13 States Cut Medicaid To Balance Budgets
To help balance their budgets, 13 states are cutting Medicaid either by lowering fees paid to medical providers, reducing benefits, or tightening eligibility for the health insurance program for the poor and disabled. Most changes went into effect July 1, though some take effect later this year and [...]
When substance abuse treatment includes a smoking cessation component, it is associated with a 25% increase in long term abstinence from other drugs.*
Disadvantaged populations smoke at a significantly higher rate than the general population and are much less likely to quit – which also means they are affected disproportionately by cancer and other tobacco-related [...]
One of core design principles behind integration with primary care is that behavioral health and primary care providers don’t transform just part of their business practice; they redesign how they treat their entire population and how they do business in partnership with one another. It requires embracing reform and transformation across all staff, operations, programs [...]
Three-year, multi-site pilot will test global payment model for integrated behavioral health care
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo., July 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Colorado Beacon Community partner Rocky Mountain Health Plans (RMHP) will be part of a project to re-envision the role of behavioral health in primary care. If it succeeds, the effort could transform the nation’s [...]
For Immediate Release PRESS RELEASE
HHS Recommends URAC to Accredit Health Plans on Health Insurance Exchanges in All 50 States and DC
In a final rule published in the Federal Register on July 20, 2012, the Secretary of Health and Human Services recommended URAC to serve as an HHS recognized accrediting entity [...]
The Report “Too Significant to Fail: The Importance of State Behavioral Health Agencies in the Daily Lives of Americans with Mental Illness, for Their Families, and for Their Communities,” is part of NASMHPD’s Cornerstones Resource Series, with information to assist state behavioral health authorities in advancing goals and objectives.
The Report is comprehensive in its [...]
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive or SAMHDA site has been revitalized with fresh Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) data.
SAMHDA’s new website allows you to download TEDS–A data, conduct online analyses, develop custom Quick Tables, and view Interactive Maps.
The following changes have been made to the TEDS–A series:
Data files updated [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 17, 2012
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(Tampa, Fla.)— Making even one doctor’s appointment can be challenging. Imagine trying to find the right treatment if you’re depressed, psychotic or addicted. Four regional providers with 165 years of combined experience in behavioral health have announced their intent to merge [...]
Help Your State Make the Best Choices!
July 18, 2012 — The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law has released a new guide to help advocates, providers and state leaders improve health coverage and mental health services in the states. Now is the time to help state leaders understand the benefits of expanding [...]
July 18, 2012
by Ron Manderscheid
Will the states recognize the financial benefits of the 2014 Medicaid Expansion?
Like a most welcome cool breeze on a very hot summer day, the recent Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has reinvigorated our energy and enthusiasm. This should provide wind at our [...]