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Problems at Waco VA draw attention from Congress
Associated Press | October 18, 2014
A Texas congressman says Veteran Affairs mental health research will be reviewed after a newspaper found millions of squandered dollars at a Waco facility just as brain injuries were spiking among U.S. service members.
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CMS monitors Baylor's efforts to curb high rate of 'eloped' psychiatric patients
By Sabriya Rice | October 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Baylor University Medical Center has until Oct. 22 to show the CMS it has addressed lapses allowing significant numbers of untreated psychiatric patients to walk out of the emergency department without staff being aware of their absence.
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Mentally ill shouldn't be treated in ERs: civil rights panel
Steven Ross Johnson | September 30, 2014
Hospital emergency departments need to do more to identify and transfer mentally ill patients to appropriate facilities for care, a new government report says, but it falls short of recommending how healthcare providers can address a continuing shortage of available inpatient beds in mental health...
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Telemedicine can bridge gaps in Indiana's mental-health services, panel told
Associated Press | September 26, 2014
Providing psychiatric care through an encrypted computer video link is helping some providers treat the mentally ill in rural sections of Indiana where little or no care is available, doctors and officials told a legislative study committee Thursday.
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Reform Update: Using Medicaid for prisoner healthcare saves states millions
Virgil Dickson | September 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
States around the country are taking advantage of a once little-used policy that allows them to bill Medicaid for the healthcare expenses of prisoners who leave a correctional institution for treatment.
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Congressional action needed to address mental-health crisis, and other letters
Modern Healthcare | September 13, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
As the CEO of a community hospital in North Carolina, I and my staff are challenged professionally, ethically and emotionally by the dire plight of mental-health patients in our community.
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CMS dispenses $60 million in outreach grants
Paul Demko | September 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Ninety organizations in 34 states will receive $60 million in federal grants to help with outreach efforts during the second open enrollment period under the federal healthcare law, the CMS announced Monday.
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Washington state Supreme Court grants stay on psychiatric boarding ban
Associated Press | September 06, 2014
The Washington state Supreme Court on Friday unanimously agreed to give the state more time to find beds in psychiatric hospitals for mentally ill patients who have been involuntarily committed because they were a danger to themselves or others.
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Costs block millions from seeking mental-health treatment
Virgil Dickson | September 04, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Millions did not seek treatment for mental-health and substance-abuse issues last year, not because they didn't want to address their problems, but because they lacked insurance coverage or couldn't afford it, according to a report released Thursday by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services...
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Mary Lou Mastro: seeking to erase the stigma of mental illness
Mike Mitka | August 29, 2014
Too often, individuals facing mental health issues feel shame and are reluctant to seek help, fearing stigmatization. Mary Lou “Lou” Mastro has spent much of her career working to change that dynamic.
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