New York City will spend about $850 million over the next four years to improve mental-health services and expand access to care. The figure includes $305 million in new city spending on behavioral health.
Last week, research on several fronts, timed for release during the annual American Heart Association meeting, raised serious questions about how the nation spends about $200 billion each year on cardiac care.
Amid the institutional labs, offices and classrooms of Rennebohm Hall, home to the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Pharmacy, lies a room with an oversized sofa, nature scenes on the walls, a chime and drum on an inlaid table and meditative music floating from overhead speakers.
Close to three-quarters of California Medicaid patients identified with having severe mental illness are not being adequately screened for diabetes despite a higher likelihood of chronic disease in that population, a new study found.
Doctors-in-training face long, stressful hours, sleepless nights and a high risk of depression and suicidal thoughts, but often are too stoic and time-starved to seek help. A study suggests online self-help behavior therapy could be a solution.
The U.S. death rate has been falling for decades, but researchers have detected one group in which the rates have been steadily ticking up—middle-aged white people. Suicides and deaths from drug overdoses and alcohol abuse are being blamed.
A bill set for markup in the House this week could implement funding restrictions on states that do not have assisted outpatient therapy laws. Some experts say it has been unfairly labeled as questionable.
Dr. Georges Benjamin. executive director of the American Public Health Association, discusses the social determinants of health, and his organization's approach to reducing gun violence and addressing climate change. He spoke with Modern Healthcare reporter Andis Robeznieks.
The legislation seeks to clarify privacy rules to ensure that providers know they may share some diagnostic and treatment information with parents and other caregivers. Experts say legal concerns about sharing information between behavioral and primary-care providers hamper treatment coordination.
Healthcare officials and policymakers are bringing attention to poverty, violence, drinking and driving and climate change as they become increasingly relevant to public health.
In Charleston, W.Va., Obama also called for more access to medication such as buprenorphine, which can treat opioid addiction.
Behavioral health advocates say Florida Gov. Rick Scott needs to do more than pump $19 million into mental illness and substance abuse programs in order to address problems in the state. Florida ranks 49th out of 50 states in per capita spending on behavioral health.