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Kentucky’s evolving behavioral health providers

One of the most important effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the profound change in the coverage of behavioral health services.  Building on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, the ACA requires both Medicaid and Medicare to provide far more robust behavioral health benefits, especially in

A way out of the revolving door

New treatment method gives mentally ill a chance at recovery while living independently, with family or in supportive housing. There are a variety of treatment options for severe and persistent mental illness, but many people experience symptoms so great they are unable to access healthcare services voluntarily. They often end up homeless, incarcerated or involuntarily

Advocacy Update: 2015 legislative session packed full of promise for improving delivery of care in behavioral health

The 2015 Kentucky Legislative Session has the opportunity to have a significant impact on the behavioral health community in Kentucky.  From front page stories like the heroin epidemic to licensing and reimbursement issues, our legislators are considering action to improve the delivery of care in the increasingly important behavioral health sector. The legislative session kicked

Time for tort reform is now

It’s one of the most controversial terms in the halls of Frankfort: tort reform. Also known as medical malpractice or legal liability, the discussion has raged for years in committee rooms and on the floor of at least one legislative chamber for several years in the Capitol. But despite moving from full reforms, to partial reforms like medical review panels, to even limiting those panels,

2014 Meaningful Use Guidance for Public Health Reporting

On September 4, 2014, CMS published a final rule that permits 2014 EHR Incentive Program participants more options in the use of certified EHR technology (CEHRT) for the 2014 EHR reporting period. This rule, referred to as the CEHRT Flexibility Rule, becomes effective on October 1, 2014. As such, the Kentucky Medicaid Program has revised

It is time to act on patent reform

Changes will help protect Kentucky’s healthcare innovation sector. By Randy Riggs and Kyle Keeney As lawmakers return to our nation’s capital from the August work period, it’s as good a time as any to think about what lies ahead on the legislative agenda for the remaining months of 2014 and into next year. There are a host of unresolved issues that