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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

New Patient-Friendly Resource on Prescription Opioids Available

By AHA STAT Staff
June 7, 2016

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today issued a new patient-friendly resource on prescription opioids. 

“Every day, hospitals see how misuse of and overdose from prescription opioids affects patients’ families, loved ones and communities,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “We want patients to have open, honest conversations with their care providers about the best way to manage pain. The goal is to help... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: quality care, patient safety, physician issues, Mental health, opioids, prevention

Building a Stronger Behavioral Health Workforce for Patients and Communities

By Pamela A. Thompson, MS, RN, CENP, FAAN
June 1, 2016

As hospitals and health systems better integrate behavioral and physical health, it is critical to ensure that patients and communities have access to the right providers to take care of behavioral health needs now and in the future. There are seven steps hospital leaders can take to strengthen their behavioral health care workforce: 

  • Assess the current workforce and patient population to find the gaps between what the community’s needs are and the type of providers needed to... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: workforce, Mental health, Behavioral health

Community Behavioral Health Community Extends Beyond Traditional Health Care Space

By AHA STAT Staff
May 25, 2016

Hospitals and health systems are going above and beyond to address and treat the myriad behavioral health concerns in their communities.  To highlight and honor the dedicated women and men who care for and keep our communities health during Mental Health Month, the AHA sat down with members of the Sanpete Valley Behavioral Health Network.

Caregivers at Sanpete Valley Hospital, a critical access hospital in Mount Pleasant, Utah, knew they had to implement a plan to improve... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, Community health, Community Connections, Coverage, Mental health, Behavioral health, care coordination

Hospitals innovating to improve behavioral health

By AHA STAT Staff
May 18, 2016

Hospitals across the country are addressing their communities’ behavioral health needs, often by working with local organizations to coordinate care beyond the walls of a hospital. Examples of these innovative partnerships can be found in AHA’s Community Connections case studies, among AHA award winners and through AHA’s Hospitals In Pursuit of Excellence

In Montana, for example, the Billings Clinic, Riverstone Health, St. Vincent Healthcare and South Central Mental Health Center... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Community Connections, Coverage, Mental health, Behavioral health, opioids

Mental Health Month & Hospitals' Role in Providing Mental and Behavioral Health Care

By AHA STAT Staff
May 4, 2016

May is Mental Health Month – a time to raise awareness of those living with mental or behavioral health issues and to help reduce the stigma so many experience.  Hospitals and health systems play an important role in providing behavioral health care and helping patients find resources available in their community. Hospitals also are creating unique partnerships to address behavioral health issues in non-traditional ways.

Each Wednesday during May, come back for stories about how... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Mental health, Behavioral health

New resource available to help hospitals improve behavioral health

By AHA STAT Staff
February 29, 2016

Improving behavioral health is one of the top priorities for hospitals and the communities they serve.  A new guide from the AHA’s Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence outlines how hospitals and health systems can address the challenges of integrating physical health with behavioral health, enhance collaboration among community partners and sustain resources for needed services.  Cases studies in the guide provide concrete steps and results so hospitals and health systems can adapt... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: population health, Community health, Mental health, Behavioral health, clinical integration, care coordination

New Depression Screening Recommendations Will Help Patients and Communities

By John R. Combes, MD
January 26, 2016

In 2014, 15.7 million adults suffered from at least one major depressive episode, making it one of the most common behavioral health conditions in the U.S., according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Major depression is also highly treatable once diagnosed, so making that diagnosis is critical.

Recommendations made today by an independent expert panel could make it easier for adults to get the treatment they need. For the first time, the U.S. Preventive Services Task... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: access, Mental health, Behavioral health

Caring for Our Veterans and Veterans Taking Care of Us All

By AHA STAT Staff
November 11, 2015

America’s hospitals honor the service of our nation’s veterans and work to provide high-quality care for those who have served in the armed forces.  Working closely with our partners in the Veterans Administration (VA) health system, hospitals strive to address any unique needs veterans may have because of their service.   As the AHA focuses on the importance of integrating physical and behavioral health, we are proud to share resources from the VA that can help hospital caregivers... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality, population health, Caregivers, Mental health, Behavioral health

National Mental Health Awareness Month: Care at the right place - the BayCare Behavioral Health story

By AHA STAT Staff
May 13, 2015

When a person  needs behavioral health care, so many questions pop up – who do they turn to, what kind of care do they need, how long it will last, how much it will cost?  These questions can seem overwhelming in such a vulnerable time, but sometimes getting the right care can be as easy as going to your doctor’s office.

BayCare Behavioral Health, serving the Tampa Bay, Fla., area, has developed the Primary Care Integration Program where participating primary care offices include... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality care, population health, Community health, access, Mental health, Behavioral health
 

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