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Washington Post Calls on Congress to Address Mental Health, Praises Excellence in Mental Health Act

The Washington Post editorial board this week released an editorial calling on Congress to improve the nation’s mental health system. The editorial addresses the stigma [...]

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HHS Issues Final Essential Health Benefits Rule

The Department of Health and Human Services this week finalized regulations on a key element of health reform, the essential health benefits package. Background. Under [...]

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Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduces Excellence in Mental Health Act

Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and  Roy Blunt (R-MO) yesterday introduced the Excellence in Mental Health Act (S. 264). This legislation would support the nation’s community [...]

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Payers Not Accepting 2013 CPT Codes? That’s a HIPAA violation.

Are the payers you work with creating new definitions for the 2013 CPT codes? Or not accepting claims submissions with 2013 CPT codes? Both are [...]

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Senator Begich and 8 Cosponsors Introduce Mental Health First Aid Act

A bill introduced with bipartisan support in the Senate would provide funding to train Americans in Mental Health First Aid. The Mental Health First Aid [...]

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National Council Staff, Members Testify at Congressional Hearings on Mental Health

This week, several congressional committees held hearings on the U.S. mental healthcare system. The National Council congratulates our staff and members who testified at these [...]

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New Year, New Opportunity to Make a Difference: Sign Our Petition for Behavioral Health

In the wake of last month’s tragic shooting in Newtown, the National Council joined hundreds of our colleagues in the behavioral health field in signing [...]

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Do You Know What You Don’t Know? Protect Yourself from Audits with Compliance Watch

By Guest Columnist Nina Marshall, Director of Public Policy, National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare It’s always dangerous when you don’t know what you don’t [...]

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Fiscal Cliff Talks Continue; Thank You for Taking Action

Deficit reduction negotiations continued this week within the Beltway, with little apparent progress. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) indicated that he might be open to [...]

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CMS: No Enhanced Match Available for Partial Medicaid Expansions

In a recent letter to State Medicaid Directors and accompanying FAQ, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued clarifying guidance on a number of [...]

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