An estimated 7.5 million people in California experience a mental health disorder in any given year, but only one-third of adults who experience mental illness are getting treatment. The caregivers at hospitals know the obstacles people with behavioral health conditions face and the challenges in getting them the treatment they need. While hospitals embrace the essential role they play in addressing this crisis, more needs to be done. Solutions like payment reform, resource allocation, more outpatient and community-based services, a bolstered behavioral health workforce, and a statewide set of standardized core services will help Californians with behavioral health conditions access the care they deserve.
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Mental health care services and addiction treatment are increasingly harder to access and afford, a new study finds. By analyzing claims data across 50 states for hundreds of health insurances plans, researchers discovered that the disparity between mental health and physical health care worsened from 2016 to 2017. According to the report, out-of-network usage for behavioral health care is higher than that for medical and surgical providers, and the gap is growing. More highlights are available in a press release.
The stigma around mental health issues and addiction is incredibly powerful. Five California hospital behavioral health program leaders share how they overcame their own personal challenges — and tell their stories to end the stigma.
Registration discounts for CHA’s 14th Annual Behavioral Health Care Symposium, themed “Be the Voice,” end this Friday, Nov. 15. The conference will be held Dec. 9-10 at the Riverside Convention Center, with accommodations at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa and the Marriott Riverside at the Convention Center.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced resolution of the protest to the contract awarded to TriWest Healthcare Alliance Corp. for Region 4 — including California — of VA’s Community Care Network (CCN). As a result, VA will move forward with implementing CCN Region 4 in partnership with TriWest and will provide an update on the timing in mid-2020.
Tom Insel, MD, behavioral health advisor to Gov. Gavin Newsom, recently sat down for a one-on-one conversation with CHA’s President & CEO Carmela Coyle to discuss behavioral health care challenges across California’s 58 counties. The two discussed fundamental impediments to access to care, including lack of capacity, behavioral health care workforce shortages, getting patients the right care in the right setting, and hospitals’ role in caring for patients’ physical and behavioral health care needs.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) now offers a six-session, online program for parents, family, and others caring for a child or young person with mental health symptoms.
The U.S. Department of Labor has released a series of documents designed to help stakeholders understand the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) of 2008, the 21st Century Cures Act, the SUPPORT for Patient and Communities Act, and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. The documents, which provide examples and illustrations of how the laws work, include FAQs about mental health and substance use disorder parity implementation and the 21st Century Cures Act, and an MHPAEA disclosure template and enforcement fact sheet.
CHA has issued a detailed summary, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, of the two proposed rules on the confidentiality of substance use disorder (SUD) patient information under the 42 CFR Part 2 regulations.
CHA has issued a summary, prepared by DataGen, Inc., of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) final rule addressing rate updates and policy changes to the Medicare inpatient psychiatric facilities prospective payment system for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2020.
The Substances Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a series of fact sheets for the families of first responders, intended to help them understand and cope with the potential mental health issues that emergency personnel may face, and to help children understand their parents’ role at work.