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Mental Health Disorders Complicate Standards for Readmissions

Co-existing psychiatric illness should be considered in assessing hospital readmissions for three common medical conditions used by Medicare and Medicaid to penalize hospitals with “excessive” readmission rates: heart failure, acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and pneumonia, according to a new collaborative … finish reading Mental Health Disorders Complicate Standards for Readmissions

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Over One-Third of Hospitalization Costs in Low-Income Communities Associated with Behavioral Health

Poverty, behavioral health issues, and poor ambulatory care contributed to more than a third of hospitalization costs in 13 low-income N.J. communities, amounting to $880 million in annual inpatient costs, according to a new Rutgers study. Mental health disorders and … finish reading Over One-Third of Hospitalization Costs in Low-Income Communities Associated with Behavioral Health

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BCBS of Illinois Specialty Intensive Medical Home Targets Most Critically Ill

Designed to improve patient access, care coordination and illness management, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) has launched the first specialty intensive medical home (IMH) program in the state with the Illinois Gastroenterology Group (IGG), the state’s largest … finish reading BCBS of Illinois Specialty Intensive Medical Home Targets Most Critically Ill

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NCQA Issues 5 New Standards for Patient-Centered Medical Homes

Behavioral health and care management for high-need populations are among the latest updates to the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) medical home standards, PCMH 2014, according to NCQA. The standards, which NCQA uses to assess primary care practices (PCPs) … finish reading NCQA Issues 5 New Standards for Patient-Centered Medical Homes

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AHRQ Evidence-based Guide Helps Implement Health Assessments in Primary Care Settings

Many behaviors that are problematic but treatable are going unnoticed because of the infrequent use of health risk assessments (HRAs), according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Designed to help … finish reading AHRQ Evidence-based Guide Helps Implement Health Assessments in Primary Care Settings

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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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Three Levels of Health Coaches Provide Individualized Engagement

HealthFitness’ integrated health coaching approach aligns individuals with the right coaching service at the right time. Key to their philosophy, explains Dr. Dennis Richling, M.D., chief medical and wellness officer at HealthFitness, is the utilization of three types of professional … finish reading Three Levels of Health Coaches Provide Individualized Engagement

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NQF Endorses 10 Behavioral Health Measures

The National Quality Forum (NQF) has endorsed 10 quality measures focused on behavioral health, including such issues as alcohol and tobacco abuse, antipsychotic medication adherence, and post care follow-up after hospitalization for mental illness. Behavioral health refers to a state … finish reading NQF Endorses 10 Behavioral Health Measures

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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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