News Release: May 15, 2013
By: Elizabeth Eaken Zhani, Media Relations Manager
(OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. – May 15, 2013) Joint Commission-accredited behavioral health care organizations that are establishing behavior health homes as part of nationwide efforts to expand and improve health services will soon have a certification option.
Beginning in January 2014, The Joint Commission [...]
Medication nonadherence is getting much more attention as a common and costly problem. JAMA reports that 30% to 50% of US adults are not adhering to long-term medications leading to an estimated $100 billion in preventable costs annually. The issues with medication adherence are akin to other health-related behaviors, such as adherence to diabetes treatment plans and [...]
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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced a nearly $1 billion initiative that will fund awards and evaluation to build on the Obama administration’s work to transform the health care system by delivering better care [...]
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Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS) has released findings from a detailed analysis of health insurance enrollment data. As of year-end 2012, findings illustrate the growth in the number of health insurance plan enrollees along with enrollment shifts due to preparations for impending health reform-related deadlines.
The research and data [...]
Lately, AHP advisors have been working in tandem with clients on projects that are illuminating a very natural sweet-spot for mental health and substance use disorders treatment professionals: Care Coordination. This function is emerging rapidly out of a need among Patient Centered Medical Homes, Medicaid Health Homes and Medicare Accountable Care Organizations [...]
Release from Ron Manderscheid
On April 18, the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) sent a letter to the Chair and Ranking Members of the Senate Finance and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committees addressing several aspects of mental health services in the context of the Medicaid program. The purpose of the letter was [...]
The following report was prepared by Sue Bergeson, VP, Consumer Affairs, OptumHealth. It describes and summarizes the research that suggests peers are a vital asset in the behavioral health care delivery system. One caution for readers and advocates for this trend is thinking through how payers in the commercial insurance sector will view and interpret these [...]
Starting in 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will result in over 20 million people enrolling in private insurance coverage through health insurance marketplaces (or exchanges). These private plans, called “Qualified Health Plans” (QHP) must meet standards for inclusion of “Essential Community Providers” (ECPs) in their provider networks. ECPs serve predominantly low-income, medically underserved [...]
Physician-led accountable care organizations (ACOs) now outnumber ACOs led by hospitals. Physician-led ACOs tend to be smaller, serving roughly one-half the number of enrollees as hospital-based ACOs. As for the record-setting pace of ACO launches, there are now 428 ACOs operating nationwide. Of the 428, 176 are supported by private insurance while 203 serve and [...]
Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care (MMIC) has been selected by the State of Arizona as the Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) for the state’s most populous county, Maricopa County. The contract, one of the largest behavioral health contracts in the nation, will begin Oct.1, 2013 for a three-year term, with options for two one-year extensions.