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As National Council continues its push to secure funding for the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic demonstration program, it has released data that shows voters on both sides of the aisle support an increase in federal funding for mental health and addiction treatment services.
The city of San Francisco is purchasing Grove Street House and South Van Ness Manor, a pair of residential facilities at risk of closing, according to a media report.
A quality measure developed for CMS evaluates readmission rates for inpatient psychiatric facilities, but NABH president and CEO Shawn Coughlin questions whether it accurately reflects certain key factors not within the control of providers.
The FDA says it is trying to curb e-cigarettes from becoming a gateway to nicotine addiction for youth while still giving adults an “off-ramp” from combustible tobacco.
As New York advocates await final action on legislation to remove prior authorization requirements for medications to treat opioid use disorder, a new report projects major cost savings from such a move.

ONC fellow discusses current privacy initiatives being explored in federal health IT effort

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