Nurse leaders at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash., launched their written partnership agreement with drug-addicted infection patients four years ago in their close-observation unit.
Our nation's behavioral health system faces great challenges—from shortages of mental health professionals and inpatient beds to a lack of early intervention and prevention programs.
The University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville requires addicted patients admitted for medical treatment of drug-use associated infections to submit to tough new conduct rules.
Some U.S. physicians would like hospitals to consider opening safe-injection sites on their campuses to reduce the chance of addicted patients overdosing on illicit drugs while receiving medical treatment, as two Canadian hospitals recently have done.
Q&A with CEO Suzanne Richards on KPC Healthcare's financial turnaround, support for behavioral health
KPC Healthcare CEO Suzanne Richards is responsible for a turnaround at her seven-hospital Southern California system, which has taken on increased care for its homeless and behavioral health patient population.
Combining mental health services with primary care can save lives while decreasing costs and increasing quality of care. The passage of the Affordable Care Act opened the door to new patient-centered models of care.
The Senate Finance Committee has dropped, for now, a bill that would ease Medicaid funding for inpatient drug addiction treatment. Still, discussions are ongoing as the House companion version heads toward a floor vote.
Providers aren't using the standardized metrics and tech solutions needed to transition behavioral health into value-based pay models.
Providers, advocacy groups and some policymakers are pressing for stronger enforcement of mental health parity laws. But congressional Republicans and Democrats disagree about giving the federal government more enforcement power.
Michigan will require mental health agencies participating in pilots testing integration of Medicaid behavioral and physical health to contract with one statewide public behavioral health organization.
McKay-Dee Hospital in April 2017 opened a center specifically for patients experiencing a mental health crisis.
Public health experts this week will develop plans to create a more sustainable public health system and move beyond talk of budget cuts.