Behavioral Health

Patient Access to Mental Health and SUD Care Lags in Massachusetts

December 12, 2018 - Patient access to mental health (MH) and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment leaves something to be desired for Massachusetts residents, with a majority of non-elderly adults reporting access issues in a recent Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation report. The report, which used data from the 2018 Massachusetts Health Reform Survey (MHRS), revealed that despite a strong...

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CMS Model to Push Care Access for Maternal Opioid Use Disorder

by Sara Heath

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How Does the Opioids Bill Address Patient Consent, Medical Records?

by Sara Heath

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by Sara Heath

Improving preventive care, increasing patient access to care, and addressing societal stigma will be the linchpins in addressing the opioid crisis that ravages the nation, according to a new report from the Surgeon General. The report,...

Payers, Purchasers Must Guarantee Mental Health Access Parity

by Sara Heath

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CMS to Drive Community Care Coordination for Behavioral Health

by Sara Heath

CMS has announced a new care delivery model that aims to improve preventive care, early detection, and care access for pediatric patients at-risk of having an opioid addiction or behavioral health issue. The Integrate Care for Kids (IncK)...


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