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February 23, 2021
The behavioral healthcare industry has no guarantee of success in the coming years. A day of reckoning is coming for the U.S. healthcare system’s unbearable cost, and every field should anticipate disruptive changes. Our industry will be better positioned for that day through consolidation. We…
February 19, 2021
Adolescents in California reported significant increases in marijuana use in the years following the legalization of adult recreational marijuana use in 2016, according to data published this week in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Researchers reviewed data from the California Healthy…
February 16, 2021
Deaths involving synthetic opioids (not including methadone) and psychostimulants skyrocketed between 2013 and 2019, with a particularly sharp jump in 2018-19, according to data published this month by CDC. During the period studied, the overall age-adjusted rate of deaths involving synthetic…
February 16, 2021
Hospital care can be lifesaving for many people with mental health and substance use disorders. It is a safe place in a time of crisis and the setting where many people start a long path to recovery. The hospital is often the only place where stabilization can occur, in-depth evaluations can begin…
February 08, 2021
When the health plan Centene began 2021 by announcing its acquisition of Magellan Health, the behavioral healthcare industry seemed largely indifferent. Few seemed moved by assurances from Magellan’s CEO that the new company is committed to “reimagining behavioral health.” Emotions may have been…
February 01, 2021
Big solutions depend on asking the right questions. Treatment for substance use problems languishes due to poor funding, enduring stigma and the delivery of care in an isolated silo. Our approach to care is stuck because we are asking the wrong questions. One question overshadows all others because…
January 22, 2021
Methamphetamine overdose deaths soared across the U.S. from 2011-18, with American Indians and Alaska Natives registering the highest death rates overall, according to a study conducted at the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
January 18, 2021
PCPs are often told they do not prescribe as well as psychiatrists nor modify patient behavior as well as psychotherapists. On the other hand, behavioral healthcare professionals typically lack the abiding commitment of PCPs to both body and mind. Psychiatrists focus largely on biology, therapists…
January 12, 2021
A RAND study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research finds that telehealth usage soared during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it was behavioral health diagnoses largely driving the surge, not COVID-related symptoms. Usage of services provided by telehealth company…
January 06, 2021
We live in the age of the specialist. Physicians migrated toward clinical specialties years ago, enjoying praise for their expertise and exalted levels of income. The general practice model of primary care is less respected and less well compensated. This shift to a narrow, specialized focus is…
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