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Journal Cover Behavioral Healthcare
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     ISSN (Print) 1931-7093
     Published by Vendome Group Homepage  [4 journals]   [SJR: 0.105]   [H-I: 4]
  • FACT FILE: Update on Virginia’s psychiatric bed registry
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: The registry was a decade in the making but still needs improvement, according to lawmakers BACKGROUND: In April, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed legislation to create a registry—updated in real time—to track available psychiatric beds for patients under custody orders. The registry had been proposed a decade ago, but it wasn’t until State Senator R. Creigh Deeds lost his son to suicide that the plan moved into implementation. The registry went live in early March. read more
      PubDate: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:51:22 +000
  • 1 million enrollees stuck in Medicaid limbo
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: Consumer groups are suing the state of Tennessee for failing to fix ongoing enrollment problems for more than 1 million people who are entitled to Medicaid coverage Three consumer advocacy groups filed a class-action lawsuit Wednesday accusing Tennessee officials of adopting policies that are depriving thousands of people of Medicaid coverage “to score political points.”   read more
      PubDate: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:16:58 +000
  • ICYMI: Congressional leaders set up test to unplug IMD exclusion
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: Congresswoman Fudge and the nine co-sponsors of an IMD exclusion bill introduced in the house believe the project will create a model to expand community-based treatment options for those who need it.  Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH) introduced the Breaking Addiction Act of 2014 (H.R. 5136) on July 17, which would create a five-year demonstration project that allows federal reimbursement to “community-based Institute for Mental Disease” (IMDs) for substance-abuse treatment under Medicaid in up to 10 states. The bill specifically states that the IMD exclusion is a barrier to care and that Congress should reconsider it. read more
      PubDate: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:38:41 +000
  • Will Your Zip Code be fateful for your health'
    • Authors: Ron Manderscheid
      Abstract: Negative social determinants, such as poverty and lack of education, increase the likelihood that one will be exposed to trauma—physical, emotional, sexual. Although we cannot prevent it, we can reduce its negative effects Periodically, we need to remind ourselves about the very important role that social determinants play in everyone’s health, including our own. Social determinants are those things that diminish our life chances, such as poverty, or enhance them, such as social supports. In turn, our life chances greatly influence our health. Indeed, your ZIP code can be fateful for your health. If you live in a ZIP code where most people are very poor or near poor, then subtract 5 years off of your life expectancy. read more
      PubDate: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:32:17 +000
  • Medicaid authorization hampers access to antipsychotics
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: One study shows Medicaid cost-cutting policies that require prior authorization for atypical antipsychotics can lead to negative downstream effects According to a study in the American Journal of Managed Care, when a state has Medicaid prior authorization requirements before enrollees can receive atypical antipsychotic drugs, there is a greater likelihood that an imprisoned resident will display psychotic symptoms or report a prior diagnosis of schizophrenia. The estimate shows that the probability an inmate displays symptoms increases by 2.7 percentag read more
      PubDate: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:00:33 +000
  • Find a home for patients’ personal items
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: Patients often become fixated on their personal belongings or might need to retrieve a forgotten personal item, requiring staff to dedicate patient-care time to retrieving patient belongings. The design of behavioral health facilities often requires unique innovations for common problems faced by caregivers on a daily basis. The best solutions are often the ones that are simple, elegant and durable. read more
      PubDate: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:31:59 +000
  • ICD-10 and DSM-5: The language and coding conundrums
    • Authors: Lisette Wright
      Abstract: How do we reconcile the language differences for consistency? I recently had a very interesting conversation with someone about the new DSM-5 codes. Or maybe it was about the ICD-10 codes for behavioral health. Or perhaps it was about both. read more
      PubDate: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:47:37 +000
  • 2014 Behavioral Healthcare Very Honorable Mention Pam Womack
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: Pam Womack has created a specialized model of care for those in poverty who also have mental illnesses, offering case management, psychiatry, mobile crisis services, 24-hour walk-in assistance, and integrated care. Pam Womack, MHC CEO Mental Health Cooperative Nashville, Tennessee   read more
      PubDate: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:09:24 +000
  • 2014 Behavioral Healthcare Very Honorable Mention Raymond V. Tamasi
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: A pioneer in the field, Ray Tamasi was among the first in the industry to recognize the value of opiate-blocking medication therapy. Raymond V. Tamasi President and CEO Gosnold on Cape Cod Falmouth, Mass.   Over the past 42 years, Ray Tamasi has led Gosnold on Cape Cod from its start as a small detox unit to its current status as a regional resource for treatment and education. Now with 55 beds,  female and male residential treatment programs, seven outpatient sites, a rehabilitation program and two gender-specific residences, Gosnold is still working toward the future. read more
      PubDate: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:04:50 +000
  • 2014 Behavioral Healthcare Very Honorable Mention Theresa Fawvor
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: Among her achievements, Theresa Fawvor was instrumental in launching four mental health crisis clinics in underserved areas. Theresa Fawvor, LCSW Senior Director, Behavioral Health Services Memorial Hermann Health System   Houston, Texas Theresa Fawvor leads the Behavioral Health Services initiatives for Memorial Hermann Health System, and under her leadership, a specialized psychiatric response team treats more than 6,000 crisis patients annually across nine hospital emergency departments. The assessment program has served as a model for other organizations across the country. read more
      PubDate: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:56:46 +000
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