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Avea Behavioral Health Digest - November 2018

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 20, 2018 3:52:48 PM / by The Avea Solutions Team posted in Insurance, Current Events, Addiction Recovery, Industry Shifts

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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. 

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Avea Behavioral Health Digest - October 2018

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 31, 2018 10:27:47 AM / by The Avea Solutions Team posted in Insurance, Current Events, Addiction Recovery, Industry Shifts

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We've assembled some of the most interesting and relevant behavioral health news stories from October 2018, touching on current events and industry trends you should be aware of. 

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The State Of The Opioid Crisis - March 2018

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 6, 2018 2:26:49 PM / by Greg Goode posted in Industry Shifts, Insurance, Current Events

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CPT Coding Changes Set For 2018

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 13, 2017 8:52:00 AM / by Greg Goode posted in Current Events, Industry Shifts

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Beginning January 1st, 2018, new CPT coding changes regarding psychiatric collaborative care management services will go into effect.

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LIVE WEBINAR: Why Does Outcomes Data Matter?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 9, 2017 1:37:50 PM / by Greg Goode posted in Avea Partners, Industry Shifts, webinar

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3 Questions To Determine If A Billing Company's The Right One For You

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 7, 2017 9:02:47 AM / by Chris Reilly posted in Claims Management, Addiction Recovery, Industry Shifts

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Repeal of ACA Halted After Senate Republican Health Care Bill Falters

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 18, 2017 2:49:12 PM / by Greg Goode posted in Industry Shifts, Insurance, Current Events

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Senate Health Care Bill Made Public - Key Points & Concerns

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 23, 2017 10:00:00 AM / by Greg Goode posted in Industry Shifts, Insurance, Current Events

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New White House Budget Retains Majority of Opioid Epidemic Aid Funding

[fa icon="calendar'] May 23, 2017 1:50:21 PM / by Greg Goode posted in Insurance, Industry Shifts

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The Trump administration released its proposed 2018 budget today, which rolled back potential budget cuts to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) amid concerns from both parties regarding the effects a reduction could have on the nation's opioid crisis.

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How The AHCA Could Impact Behavioral Health

[fa icon="calendar'] May 5, 2017 1:21:51 PM / by Greg Goode posted in Industry Shifts, Insurance

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Yesterday, the Republican-backed health care bill that aims to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed through the House of Representatives by a narrow margin of 217-213, setting the stage for consideration in the Senate.

Known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA), this bill could have a significant impact within the mental health and addiction recovery treatment industries if passed.

Key Points of the American Health Care Act:

  • The AHCA would move Medicaid funding to a capped payment system, providing states with a set dollar amount for beneficiaries.
  • The bill would do away with ACA-mandated tax penalties on individuals who choose not to buy coverage
  • $130 billion would be devoted to high-risk pools, with the goal of aiding those with serious illnesses to pay high premiums.
  • It would grant states the ability to sign a waiver to opt out of essential health benefits
  • The bill would retain the ability for individuals to remain on family policies until the age of 26, enacted by the ACA.

Some industry figures believe the bill will have a difficult time making it past the next hurdle. In a Behavioral Healthcare Magazine report, Julius Hobson, former head of Congressional relations for the American Medical Association, said, “the reality is the bill that passed the House has no chance of becoming law because the Senate has made it clear it will not pass that bill as is. They will make substantial changes.”

There is also concern that the ACA repeal, coupled with a AHCA bill provision that allows insurance companies in certain states to disallow mental health and substance abuse, could disrupt critical addiction coverage in the midst of the nation's opioid epidemic.

We will continue reporting on industry developments related to the American Health Care Act as information becomes available.

 

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