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Texas HHS releases plan for improving state's mental health services

| Aug 28, 2017 | Texas

Texas Health and Human Services has published the Comprehensive Plan for State-Funded Inpatient Mental Health Services. The plan, which is a requirement of the 2018-19 General Appropriations Act, outlines HHS’s vision for the state hospital system and inpatient mental health care. According to HHS’s website, the changes are designed to...[ Read More ]

Interview with Dr. Kentaro Nishino, Overlake Medical Center Senior Health Clinic

| Aug 14, 2017 | Washington

A recent report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality analyzes hospitalization trends for opioid-related care between 2009 and 2014. Washington had one of the highest increases in hospitalization rates, up 60 percent. But the age group with the highest rate of opioid-related inpatient stays was adults aged 65...[ Read More ]

Anchorage Assembly approves employee health clinic

| Aug 11, 2017 | Alaska

The Anchorage Assembly approved a three year contract with Vera Whole Health to establish a medical clinic for municipality employees and family members enrolled in the Municipality of Anchorage’s health plan. The estimated cost is $10.85 million for the three year contract, including approximately $1.85 million in startup costs. According...[ Read More ]

Bartlett Regional Hospital hires new chief behavioral health officer

| Aug 9, 2017 | Alaska

Bradley Grigg has replaced Sally Anne Schneider, who was the chief behavioral health officer at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau since March 2016. Schneider is now the CEO of LifeCare Behavioral Health Hospital in Pittsburgh. Griggs started his new position last month shortly after leaving Juneau Youth Services, where he served...[ Read More ]

Hawaii carriers ask for rate increases in 2018

| Aug 8, 2017 | Hawaii

Preliminary rate filings for 2018 show an average increase of over 15 percent for Hawaii plans. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan has requested an average rate increase of 19.9 percent, including rate requests for 19.52 and 20.19 percent increases for its HMO individual plans. Kaiser explains in its filing that in...[ Read More ]

Molina announces $230 million loss for second quarter

| Aug 3, 2017 | California, Texas, Washington

Molina Healthcare announced its second quarter results and a restructuring plan shortly after an announcement that 10 percent of its workforce would be laid off. Joseph White, chief financial officer and interim president and chief executive officer said: We are disappointed with our bottom-line results for this quarter and have...[ Read More ]