journal of Medicine article (September 4, 2014) that suggests electronic cigarettes might prime the brain for a more dramatic response to cocaine, the healthcare community continues to seek answers. read more
      PubDate: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:42:27 +000
       
  • Kaiser drops appeal of $4 million mental health fine
    • Authors: curata
      Abstract: It is the second-largest penalty ever handed down California?s managed-care regulatory agency found that many Kaiser patients seeking mental health services had to wait weeks for care. Kaiser?s Sept. 9 response indicates it disagrees with that analysis, while accepting the $4 million penalty nonetheless.  The organization tracks wait times, which many plan providers aren?t able to do, so Kaiser is claiming the department is applying unfair standards. In addition, new policies are in place, for example, to better utilize electronic tracking of appointments rather than handwritten waiting lists. read more
      PubDate: Tue, 09 Sep 2014 20:46:37 +000
       
  • Young people involved in Recovery Month
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: The younger generation is ready to take on local communities in grassroots advocacy efforts As NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, last week honored the 25th year of Recovery Month, the group representing counseling professionals also was pleased to share the billing with individuals who have a much shorter history in the community. read more
      PubDate: Tue, 09 Sep 2014 19:35:07 +000
       
  • Jail offers voluntary naltrexone in re-entry program
    • Authors: curata
      Abstract: Officials say it?s the first program in the country for re-entry transitions While judges are increasingly sentencing drug- addicted offenders to naltrexone programs, Massachusetts officials say a unique re-entry strategy is the first voluntary program in the country.  According to Reuters,  recently released data indicates that out of more than 100 inmates in Barnstable County?s program over the past two years, only 21 percent have been re-incarcerated, a significant improvement over national averages which reach 70 percent re-arrest rates. read more
      PubDate: Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:54:09 +000
       
  • Integration trend drives accreditation outlook
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: CARF, the Joint Commission, COA and ACHC are examining today?s trends in the context of accreditation Accrediting organizations are paying close attention to the evolution of integrated care, raising the bar on what they expect from providers. Meanwhile, states have their own licensure rules, and managed-care Medicaid payers have accreditation expectations for programs to qualify for reimbursement. In fact, the state-contracted, commercial payer requirements of Medicaid providers have increasingly driven behavioral healthcare organizations toward accreditation. read more
      PubDate: Thu, 04 Sep 2014 16:06:48 +000
       
  • Family doctors expect 30% more behavioral health patients
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: The expansion of Medicaid and the availability of coverage through the insurance exchanges will drive more treatment and drug therapy Managed care organizations (MCOs), psychiatrists and primary care physicians (PCPs) anticipate a significant increase in demand for drugs treating major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, according to Decision Resources Group. read more
      PubDate: Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:39:34 +000
       
 
 
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