Behavioral Health


NY IPA Focuses on Social Determinants of Health
August 13, 2019 | Cassandra Rivais DiNova | 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 | Cassandra Rivais DiNova | 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 | Cassandra Rivais DiNova | 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.” It’s …
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The SUPPORT Act – Supporting Opioid Treatment via Telemedicine
October 23, 2018 | Ada (Kozicz) 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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