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May, 2012

State's Medicaid Chief Retiring

The Texas Tribune

May 21, 2012

 

Billy Millwee, who oversees the state's giant Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance programs, will retire in August. ... It's a complicated time for Medicaid. Whether the U.S. Supreme Court upholds federal health reform legislation will largely determine the future of the program, and how many more Texans will be added to the state's already staggering rolls.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-health-resources/medicaid/states-medicaid-chief-retiring/ 

 

 

Foundation gives out $830,000 in grants to agenies working with wildfire victims

Austin American-Statesman

May 21, 2012

 

The Austin Community Foundation on Monday awarded more than $830,000 to nine Central Texas nonprofit groups working to help rebuild the lives of people affected by September's wildfires. ... Communities in Schools - $95,000 to provide crisis counseling to 120 Bastrop High School students affected by the wildfires. A workshop is planned for families to help them recognize the signs of post-traumatic stress disorder.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/foundation-gives-out-830-000-in-grants-to-2368869.html 

 

 

County boosts mental health funds

San Angelo Standard-Times

May 21, 2012

 

SAN ANGELO, Texas - Tom Green County has found a way to bring in more federal dollars to aid mental health, in a rare move for Texas counties. During last week's Commissioners Court meeting, the court decided to send money to the state through an agreement whereby funds will be matched with Medicaid money and sent to area hospitals, which will help pay for MHMR services.

http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2012/may/21/county-boosts-mental-health-funds/ 

 

 

Trial opens in Medicare fraud case against Houston doctor

Houston Chronicle

May 21, 2012

 

Federal prosecutors opened their Medicare fraud case against a Houston doctor Monday, claiming the physician filed $5.22 million in phony home health care claims by selling his signature "over and over and over." Dr. Ben Echols, a New York-educated gastroenterologist, is charged with accepting cash in exchange for helping Family Healthcare Services file fraudulent claims to Medicare, the nation's largest insurer for the elderly.

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Trial-opens-in-Medicare-fraud-case-against-3575061.php

 

 

Dallas woman get 13 years for robbing bank, tipping teller with pesos

Dallas Morning News

May 21, 2012

 

... Norman pleaded guilty. And like the firefighter, she claimed in court that she was mentally ill.

http://www.dallasnews.com/incoming/20120521-dallas-woman-get-13-years-for-robbing-bank-tipping-teller-with-pesos1.ece 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $45.8 million in Project LAUNCH grants

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

May 22, 2012

 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for Linking Actions to Unmet Needs in Children's Health (Project LAUNCH) grants totaling up to $45.8 million over the course of a five year period. The program will promote the wellness of young children from birth to eight years by addressing the physical, social, emotional cognitive and behavioral aspects of their development. The goal of Project LAUNCH is to create a shared vision for the wellness of children that drives the development of federal, state and territorial, tribal and locally-based coordinated networks servicing the key behavioral and physical health needs of these children.

http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1205220628.aspx 

 

 

Trained Interpreters For Patients With Limited English Can Help Avoid Medical Mishaps

Kaiser Health News

May 21, 2012

 

A visit to the emergency department or a physician's office can be confusing and even frightening when you're trying to digest complicated medical information, perhaps while you're feeling pain or discomfort. For the 25 million people in the United States with limited English proficiency, the potential for medical mishaps is multiplied.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Features/Insuring-Your-Health/2012/Trained-Interpreters-Help-Avoid-Medical-Mishaps-Michelle-Andrews-052212.aspx 

 

 

Delaware mental health coalition gets new director

Houston Chronicle

May 22, 2012

 

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The way Bryce Hewlett sees it, many people recovering from mental illness are also survivors - survivors of the mental-health system they have encountered because of their illness. Now, the 27-year-old New Jersey resident wants to amplify the voices of those Delawareans as the state works to revamp its mental-health system and address enormous gaps in community-based services.

http://www.chron.com/default/article/Delaware-mental-health-coalition-gets-new-director-3576119.php  

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Health care costs rose faster than inflation despite weak economy

MSNBC

May 21, 2012

 

Higher prices charged by hospitals, outpatient centers and other providers drove up health care spending at double the rate of inflation amid the weak economy -- even as patients consumed less medical care overall, according to a new study. Prices rose at least five times faster than overall inflation for emergency room visits, outpatient surgery and facility-based mental health and substance abuse care from 2009 to 2010, says the report by the Health Care Cost Institute, a nonpartisan research group funded by insurers.

http://lifeinc.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/21/11792712-health-care-costs-rose-faster-than-inflation-despite-weak-economy?lite

 

 

Secretaries Duncan and Sebelius remind graduating students of new health coverage options under health care law

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

May 21, 2012

 

Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius are reaching out to campus leaders to remind graduating high school, college and university seniors about their new health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act - the health care law. Because of the new law, many young adults will be eligible to remain on their parent's health plan until their 26th birthday. The Secretaries sent letters to college and university presidents as well as student associations encouraging them to spread that information to college students.

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2012pres/05/20120521b.html 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

A helping hand is extended online for depression

ABC News - Australia

May 22, 2012

 

Living in a small country town or in a remote area can be a lifestyle choice which brings many benefits but there can be downsides. There are always people willing to lend a hand and a sense of community but the fact that news travels fast can lead people, who suffer from depression or any mental illness, to be reluctant to seek help. A new online counselling service, Headspace, is reaching out to those feeling isolated. eHeadspace began as an online trial for people suffering from drought in regional WA and, after a successful response, has been extended nation-wide.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-22/mental-health-eheadspace-feature/4026112 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

A Long View on Health Care: Think Like an Investor

The New York Times

May 21, 2012

 

Could health care costs be reined in by improving access to preventive care? It's an idea that appeals to policy makers and many public health experts, but the evidence for it is surprisingly hard to pin down. Of course, preventing diseases is better than waiting for them to occur and then treating them. But there are questions about which diseases can actually be prevented, how effective preventive measures might be, and what they would cost.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/22/health/views/a-long-view-on-health-care-think-like-an-investor.html?ref=health

 

 

Putting the 'Insurance' Back in Health Insurance

Forbes

May 21, 2012

 

... when it comes to health coverage, many of us think that it makes perfect sense to wait until we're sick to buy health insurance. If we really want to make health insurance affordable and accessible to everyone, we need to go back to basics, and understand all of the government-induced distortions that have made health insurance look nothing like actual insurance.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/aroy/2012/05/21/putting-the-insurance-back-in-health-insurance/

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Caffeine Shown to Induce Anxiety and, in Larger Doses, Maybe More

National Alliance on Mental Illness

May 21, 2012

 

An April 2012 report by the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust found a link between extreme caffeine and a suicide attempt in one case report. In addition, caffeine is known to exacerbate or sometimes even induce some psychiatric conditions such as anxiety, panic attacks and insomnia, according to studies conducted in 2009. In rare circumstances, worsening of psychosis and mania can also result.

http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Whats_New43&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=139416 

 

 

Age-related neural activation differences in bipolar patients

MedWire News

May 22, 2012

 

Patients with bipolar disorder show age-related differences in the activation of neural circuitry that mediates motor inhibition, US researchers report.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/99548/Psychiatry/Age-related_neural_activation_differences_in_bipolar_patients__.html 

 

 

Cannabis use linked to reduced mortality in psychosis

MedWire News

May 22, 2012

 

Study results suggest that cannabis use is associated with decreased all-cause mortality risk in patients with schizophrenia.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/99549/Psychiatry/Cannabis_use_linked_to_reduced_mortality_in_psychosis.html 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Honoring EMS professionals during National EMS Week 2012

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

May 21, 2012

 

During National Emergency Medical Services Week, we recognize the tremendous role that EMS practitioners make to improve health in communities across the nation. The around-the-clock dedication to providing emergency care is evident with one statistic: more than 36 million patients were cared for by EMS professionals in 2011 alone.

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2012pres/05/20120521c.html 

 

 

Book Review: Milt Greek's Schizophrenia: A Blueprint for Recovery

National Alliance on Mental Illness

May 21, 2012

 

Milt Greek, who may be familiar to some from his profile in the New York Times, is extraordinary for several reasons. Firstly, he is a person living with schizophrenia-an achievement in itself. Secondly, he is able to use his extensive first-hand experience to examine the condition from many different perspectives.

http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Whats_New43&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=139423 



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