Foundation Report on Access to Mental Health Care Illustrates Severe Problems in Emergency Departments

Government funded psychiatric hospital beds are dwindling. If you’re unfamiliar with the trend, see the Treatment Advocacy Center report by clicking here…

If you’re familiar with the issue, think about the next logical place mental health crises present…the Emergency Department. Psychiatric patients make up 7 to 10 percent of emergency room visits, said a 2012 study [...]

The Great Migration: Behavioral Health Providers Learning to do Business with Insurance and Managed Care Companies Have Options

Patrick Gauthier

The Affordable Care Act (reform) puts into play a massive shift or migration of otherwise uninsured populations to Health Insurance Marketplaces (formerly known as “Exchanges”) and Medicaid Expansion (by way of some of form of partnership with managed care organizations and/or organized and integrated delivery systems like Health Homes). Consequently, mental health [...]

First National Survey of Hospital Readiness to Participate in ACOs Shows Promise For Strengthening Care Coordination

Commonwealth Fund

Contact(s): Mary Mahon Public Information Officer TEL 212-606-3853, cell phone 917-225-2314, mm@cmwf.org and Bethanne Fox Senior Associate 301-448-7411, bf@cmwf.org

A nationwide survey of nearly 1,700 hospitals examining their readiness to form accountable care organizations (ACOs) found that 13 percent are participating in, or planning to participate in, ACOs in the next year, according to [...]

Hundreds of Providers Selected to Participate in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              Contact: CMS Media Relations Group

January 31, 2013                                                                                                      (202) 690-6145

CMS Announces New Initiative to Improve Care and Reduce Costs for Medicare

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that over 500 organizations will begin participating in the Bundled Payments for Care [...]

CMS Adds 106 New ACOs Nationwide – Total CMS Approved ACOs Now Over 250

For Immediate Release: Thursday, January 10, 2013 Contact: CMS Media Relations 202-690-6145 MORE DOCTORS, HOSPITALS PARTNER TO COORDINATE CARE FOR PEOPLE WITH MEDICARE PROVIDERS FORM 106 NEW ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATIONS

Doctors and health care providers have formed 106 new Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in Medicare, ensuring as many as 4 million Medicare beneficiaries now [...]

HHS Releases Rules: Essential Health Benefits, Actuarial Value, and Accreditation Standards – Ensuring Meaningful, Affordable Coverage

The health care law, the Affordable Care Act, contains a number of provisions that ensure that Americans have access to quality, affordable health insurance.

On November 20, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a proposed rule that helps consumers shop for and compare non-grandfathered private health insurance options in the [...]

NQF Endorses Behavioral Health Measures

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOV 05, 2012

CONTACT: Erin Weireter 202-478-9326 press@qualityforum.org

Washington, DC – the National Quality Forum (NQF) Board of Directors has endorsed 10 quality measures focused on behavioral health, addressing issues such as alcohol and tobacco abuse, antipsychotic medication adherence, and post care follow-up after hospitalization for [...]

New Initiative to Optimize Behavioral Health Business Operations

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 8, 2012

For more information contact:

Becky Vaughn, 202.546.4600 or bvaughn@saasnet.org

Washington, DC- As an additional 30 million people become eligible for health insurance that covers mental health and addictions treatment beginning in 2014, behavioral health provider organizations across the country can join new [...]

Online Toolkit Aims to Support Mental Health Providers Serving Veterans in the Community

September 27, 2012 WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs has developed a new online Community Provider Toolkit (www.mentalhealth.va.gov/communityproviders) aimed at delivering support, therapeutic tools, and resources to community providers treating Veterans for mental health concerns. “Many Veterans seek mental health care at VA, yet many also choose to go to providers in their community,” [...]

Health Care Law Increases Number of Behavioral Health Providers Serving Veterans and Service Members

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 25, 2012 Contact: HHS Press Office (202) 690-6343

Affordable Care Act grants also help military personnel, veterans and families

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced a new program, made possible by the Affordable Care Act, which will boost the number of social workers and psychologists who [...]