We've assembled some of the most interesting and relevant behavioral health news stories from November 2018, touching on current events and industry trends you should be aware of.
Big Things Ahead For Blockchain In Healthcare, New Report Says (Healthcare IT News)
Making inroads on blockchain now, with smaller projects that don't involve patient data, can help prepare them for larger opportunities ahead.
Trump Administration Loosens Restrictions On Mental Health Treatment (The Hill)
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar wants states to apply for waivers to allow Medicaid to pay for long term mental health at inpatient facilities. The waivers have previously been used to provide more flexibility on substance use disorders.
Florida Sues Walgreens, CVS For Alleged Role In The Opioid Crisis (NPR)
Florida is suing pharmacy chains Walgreens and CVS over their role in what the state calls "unconscionable efforts to increase the demand and supply of opioids into Florida."
5 Surprising Ways In Which Telemedicine Is Revolutionizing Healthcare (Forbes)
Telemedicine empowers the caregivers to remotely interact with their patients, which greatly improves both the efficiency and affordability of healthcare. Today patients, doctors and caregivers have learned to accept telemedicine (often called ‘telehealth’ or ‘connected health’) as one of many ways of delivering care.