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.
Fixing the nation's broken system of care for millions of Americans suffering from mental illness and drug addiction has risen to the top of Congress' agenda. The big question is whether lawmakers will have enough time to tackle the issue during the lame-duck session.
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...
Acadia Healthcare, the nation's largest for-profit owner of psychiatric hospitals, is embarking on a strategy of entering joint ventures with not-for-profit hospital systems to open psychiatric beds.
Hundreds of UnitedHealthcare beneficiaries can sue the insurer as a class over its mental health coverage, a California federal judge ruled Monday.
Mental health reform legislation has stalled in Congress because of funding disagreements, but a mental health plan from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is leading to more discussion of the issue on the campaign trail.
A shortage of mental health professionals has hampered access to psychiatric services across the country, especially for veterans and military families. While the VA has increased hiring, some groups are trying to recruit a promising cadre of new workers to the profession: military spouses.
No one has articulated a strategy for removing the estimated 350,000 mentally ill people incarcerated in the nation's jails and prisons. And no one is talking about how to fund a sharp increase in the number of long-term psychiatric beds in hospitals and other institutions. They clearly are needed.
The Democratic candidate for president calls for more investment in early identification of mental illness as well as robust prevention efforts.
In recent years, social media sites have tried to take a more active role in promoting mental health, with mixed results. Now the Manhattan-based blogging site Tumblr is taking a discussion-oriented approach.