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Ruling could spur action to address psychiatric boarding crisis
By Steven Ross Johnson | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Experts hope the recent ruling by Washington state's Supreme Court prohibiting the holding of psychiatric patients in hospital emergency departments while they wait for admission to a certified mental-health facility will prompt policymakers nationwide to address this pervasive problem.
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Mary Lou Mastro: seeking to erase the stigma of mental illness
By Mike Mitka | August 29, 2014
Too often, individuals facing mental health issues feel shame and are reluctant to seek help, fearing stigmatization. Mary Lou “Lou” Mastro has spent much of her career working to change that dynamic.
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Feds investigate Idaho Medicaid contractor for privacy violations
By Idaho Statesman (Boise) | August 29, 2014
A federal agency is investigating whether Optum Idaho, a unit of United Behavioral Health, has violated patient-privacy laws. Optum took over insurance management for Idaho Medicaid's mental-health and substance-abuse patients last fall. Local healthcare providers who treat those patients say Optum...
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Presbyterian Healthcare Services sees higher profitability under Medicaid expansion
By Beth Kutscher | August 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Presbyterian Healthcare Services, the Albuquerque system that has hospital and health plan operations, reported that the state's revamped Medicaid program led to higher profitability in the second quarter of the year.
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Federal directive threatens Oregon Medicaid reform
By Associated Press | August 23, 2014
Officials responsible for implementing ambitious changes to the Oregon HealthPlan are worried a new federal directive could undo the state's Medicaid reform.
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Williams' death sheds light on mental-health issues
By Modern Healthcare | August 23, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Regarding the recent blog post “Robin Williams' death a wake-up call for mental health workers” (ModernHealthcare.com, Aug. 12), as a lifelong advocate and mental healthcare provider, I, on behalf of my colleagues, applaud the efforts of storytellers and journalists such as John N.
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Washington hospitals can't board psych patients in ER
By Beth Kutscher | August 23, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Starting this week, hospitals in Washington state will be prohibited from boarding psychiatric patients in emergency departments while they wait for inpatient beds to open up. The change comes as a result of a state Supreme Court ruling.
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Hospitals in Washington state can't board psych patients in EDs, but where will they go?
By Beth Kutscher | August 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Starting next week, hospitals in Washington state will be prohibited from boarding psychiatric patients in emergency departments while they wait for inpatient beds to open up.
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Emergency care statistics don't tell the whole story, and other letters
By Modern Healthcare | August 16, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
As someone who has worked in the emergency medicine industry for many years, I'd like to offer a different perspective to your publication's portrayal of emergency care than the one presented on the July 28 Data Points page.
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Mental health centers see patient surge
By Virgil Dickson | August 16, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Many behavioral healthcare providers across the country are reporting significantly increased demand for their services because of Medicaid expansion in some states.
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