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A 2019 journal article, published by Pediatrics, describes the structure and process of, as well as patient experience outcomes in, 13 pediatric practices enrolled in a behavioral health integration program (BHIP) in Massachusetts. The program provided indepth behavioral health education, on-demand psychiatric consultations, operational support for practice transformation, and onsite behavioral health services.... Read more about "Integration of Behavioral Health Services in the Pediatric Setting"
Post date: September 18, 2019
State Medicaid financing policies play an important role in facilitating healthcare integration, but sometimes they create barriers. Two recent articles explored the effects of different Medicaid financing models on the integration of health services into various healthcare settings.
Post date: August 10, 2019
Nomination Deadline: June 14, 2019 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is establishing an Interdepartmental Substance Use Disorders Coordinating Committee. This committee is being formed pursuant to Section 7022 of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities (SUPPORT Act, Public Law 115-271—PDF, 678 KB).
Post date: June 06, 2019
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released updated behavioral health workforce projections for 2016 to 2030. The analyses, mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act (PDF - 930 KB), include factsheets... Read more about "Updated Behavioral Health Workforce Projections"
Post date: March 29, 2019
The draft report on Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations from the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force (Task Force) is available for public comment until April 1, 2019. A... Read more about "Submit Comments on Pain Management Task Force Draft Report"
Post date: January 28, 2019
A new study from the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found that in 2017, more than two-thirds (67.8 percent) of drug overdose deaths involved opioids. Synthetic opioids significantly contributed to overdose death, with synthetic opioid-related mortality increasing 45.2 percent between 2016 and 2017.
Post date: January 21, 2019
On October 24, 2018, H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, was signed into law by the President. This comprehensive legislation includes additional funding and policies to address all aspects of the opioid crisis in the United States, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT). The bill includes provisions to:
Post date: October 25, 2018
“Addiction” is a new episode from the science series NOVA that aired on PBS on October 17, 2018. It explores opioid use disorder as a chronic brain disease and highlights how evidence-based treatment, like medication-assisted treatment, can help save lives. National Integration Academy Council member Dr. James Berry from West Virginia University is interviewed for this program. Watch the... Read more about "NOVA Explores Opioid Use Disorder in New Episode"
Post date: October 25, 2018
This October, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is celebrating Health Literacy Month, a time to promote the importance of making health information easy to understand. Health literacy is critical to deliver high-quality, patient-centered health care. To help health care professionals participate in Health Literacy Month, HHS has gathered tools and resources, including trainings,... Read more about "October is Health Literacy Month"
Post date: October 11, 2018
Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a group of conditions that may occur in a baby who was exposed to opioids in the womb before birth. A study in Pediatrics in March 2018 estimated the incidence of NAS increased more than fivefold among infants covered by Medicaid between 2004 and 2014.
Post date: October 03, 2018

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