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Illinois Moving Methadone Treatment To Medicaid State Plan Service

News Report | March 19, 2017
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) is moving funding for methadone treatment, a medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder, from grant funding to the state Medicaid plan. On December 21, 2016, HFS released a...

All State Medicaid Plans Cover Some Telemedicine Services

News Report | March 19, 2017
In 2017, all state Medicaid programs cover some services delivered via telemedicine technologies. Eleven states offer more comprehensive coverage, with few barriers for telemedicine-provided services for Medicaid beneficiaries. Four states — Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, and Iowa — passed reforms that...

Tennessee Aims To Close Greene Valley Developmental Center By Summer 2017

News Report | March 19, 2017
By the summer of 2017, the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) anticipates that it will be able to close the Greene Valley Developmental Center (GVDC). Before DIDD can close the GVDC, all residents must be transitioned...

In 2014, 25.7% Adults Diagnosed With Multiple Physical Chronic Conditions

News Report | March 19, 2017
In 2014, 25.7% of adults were diagnosed with multiple physical chronic conditions (MCC). These adults were managing two or more of ten health conditions: hypertension, cancer, stroke, coronary heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, hepatitis, current asthma, weak or failing kidneys,...

4.2% Of Adults Receive Depression Screening In Primary Care

News Report | March 19, 2017
About 4.2% of adults who made a primary care visit during 2012 or 2013 received a depression screening. Health care professionals at provider organizations that had fully adopted electronic health records (EHRs) were more likely to screen for depression...

Ohio HCBS Waiver Amendments Add Employment Services To Adult Day Supports

News Report | March 19, 2017
Ohio is adding new adult day services — career planning, individual employment supports, and group employment supports — to three of its waivers for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). On February 22, 2017, the Ohio Department of Developmental...

Health System Leaders Say Costs Prevent Greater Use Of Patient Engagement Tech

News Report | March 19, 2017
About half of health system executives and clinical professionals believe that cost is a key barrier limiting widespread adoption of patient engagement technologies and mobile health (mHealth) devices. More than half of health system executives and clinical professionals believe...