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New DHCS behavioral health assessment identifies disparities, stakeholders give recommendations to improve services

| Jan 20, 2022 | California

On Jan. 10, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), in collaboration with its stakeholders, published an updated statewide behavioral health assessment for 2022, titled “Assessing the Continuum of Care for Behavioral Health Services in California.”      The assessment presents an analysis of data gathered from surveys and...[ Read More ]

Assembly Health Committee passes bills on Rx prices, substance abuse treatment, and nursing facilities

| Jan 19, 2022 | California

On Jan. 11, the California Assembly Health Committee had their first meeting of the 2022 session and discussed a number of bills, many of which moved out of the health committee and into Appropriations.     Below are some highlights from the committee’s discussion on some of this legislation.  Assembly...[ Read More ]

Newsom’s budget prioritizes CalAIM and behavioral health, organizations have mixed responses

| Jan 19, 2022 | California

On Jan. 10, Gov. Gavin Newsom released his proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022-2023,  proposing a total of $217.5 billion for all health and human services programs. This includes $93.5 billion in general funds, 52.4% of which is allocated to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to support...[ Read More ]

DSHS and Texas A&M Health fund localized messaging to boost vaccination rates in key communities

| Jan 12, 2022 | Texas

The Department of State of Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas A&M University Health Science Center are partnering to increase the number of fully vaccinated people in Texas, awarding more than $8.6 million to local organizations across the state to promote COVID-19 vaccine outreach and education activities.     DSHS...[ Read More ]

Hospitals continue to struggle with lack of supplies and staff, says THA

| Jan 11, 2022 | Texas

With total COVID-19 hospitalizations in Texas surpassing 10,000 for the first time since September, Carrie Kroll, vice president of advocacy, quality, and public health at the Texas Hospital Association (THA), said Texas hospital staff are dealing with all of the exhaustion and anxiety you’d expect two years into the pandemic....[ Read More ]

Registration now open for ‘5 Slides We’re Discussing: Gene therapy and the promise for rare disease’

| Jan 10, 2022 | Arizona

Gene therapy has proven to be a groundbreaking treatment for individuals living with rare diseases like muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis. However, while emerging gene therapy treatments have the potential to be lifesaving, they are also posing significant affordability challenges for patients.  In our upcoming conversation on Jan. 18, “5...[ Read More ]