Mental health services don’t exist in a vacuum. They are deeply influenced by developments in the greater health care landscape. These stories will give you an idea of what’s going with the Affordable Care Act, the health care workforce, efforts at institutional reform, government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, system-wide weakness in the provision of care, and efforts to address racial and ethnic disparities.
Clinic staff say they’re hearing such worries a lot these days from their mainly Latino clientele. Many patients are worried about losing their access to health care and about possible deportation.
Health care professionals at provider organizations that had fully adopted electronic health records (EHRs) were more likely to screen for depression when compared with health care professionals who used paper charts.
Experts and advocacy groups warn mental health issues are under-diagnosed for older people, and those suffering anxiety and depression often do not know where to find help.
We think it is important to hold up some of the claims “of failed policies” in Congressman Murphy’s letter against the facts so that a more productive discussion of behavioral health policy can result.
House Republicans’ proposal to rewrite federal health-care law would more than reverse the gains the Affordable Care Act has made in the number of Americans with health insurance, while curbing the federal deficit, according to a widely anticipated forecast by congressional analysts. Read more.
“The entirety of the disability community, people with developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, psychological disabilities, veterans, seniors, are are all coming to the table to condemn and push back against these utterly wrongheaded proposals.” Read more.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input on approaches to improve pediatric care. Through the RFI, CMS is specifically seeking input on approaches to improve the quality and reduce the cost of care for children and youth enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Read more
The transgender-specific services were a logical extension of the organization’s larger mission, a product of growing recognition of the LGBTQ community’s needs, and are intended as repudiation of the tone set at the Capitol.
Many chronic care patients arrive in primary care with mental health needs. They should be able to obtain physical and mental health care at the same time in the same facility, but traditional payment models do not support that aim.
The Republican-led House proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act could hurt millions of Americans who suffer with mental illness or substance abuse because it rolls back the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, say four GOP Senators.
New official figures show that barely one in four of the prisoners who received care last year were transferred within the supposed maximum two weeks.
“The conditions are deplorable… these victims are voiceless, they might as well be children.”
More than half of parents with children in mental health hospitals do not feel their child’s mental health improved while in care, claims a new survey. A quarter think that their child’s mental health has “deteriorated”.
“Generally across the board states don’t fare well on mental health,” says Theresa Nguyen, vice president of policy and programs for Mental Health America. “Access to services is really poor.”
Neglecting youth mental health could significantly impact global socio-economic conditions. Youth experiencing mental health challenges may not find stable employment forcing them out of the workforce, affecting professional revenue to support national financial growth.
Family doctors are failing patients with eating disorders by not spotting symptoms and not making referrals to specialist services. Eating disorder charity B-eat, which quizzed 1,420 patients, blames a lack of training on the issue at medical school.
Among older adults with subthreshold depression (insufficient levels of depressive symptoms to meet diagnostic criteria), collaborative care compared with usual care resulted in an improvement in depressive symptoms after four months, although it is of uncertain clinical importance, according to a study.
The Affordable Care Act was a game changer for community clinics. It has enabled them to get reimbursement for much more of the care they provided, because more of their patients now had private insurance or were on Medicaid.
MDLive originally launched behavioral health services in November 2014. The company reports it has since conducted more than 50,000 virtual mental health visits and is now available to more than 10 million Americans.
A recent review of the literature demonstrates that collaborative care models are particularly well suited to treating depressed women in non-mental health settings.
Hospital that subjected elderly people with mental health issues to ‘institutional abuse’ under spotlight
The independent report on the mental health ward included testimony from patients’ families, who said their loved ones were treated like “animals.”