Category Archives: Mental Health

Final 2014 CMS Physician Payments Support Care Outside Face-to-Face Visits

A final rule setting payment rates and policies for 2014 is focusing on improved care coordination, including a major proposal to support care management outside the routine office interaction, according to CMS. The final ruling also includes other policies to … finish reading Final 2014 CMS Physician Payments Support Care Outside Face-to-Face Visits

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Pediatric Mental Health Diagnoses Jump 30 Percent in Last Four Years

Pediatricians are seeing an increase in behavioral health problems among children, including sharp increases in Attention Deficit Hypertension Disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, and eating disorders, according to a study from athenahealth, Inc. According to the report, growth in ADHD is … finish reading Pediatric Mental Health Diagnoses Jump 30 Percent in Last Four Years

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Study Shows Public Funding for Behavioral Health Treatment Critical in Tough Times

A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows the importance of public funding for mental health services and substance abuse during difficult economic times, when it helps those who might otherwise be unable to … finish reading Study Shows Public Funding for Behavioral Health Treatment Critical in Tough Times

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Can We Talk? Pharmacists Playing Key Role in Improving Medication Adherence

The role of the retail pharmacist as hovering behind a counter unaccessible to all is a distant memory, says Dr. Janice Pringle, director of the program evaluation research unit at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. The pharmacist is … finish reading Can We Talk? Pharmacists Playing Key Role in Improving Medication Adherence

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Study Highlights Need for Medical Homes to Identify Mental Health Disorders at Young Age

Despite the known prevalence of mental health issues that emerge during adolescence, nearly half lack a medical home, which could provide them with the appropriate treatment, says a new study from UCSF’s Department of Pediatrics. According to experts, approximately 20 … finish reading Study Highlights Need for Medical Homes to Identify Mental Health Disorders at Young Age

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Dementia More Costly to Nation than Heart Disease or Cancer

The monetary cost of dementia in the United States ranges from $157 billion to $215 billion annually, making the disease more costly to the nation than either heart disease or cancer, according to a new RAND Corporation study. The greatest … finish reading Dementia More Costly to Nation than Heart Disease or Cancer

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SAMHSA Grants to Expand Access to Substance Abuse Treatment Providers via HIT

SAMHSA has awarded more than $4 million in new grants for health information technology (HIT) to extend access to substance abuse treatment providers to underserved populations. The six grants will be used to leverage technology to expand the capacity of … finish reading SAMHSA Grants to Expand Access to Substance Abuse Treatment Providers via HIT

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1 in 5 Americans Suffered Mental Illness in 2011: SAMHSA

One in five Americans aged 18 or older experienced mental illness in the last 12 months, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The rate of mental illness was … finish reading 1 in 5 Americans Suffered Mental Illness in 2011: SAMHSA

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