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To keep you better informed about some of the biggest news and developments concerning behavioral and mental health, below are 10 of the most significant reports published in April. Highlights include stories on a new CMS final rule, workforce shortage, ADHD guidelines, Medicaid reimbursement and co-occurring conditions.

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1.  CMS Finalizes Rule to Cover More Behavioral Health Clinicians, Boost Mental Health Integration

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule aimed at expanding access to behavioral health services and integration for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

2.  Without Policy Action, Industry Likely to See Severe ‘Exodus of Behavioral Health Workers'

A survey that included responses from 750 behavioral health workers found that without major public policy changes to bolster the behavioral health workforce, providers will further fail to meet the demand for mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) services.

3.  Effort Underway to Develop First U.S. Guidelines for ADHD in Adults

The American Society of ADHD and Related Disorders appointed a special committee to write the first authoritative guidelines for adult attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the United States.

4.  Medicaid Reimbursement for Mental Health Varies Widely Across States

A study found Medicaid reimbursement for the same mental health treatment varies dramatically among U.S. states.

5.  For Kids With Mental Health Issues, Pediatricians Are Often The Only Source For Care

While pediatricians are doing a decent job when stepping in as mental health care providers, too few kids are being referred for talk therapy, according to a study.

6.  How High Blood Pressure Affects Mental Health

A study showed the links between higher blood pressure and depressive symptoms, well-being and emotion-related brain activity that may be relevant to the development of hypertension.

7.  Integrating Addiction Medicine Into Primary Care Shown to Save Lives and Money

A study revealed that introducing harm reduction strategies and addiction medicine practices into primary care offices would save patients' lives and lower healthcare costs.

8.  Co-occurring Substance Use and Eating Disorders

A Psychiatric Times column explored what research says about the connection between SUDs and eating disorders.

9.  Survey: Mental Health Access Is Lacking, Employers Say

A survey showed that only about 3 in 10 employers are satisfied with access to in-network behavioral health providers.

10.  Proclamation on National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2023

The White House issued its annual proclamation recognizing May as National Mental Health Awareness Month.




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