Behavioral Health

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Latest AHA News

President establishes commission to review federal response to opioid crisis 3/30/17

CMS extends request for comments on draft pediatric care model 3/28/17

President releases budget blueprint for 2018 discretionary spending 3/16/17

SAMHSA announces webinar on substance use disorder confidentiality rule 3/10/17

Coverage Matters in the Fight Against Opioid Abuse 3/3/17

SAMHSA delays implementation of substance use disorder confidentiality rule 2/15/17

Vanessa Ervin advocates for better behavioral health care 1/26/17

HHS: Uninsured mental health, substance use hospitalizations fall 1/12/17

Eight states to participate in Medicaid behavioral health demonstration 1/4/17

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Federal Legislative and Regulatory Activities

The 21 Century Cures Act

AHA Legislative Advisory: The 21 Century Cures Act 12/7/16

Comprehensive Behavioral Health Reform

AHA to Sen. McConnell Re: Senate Vote on Meaningful Mental Health Reform Legislation (August 29, 2016)

AHA to Sen. Reid Re: Support for Senate Action on Meaningful Mental Health Reform Legislation (August 29, 2016)

Medicaid and Mental Health Parity in Medicaid, CHIP

Senators urge CMS to remove IMD exclusion for substance abuse treatment (August 3, 2016)

CMS creates mailbox for questions on Medicaid/CHIP mental health parity rule (July 22, 2016)

Special Bulletin: CMS Finalizes Rule on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity for Medicaid and CHIP (March 30, 2016)

AHA Regulatory Advisory - CMS Issues Final Medicaid Equal Access Rule (November 19, 2015)

AHA Regulatory Advisory – Proposed Rule on Managed Care for Medicaid and CHIP (June 29, 2015)

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Special Bulletin: Progress on Addressing the Opioid Epidemic (July 14, 2016)

Advisory: Ending the Opioid Epidemic: New Patient Education Tool and Other Resources for Hospitals (June 2016)

Letter: Health organizations to House leaders: Amending the privacy laws of 42 CFR Part 2 to address opioid crisis (May 10, 2016)

Letter: AHA urges reassessment of HCAHPS survey pain questions (April 28, 2016)

Letter to House Committee on Energy and Commerce supporting bills to address the opioid epidemic (April 26, 2016)

Letter of support to Senate sponsors of S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (March 1, 2016)

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