From the dealing with the aftermath of a mass shooting in behavioral health to how rural health facilities are recruiting for physicians, there is much to catch up on in healthcare. Here are a few things of interest that we are reading right now:
Medicaid expansion has helped safety net clinics stay afloat, reach more patients and reduce uncompensated care. That’s important to remember as the Trump administration again tries to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and as state and local leaders move ahead with efforts to limit--perhaps even undermine--Medicaid. Will Medicaid Expansion be repealed? If Trump has his way then it certainly will.
The gradually maturing discipline of affective neuroscience is beginning to showcase emotion as much more than a simple reaction to stimuli. Biologists are beginning to accurately predict behavioral states from emotional databanks. Psychologists are collaborating with technologists and neurologists to define a new wave of behavioral health studies, and the results may affect us sooner than we think.
Providers, payers, and regulators are all taking a closer look at behavioral health assessments – and with good reason.
Electronic behavioral health assessments are reimbursed at a higher rate than the paper-based version.