The 2008 parity law requires insurers pay for mental and behavioral health services. But that's an empty promise if patients must wait a year for an appointment.
Congress took an important first step in improving the nation's struggling system of care for millions of Americans suffering from mental illness and drug addiction by including a sweeping package of mental healthcare and addiction treatment reforms as part of the 21st Century Cures Act.
A federal judge on Friday granted class-action status to a lawsuit filed by Alabama inmates who claim the state is failing to provide constitutionally adequate mental health treatment.
Last week's Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health did a grave disservice to Americans rightfully upset about the rising tide of drug and alcohol dependency in their communities.
Inspired in part by the meth campaign, the hospital jolted parents—and stirred up plenty of criticism— with TV ads and billboards featuring pictures of overweight children, many with messages that subtly criticized parents. One, for example, said, “Big bones didn't make me this...
The trauma surrounding exposure to gun violence is not disputed, especially among children. In 1995, the CDC reported that kids who had four or more adverse childhood experiences, such as experiencing or witnessing a shooting, were more likely to smoke, drink, abuse drugs and engage in unsafe sex.
Regarding the article “When physicians burn out, solutions are elusive,” as long as physicians are seen purely as the economic engines of healthcare, as “producers,” where value and worth is equated purely to production and productivity, burnout will be rampant.
When physicians burn out, solutions are elusive. Support groups can't counter the root causes of a crisis
Healthcare systems, practices and medical schools are deploying an array of tactics to help physicians cope with the unique stress of modern medicine. Some programs offer regular moments of reflection, connection with other doctors or other sources of catharsis.
Health systems are asking California voters to approve Proposition 52, which would permanently extend Medi-Cal's hospital fee program. The fees paid by hospitals generate billions in federal matching funds that subsidize healthcare services for children, seniors and low-income citizens.
Having worked in mental health for 30-plus years, led systems in three states and chaired President George W. Bush's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, I greatly appreciate the cover story on mental health reform in last week's issue of Modern Healthcare (“Mental health rises to top of...
Mental health parity in insurance coverage won't overcome the barriers to access presented by providers who continue to reject third-party reimbursement.
A year after cutting off his left ear, suffering subsequent breakdowns and spending time in an asylum, Vincent van Gogh died of a gunshot wound—an apparent suicide. The world has wondered ever since what ailed him. Recently, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam created a full exhibition and...