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VA Community Outreach, Suicide Prevention Programs Need Leadership

December 19, 2018 - The Department of Veteran’s Affairs’ (VA’s) community outreach and suicide prevention efforts need better leadership and direction, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) noted in a recent report. VA designed its community outreach and suicide prevention model in 2010 in an effort to detect and aid veterans at risk for suicide. Suicide is a significant issue in...


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Patient Access to Mental Health and SUD Care Lags in Massachusetts

by Sara Heath

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...

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

by Sara Heath

As efforts to address the opioid crisis and mental and behavioral health issues come to the forefront, as do questions of patient consent, privacy, and medical records access. Specifically, impending legislation to address the opioid...

Patient Access to Care, Preventive Care Key for Opioid Crisis

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

When compared to access opportunities for physical health treatment, mental health access leaves something to be desired, according to a recent report from the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions. Healthcare payers and...

Integrating Mental Health and Primary Care to Achieve Zero Suicide

by Sara Heath

A Zero Suicide Initiative at the Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare has underscored the importance of holistic, team-based care. Through integrated mental health and primary care, the health system has leaned on system-wide care...

VA Partnership to Drive Veteran Access to Mental Healthcare

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has partnered with Veteran & First Responder Healthcare (VFR Healthcare) to improve patient access to mental healthcare. This comes as a part of the organizations’ efforts to address rising...

Behavioral Health Medical Home Enhances Patient Activation in Care

by Sara Heath

A behavioral health home model is an effective strategy for integrating mental and behavioral health into primary care services, according to a new initiative at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Center for High-Value...

Fragmented Mental Healthcare Stunts Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

Mental and behavioral healthcare options are currently too fragmented to facilitate easy patient access to care, according to a survey of healthcare industry leaders in a recent NEJM Catalyst Insights Council report. The US healthcare...

Patient Access to Care Low for One-Third of Mental Health Patients

by Sara Heath

Only one-third of patients with a mental health diagnosis access some form of treatment, says a new dataset from Kaiser Permanente. These patient access to care issues affect different populations at higher rates, highlighting key care...

How Can Mental Health Apps Drive Patient-Provider Communication?

by Sara Heath

Advocate Health Care will be rolling out a new study testing the efficacy of a patient-provider communication technology that aids patients living with depression. Developed in partnership with pharma companies Takeda Pharmaceuticals and...

Partnership to Destigmatize Patient Access to Mental Healthcare

by Sara Heath

California-based Sutter Health and Mental Health America have forged a partnership to make it easier and more comfortable for patients to access mental healthcare. Nearly 40 million American adults live with some sort of mental of...

Understanding Stigma as a Mental Healthcare Barrier

by Sara Heath

Despite the millions of patients managing a mental illness, very few are accessing treatment. Stigma and negative perceptions associated with mental illness are noted mental healthcare barriers for patients. Former US Surgeon General...

VA Drives Plans for Patient Education, Experience Improvement

by Sara Heath

The VA Health Administration implemented an online tool to drive patient education about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental health treatment options. The PTSD Treatment Decision Aid outlines different evidence-based...

Walgreens Partnership Boosted Patient Mental Health Screening

by Sara Heath

A partnership between Walgreens and Mental Health America (MHA) resulted in an increase in patients screening for mental health and taking the steps to manage a mental illness. The partnership, forged last year, included an online...

VA Deal Drives Patient Education on Mental Health Treatment

by Sara Heath

The VA and Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US (VFA) have partnered with Walgreens to improve patient education about mental healthcare access, suicide prevention, and opioid abuse. The partnership will support overcoming mental and...

Industry Deals Drive Patient Care Access, Provider Training

by Sara Heath

Healthcare professional societies and other stakeholders are partnering to increase clinical education and input to drive more patient healthcare access. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) recently announced its...

Does Health IT Help Veteran Mental Health Self-Management?

by Sara Heath

Although health IT could be helpful for veteran self-management of mental health and chronic conditions, providers need to ensure they do not over-rely on these technologies. That’s the finding of a recent study published in the...

How PCPs Can Improve Mental Health Communication, Care Value

by Sara Heath

In order to improve communication about mental health issues and raise the quality of primary care, providers should consider taking their time with the patient and letting the patient guide the conversation, indicates a study published in...

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