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February 12, 2016 § Leave a comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week

Health Care for All on proposed MassHealth cuts
On its blog, Health Care for All responds to proposed MassHealth spending cuts and reimbursement freezes Governor Charlie Baker’s state budget. Specifically, the organization opposes locking MassHealth members into a specific managed care plan for 12 months, restricting benefits for some in MassHealth to push them into managed care plans, and “proposed cuts in eligibility for the Health Safety Net program.”

Behavioral health integration saves money
Given the strong link between mental health and other health issues, an essay on The Huffington Post states integrating physical and behavioral health care could be a driving force in cost reduction. For example, Medicaid has estimated that “implementing a collaborative model for the 20 percent of its members with diagnosed depression could save about $15 billion a year.”

MA dental schools take on opioid training
As part of the Baker administration’s ongoing effort to fight opioid addiction, Harvard, Tufts and Boston University dental schools have agreed to “teach their students how to prevent the misuse of prescription drugs.” Students will now receive training on “how to evaluate a patient’s pain and their risk for substance abuse disorders … how to identify opioid and non-opioid options for treating acute and chronic pain … when to refer patients to mental health or pain specialists or to substance abuse treatment programs, and how to identify signs of substance abuse problems.”

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