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Beyond the Four Walls

By Rick Pollack
August 25, 2017

Helping patients overcome socioeconomic barriers to better health by building partnerships that improve the community’s health will be critical to hospitals’ and health systems’ ability to continue to carry the promise of help, hope and healing. The good news is how population health strategies and initiatives can change many lives for the better.

 With that in mind, the AHA is offering the field a series of guides on how hospitals and health systems can address the social... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Community health, Redefining the H, Behavioral health

Hospitals Innovate New Strategies to Fight Opioid Crisis

By Rick Pollack
August 11, 2017

More than 140 Americans die from a drug overdose every day – that’s more than from gun homicides and car crashes combined.  Most of these deaths are due to prescription painkillers, heroin and other opioids. The opioid crisis in our country is severe enough that yesterday President Donald Trump signaled his intention to declare it a national emergency.

Hospitals and health systems serve on the front lines in this crisis every day. We’re using many strategies to help: implementing... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, opioids

Addressing behavioral health

By AHA STAT Staff
May 24, 2017

As Mental Health Awareness Month draws to a close, we would like to thank the many hospitals and health systems across the country that are addressing their communities’ behavioral health needs, often by working with local organizations to coordinate care beyond the walls of a hospital.

By offering behavioral health care services in a variety of settings and through a variety of channels – from emergency medical or mental health services, treatment and counseling programs to... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, Mental health, Behavioral health

Virtual Behavioral Health Services

May 19, 2017

By Gene Woods

One out of five Americans, or over 40 million people, struggle with behavioral health each day. In my state of North Carolina alone, every 2.5 minutes a person in behavioral crisis visits an emergency department. To better serve the needs of our patients and community, at Carolinas HealthCare System we have found that, by using innovative virtual solutions, we can extend the care we provide. CHS clinicians and staff have found that patients are receptive to... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Behavioral health

CDC Launches Opioid Prescribing Guideline Resources for Providers

By Jay Bhatt, D.O.
December 16, 2016

This week, the CDC launched a suite of new opioid prescribing guideline resources for providers, including a mobile app and video series. This is a follow-up to their CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, launched last spring, to encourage safer and more effective pain management. 

According to the CDC, “The new Opioid Guide App makes it easier to apply the recommendations in the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain into clinical practice by... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, physician issues, Behavioral health, opioids

Seven steps to strengthen the behavioral health workforce

By AHA STAT Staff
October 7, 2016

Integrating and improving behavioral health continues to be at the top of mind for hospitals and health systems, but having the right providers in place for patients is a struggle that many health care leaders may face.

Building on a previous report, the AHA this week provided an in-depth look at seven steps that hospital and health system leaders can take to strengthen their behavioral health care workforce. These tips and suggestions can help an organization expand the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Behavioral health

Wayne Young, Chair of the AHA's Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services, on How Hospitals Can Integrate Behavioral and Physical Health

By AHA STAT Staff
October 6, 2016

Hospitals and health systems across the country are addressing the behavioral health needs of their patients and communities. While historically, behavioral health may not have been top of mind, hospitals understand that behavioral and physical health are inseparable. Through behavioral health services, community partnerships and advocacy, hospitals are helping to ensure people suffering from psychiatric and substance abuse issues get the care they need.

We asked Wayne Young,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Behavioral health

Mental Illness Awareness Week and the National Alliance on Mental Health

By AHA STAT Staff
October 5, 2016

The National Alliance on Mental Illness first began in 1979 as a small group of families who gathered together to discuss mental health. Since then, the association has become a leading voice in advocating for and spreading awareness of mental illness. In 1990, Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week in recognition of NAMI’s many efforts. Organizations across the country have used this week to educate their communities on mental... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Behavioral health

Addressing substance abuse and mental health

By AHA STAT Staff
October 4, 2016

Tucked away in legislation passed to keep the federal government running is critical funding for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, or CARA. The AHA supported several measures in CARA, including:

 

  • The creation of a multi-agency task force that includes a hospital representative to develop best practices for prescribing and pain management.
  • More stringent pre-market review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of new opioids.
  • Increased access to opioid overdose... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Behavioral health

Mental Illness Awareness Week

By AHA STAT Staff
October 3, 2016

In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of efforts by the National Alliance on Mental Illness to raise awareness about mental illness. 

The goal of this year’s MIAW is to reduce stigma around mental illness and replace it with hope and healing. Many hospitals are addressing mental health stigma within their communities; here are just a few examples:

 

  • Clara’s House, part of Centara Care in... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Behavioral health
 

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