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Data Points for Feb. 9, 2015

Data Points for Feb. 9, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 07, 2015

Data Points for the week of Feb. 9, 2015, covered the following topics: healthcare costs, mental health, healthcare reform, flu, health savings accounts.

Mental healthcare legislation gives boost to inpatient care

Mental healthcare legislation gives boost to inpatient care

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  January 31, 2015

Behavioral health stakeholders are uniting behind a bill first introduced in 2013 by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), a psychologist who spent more than a year holding hearings on mental illness after the Sandy Hook shootings. But while many professional and patient-advocacy groups back the measure, others...

L.A. County moves closer to consolidating health agencies

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 16, 2015

Los Angeles County voted this past week to further consider the integration of its public health and mental health agencies its Department of Health Services, which runs the county's hospitals and clinics. But mental health advocates are concerned that mental health treatment won't be a major...

Kaiser mental health staff plans California strike

By Associated Press  |  January 03, 2015

Hundreds of Kaiser Permanente's mental health professionals plan to go on a weeklong strike in California starting Jan. 12 to protest what they say is the health care provider's failure to offer timely, quality mental healthcare.

Miami sentencing adds to prison toll from major mental health fraud scheme

By Lisa Schencker  |  December 09, 2014

Licensed nursing assistant Rodolfo Santaya was sentenced in Miami to 150 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $18.2 million in restitution in connection with a Miami mental health company accused of fraudulently billing Medicare, according to the Justice Department.

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