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New York moves to stop gay conversion therapy for youths

By Associated Press  |  February 07, 2016

New York is taking steps to stop therapists from trying to change young people's sexual orientation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday, joining a number of states that have acted against what's known as gay conversion therapy.

Tackling the social determinants of health

Tackling the social determinants of health

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 06, 2016

Urban public health departments are launching a number of new initiatives to address the social determinants of ill health, which are now seen as a contributing factor to the social unrest of recent years. Experts say such efforts represent an evolution of the core mission of public health...

New Mexico Senate passes version of 'Kendra's law'

By Associated Press  |  February 06, 2016

A year after a similar bill died amid partisan bickering, the New Mexico Senate passed a proposal Friday that would require some state residents with severe mental illness to receive court-ordered outpatient treatment.

Proposed privacy rule changes may leave substance-abuse patients vulnerable

By Joseph Conn  |  February 05, 2016

HHS weighed in Friday on yet another federal argument against patient control and in favor of more fluid information sharing. The agency proposes modifying a key federal privacy rule covering patient records for drug- and alcohol-abuse treatment, and by default, behavioral health.

Screen for depression on admission

Screen for depression on admission

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 30, 2016

Since 2014, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has routinely screened all admitted patients for depression, making it one of the first U.S. hospitals to do so. About 1% of the patients screened are found to be at risk for suicide, which hospital leaders say would have been hard to detect in the past.

Kudos to Dr. Hanna-Attisha for leading the way in Flint, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 30, 2016

Regarding the article “Doctor researching Flint lead was approved for study in two days," kudos to Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Hurley Medical Center for standing firm on this matter, to continue to ring the bell on the truth—for the good of the Flint, Mich., community, which deserved...

Task force urges depression screening for all U.S. adults

Task force urges depression screening for all U.S. adults

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 26, 2016

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has expanded its recommendation for depression screening to all U.S. adults over the age of 18, including pregnant and postpartum women. Experts say raising a red flag about depression is just the first step in securing treatment for patients.

Hospitals under pressure to cut readmissions for minorities, poor

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 26, 2016

The CMS is pushing hospitals to establish more aggressive care plans and to team up with non-medical personnel such as social workers in a new guidance aimed at reducing readmissions for minority and low-income Medicare enrollees.

Support grows for Medicaid pay for mental health institutions

By Shannon Muchmore  |  January 20, 2016

Lawmakers and mental health advocates agreed during a Senate hearing Wednesday that Medicaid should pay for short-term stays at residential mental health facilities as part of the broader goal of improving access to such services.

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