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CVS Health To Buy Aetna For $77 Billion

News Report | December 10, 2017
On December 3, 2017, pharmacy operator CVS Health announced plans to acquire and merge with health insurer Aetna in a deal valued at $77 billion. CVS Health will acquire all outstanding shares of Aetna for a combination of cash...

U.S. Opioid Addiction Cost $504 Billion In 2015

News Report | December 10, 2017
In 2015, the costs of opioid addiction in the United States totaled $504 billion. This equals 2.8% of the country's gross domestic product that year, and is more than six times larger than previous cost estimates. The overall cost...

Electrocardiogram Can Distinguish MDD From Bipolar Disorder

News Report | December 10, 2017
An electrocardiogram (ECG) lasting 120 seconds can distinguish whether a person with depression symptoms has unipolar major depressive disorder (MDD) or bipolar disorder. The ECG detects heart rate variability due to vagal tone; the variability is produced when the parasympathetic...

Orange County, California Clears Large Homeless Encampment

News Report | December 10, 2017
After successfully clearing a large homeless encampment of more than 400 people from the Santa Ana River Trail (SART) and the riverbed flood control channel in Orange County, California, the county has contracted with a security firm to enforce a...

29% Of NYC School Police & Safety Incidents Involve Mental Health

News Report | December 10, 2017
Between July 2016 and June 2017, students experiencing emotional distress or mental health crisis represented about 29% of police interventions in New York City public schools. The New York City Police Department (NYPD) reported that it conducted 2,702 "child-in-crisis"...

SynerMed Physician-Management Company Closes After Whistleblower Report

News Report | December 10, 2017
On November 6, 2017, James P. Mason, chief executive officer of SynerMed, an administrative services organization (ASO) based in California, informed employees that the company was closing as a consequence of a whistleblower report. The report to the state...

16 Health Insurers Endorse Standard Principles For Addiction Treatment

News Report | December 3, 2017
On November 8, 2017, 16 health care payers announced a commitment to adopt eight “National Principles of Care for Substance Use Disorder Treatment” intended to improve access to and the quality of addiction treatment. The National Principles of Care...

Centerstone & Uspiritus To Merge

News Report | December 3, 2017
On November 15, 2017, Centerstone Kentucky and Uspiritus released a letter of intent to merge, combining the at-risk youth services of both organizations. The organizations intend to advance specialized care for this population through the merger. Following the merger,...

Oregon To Update Individual Support Planning Process For People With I/DD

News Report | December 3, 2017
The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) is planning to update its individual support planning (ISP) process for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The DHS Office of Developmental Disability Service intends to adopt a person-centered process called...