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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 November. Highlights include stories on Medicare PFS final rule, youth mental health, substance use disorder prevalence, Rosalynn Carter and suicide prevention.

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1. 2024 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule Delivers Behavioral Health Wins

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued the 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule, and it includes significant developments that will benefit individuals with mental illness and the behavioral health industry.

2. National Emergency in Youth Mental Health: 2 Years Later

It's been two years since the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) joined with child and adolescent psychiatrists and children's hospitals to declare a national emergency in youth mental health. While lawmakers have advanced several AAP-supported policies, extensive work remains.

3. More Than 1 in 6 US Adults and Adolescents Had a Substance Use Disorder in 2022, Federal Survey Finds

Nearly 49 million people in the US ages 12 and older had a substance use disorder in 2022, according to survey data released by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

4. HHS, SAMHSA Release 2022 National Survey on Drug Use and Health Data

HHS, through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), released a report showing how people living in United States reported about their experience with mental health, substance use and treatment-related behaviors in 2022.

5. First Lady Rosalynn Carter's Legacy on Mental Health Boils Down to One Word: Hope

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter used her platform to sound the alarm about the inadequacies of the nation's mental health system.

 



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6. Children's Mental Health Crisis Is 'At Risk of Overwhelming the System'

With more hospitals treating kids and teens with behavioral health issues, Nemours Children's Health CEO Lawrence Moss says the problem must be taken seriously.

7. Saving Lives Through the Science of Suicide Prevention

National Institute of Mental Health-supported research showed that universal suicide risk screening paired with follow-up interventions can reduce suicide risk.

8. Americans Carry 'Collective Trauma' From COVID Pandemic, Survey Suggests

A survey from the American Psychological Association found that the COVID-19 pandemic caused Americans collective trauma, which predisposes to mental illness and chronic illnesses.

9. New Study Highlights Billions in Annual Losses From Untreated Mental Illness in Indiana

Untreated mental illness in Indiana comes at a cost of more than $4 billion a year, according to a study.

10. N.C. Medicaid Behavioral Health Reimbursement Rates Increased for the First Time in a Decade

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is raising the Medicaid reimbursement rate for most mental health, substance use, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and traumatic brain injury services in the state.


 

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