Behavioral Health

Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2020 Includes Telehealth Changes
August 15, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Behavioral Health | Home Health | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Telehealth

On July 29, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed revisions to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2020. The Proposed Rule was published in the Federal Register on August 14.

CMS proposed to add three new codes for treatment of opioid use disorder to the list of services that are

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NY IPA Focuses on Social Determinants of Health
August 13, 2019 | Behavioral Health | Home Health | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Private Insurers

On August 6, health insurer MVP Health Care announced an affiliation with Alliance for Better Health to address so-called social determinants of health in the Albany, New York area. The newly formed independent practice association (IPA), Healthy Alliance Independent Practice Association, is one of the first IPAs in the U.S. to focus exclusively on social

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Marijuana Legalization Bills Introduced in Congress
July 26, 2019 | Behavioral Health | Cannabis | FDA | Legislation and Public Policy

On July 23, companion legislation was introduced in the House and Senate by Senator Kamala Harris of California and New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler to legalize and tax marijuana at the federal level. The tax revenue from this legislation would support job training, substance abuse treatment, literacy programs, and other services for communities that have been

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Medical Practitioners Call for Change to Massachusetts Marijuana Regulations
June 10, 2019 | Behavioral Health | Cannabis | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy

More than 40 physicians, clinicians and researchers from Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital and other institutions issued a 16-page Statement of Concern to Massachusetts lawmakers requesting that the Commonwealth’s Cannabis Control Commission suspend processing new business licenses and conduct a public health assessment of its “Social Equity Program.” These practitioners are criticizing the inadequacy

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HIPAA Still Applies to Patients’ Online Reviews of Providers
February 15, 2019 | Behavioral Health | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Litigation

In an era of online dialogue, healthcare providers still need to remain alert regarding their obligations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). As tempting as it may be to respond to patients’ criticisms and praise online, healthcare providers, as “covered entities” under HIPAA, should think twice before clicking “post.”


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The SUPPORT Act – Supporting Opioid Treatment via Telemedicine
October 23, 2018 | Ada Janocinska | Behavioral Health | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Pharmaceuticals | Telehealth

On October 3, 2018, Congress passed the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act. The SUPPORT Act is intended to combat the opioid and heroin crisis by reducing use and supply, encouraging recovery, supporting caregivers and families, and driving innovation and long-term solutions. It also includes the expansion

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