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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]
  • Insurance commissioner fixes mental health denials
    • Authors: curata
      Abstract: The Washington insurance commissioner is serious about holding managed care to mental health parity laws Health insurers in Washington state were challenged for imposing categorical exclusions on mental health services, and now many of them are not only obligated to change their policies, they?re also being scrutinized for denied claims going back as far as 2006, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. read more
      PubDate: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:04:57 +000
  • Some anti-inflammatory medicines shown to benefit schizophrenia treatment
    • Authors: curata
      Abstract: Researchers have found a possible link between certain common medications and patient response to typical treatment for schizophrenia A new study shows that some treatments such as aspirin and estrogen can improve the efficacy of existing schizophrenia treatments.
      Authors say the analysis, presented at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology conference in Berlin, pulls together the data from 26 controlled trials and provides significant evidence that some (but not all) anti-inflammatory agents can improve symptoms of patients with schizophrenia. read more
      PubDate: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:01:32 +000
  • Global-pay model integrates behavioral health
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: Under Colorado?s Medicaid Prime, the local health plan makes global payments to participating primary care practices and expects them to integrate behavioral health providers on their care teams In western Colorado, community health workers are now providing non-medical support services such as grocery shopping or driving patients to physician appointments—tasks not reimbursed in a fee-for-service model, but beneficial for patients nonetheless. The new services are just a small example what’s different about Medicaid Prime, a two-year pilot launched in September that replaces the traditional fee-for-service model with comprehensive, population-based payments in seven participating counties. read more
      PubDate: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:41:58 +000
  • Flu scares me more than Ebola
    • Authors: Julie Miller
      Abstract: I wish the mainstream media would be as concerned about the flu as they are about Ebola You’ll be pleased to hear that I successfully traveled between the Cleveland airport and the Houston airport this week without panicking over the Ebola virus. As you know, Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person in the United States to die from the Ebola virus was diagnosed in Dallas, and Amber Joy Vinson, the nurse who ultimately contracted the virus from treating Duncan, recently traveled to Cleveland for a weekend visit with family, prior to being diagnosed. read more
      PubDate: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:18:58 +000
  • Addictions emerge as the nation's #1 public health crisis
    • Authors: anonymous
      Abstract: We need not wait for the next high-profile overdose death to realize that addictions have emerged as America’s biggest public health crisis, nor should we stop asking tough questions The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from a drug overdose earlier this year has faded from the headlines, and the Twitter feeds from fellow celebrities urging people with addictions to get help have stopped. Those suspected of supplying the actor with drugs have been arrested.  read more
      PubDate: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:09:11 +000
  • Are you ready for round two of ACA open enrollment'
    • Authors: Ron Manderscheid
      Abstract: Here are some resources to help you prepare. What will you do to help others? Here are some resources to help you prepare. What will you do to help others? Do you know how to enroll or re-enroll an uninsured person through your state health insurance marketplace or Medicaid expansion? Here is some relevant background information: read more
      PubDate: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 01:23:04 +000
  • Increased health risks, premature death linked to patients with psychosis
    • Authors: Julia Brown
      Abstract: Researchers say that a combined physical and mental healthcare approach is needed to improve treatment and prevention. Patients diagnosed with psychosis are at high risk for developing health issues that could lead to premature death early on in their mental illness, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry. Researchers found that increased risks of heart disease and metabolic issues, such high blood sugar, in first episode psychosis patients are due to a combination of three things: read more
      PubDate: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:15:02 +000
  • Proposed bill could mandate drug testing for college athletes in Ohio
    • Authors: Julia Brown
      Abstract: Ohio would be the first state to require testing and set penalties for college athletes caught using illegal substances if the measure passes.   Newly proposed legislation in the Ohio House of Representatives, House Bill 633, could subject athletes attending private and public colleges in the Buckeye State to mandatory drug testing. Repeat offenders would receive team suspensions and also would lose any state-supported financial aid. Introduced Oct. 8 with bipartisan support, the bill would require drug testing to be administered during annual physicals and prior to participation in any championship games. read more
      PubDate: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:23:51 +000
  • Marijuana breathalyzers coming soon to a roadside near you
    • Authors: Charlene Marietti
      Abstract: Breathalyzers at the roadside overcome challenges by law enforcement officers who currently struggle to identify cannabis impairment.  Neuroscience researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm have concluded that exhaled breath can provide a high rate of detection for most commonly abused substances, much as it does now for alcohol. read more
      PubDate: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:03:02 +000
  • Clinicians see potential of mobile apps
    • Authors: Charlene Marietti
      Abstract: Technology adoption and use among mental health clinicians seriously lags behind other healthcare usage. Might mobile apps be the change agent? According to a survey of 401 mental health professionals conducted this summer by Sigma Research Group, fewer than half reported using mental health practice management software. read more
      PubDate: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:22:48 +000
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