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NYC to invest in mental health at Rikers Island jail

By Caroline Lewis, Crain's New York Business  |  April 27, 2016

Better-staffed mental health units, mini clinics and telehealth services are among several features that will soon be put in place to improve healthcare at New York's Rikers Island, Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration announced Tuesday.

Middle-aged whites account for one-third of U.S. suicides

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 23, 2016

Middle-aged white people now account for one-third of all suicides in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Suicide is the nation’s 10th leading cause of death, and the overall rate rose 24% in 15 years.

Q&A: Building the business case for achieving health equity

Q&A: Building the business case for achieving health equity

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 23, 2016

Cara James, director of the Office of Minority Health at the CMS, runs the agency's program for addressing racial health disparities. Modern Healthcare reporter Steven Ross Johnson recently explored the agency's efforts to address healthcare disparities.

Why is CMS examining Medicare coverage for depression treatments?

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 22, 2016

The Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee on Wednesday will discuss and vote on the definition of treatment-resistant depression and advise the CMS on coverage. But stakeholders don't know why they are discussing the issue and they're worried it might mean a drop in coverage.

Funding disagreements stalling health legislation

By Shannon Muchmore  |  April 11, 2016

Efforts are underway in Congress to pass bills on mental health reform, opioid misuse and biomedical advances, but none are likely to make it far until lawmakers can agree on how to fund them.

Who helps fix the caregivers?

Who helps fix the caregivers?

By Lydia Coutre, Crain's Cleveland Business  |  April 11, 2016

A culture of needing to be flawless, invulnerable and strong has left emotionally draining medically cases largely undiscussed, tucked away in the corners of caregivers' minds alongside the daily stresses of long hours, paperwork, self-criticism and mounting requirements. However, in the last...

HHS to review comments on more flexible privacy rules

By Beth Kutscher  |  April 09, 2016

HHS' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is about to begin reviewing comments on its proposed changes that would make it easier to share information about patients in federally funded alcohol or drug abuse treatment programs.

Doctors and nurses join the puppy love

Doctors and nurses join the puppy love

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 09, 2016

The notion of using therapy dogs to help patients cope has been around for decades. But now doctors and nurses at one Chicago hospital are the ones de-stressing by playing with pooches.

Blog: Have an app for opioid addiction? You could win $15,000

By Beth Kutscher  |  March 21, 2016

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is awarding eight cash prizes for apps that can fit into ongoing treatment programs for opioid misuse and provide patients with educational materials and support.

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