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Mass. lawmakers discuss behavioral healthcare crisis

Mass. lawmakers discuss behavioral healthcare crisis

By Andis Robeznieks  |  July 04, 2015

Lawmakers in Massachusetts are debating bills that seek to reduce boarding of behavioral health patients in hospital emergency departments and to keep them from being housed in correctional facilities.

Illinois budget battle clouds mental-healthcare merger

By Adam Rubenfire  |  July 04, 2015

Nashville-based behavioral healthcare provider Centerstone has completed its merger with WellSpring Resources, a mental-health provider based in Alton, Ill., but leaders are concerned that the newly combined business will be affected by a protracted budget battle in the Illinois Legislature.

Collaboration helps vets with traumatic brain injuries heal

Collaboration helps vets with traumatic brain injuries heal

By David Hovda  |  July 04, 2015

Since 2001, nearly 320,000 American soldiers, sailors, airmen and women, Marines and Coast Guard personnel have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury. But if all works out, by the end of 2016 four new military sites will be providing cutting-edge care for TBI.

Medicaid plans struggle to provide mental health services

Medicaid plans struggle to provide mental health services

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 04, 2015

As low state reimbursement rates drive mental health providers away from Medicaid, managed-care plans taking over some state programs are looking for creative ways to deliver a service that many see as key to holding down overall costs.

VA hospital that once treated Civil War veterans could close

By Associated Press  |  July 03, 2015

Perched atop a bluff in the remote Black Hills, a veterans hospital built of thick blocks of pink sandstone and topped with red-tiled roofs in a Spanish mission style overlooks the tiny town of Hot Springs, S.D., and has provided recovering soldiers a bucolic haven for more than a century.

Massachusetts seeks to address mental healthcare crisis

By Andis Robeznieks  |  June 29, 2015

Lawmakers in Massachusetts on Monday discussed bills that seek to reduce boarding of behavioral health patients in hospital emergency departments and keep them out of correctional facilities.

Hospitals train staff to spot victims of human trafficking

Hospitals train staff to spot victims of human trafficking

By Maureen McKinney  |  June 20, 2015

Experts who have studied human trafficking say a victim's most promising lifeline could be a healthcare provider. That's why a number of hospitals and health systems around the country have launched training programs for their staff on how to identify and treat trafficking victims.

Blog: The devil is in the details of mental health laws

By Andis Robeznieks  |  June 17, 2015

During shared stories about the devastation of mental illness on families and the strides made in recent years, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) opposed a reference in a proposed law that appears in a different bill she has co-sponsored.

Push to change HIPAA provisions gains ground with dueling House bills

By Andis Robeznieks  |  June 17, 2015

Two House bills address obstacles to sharing information of mentally ill patients with concerned relatives and caregivers. One proposes loosening restrictions on record sharing. The other suggests clarification of what kind of information can be shared.

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