• Health-Related Litigation And The Supreme Court: The 2021 Term (Part 2)

    Federal courts have long played a significant role in shaping health policy, and the Supreme Court’s current term was no exception. This is especially true given a shift in the Court’s makeup, with an emboldened six-to-three conservative majority. The stakes could not have been greater—from bodily autonomy to billions in Medicare funding to the scope of federal agencies’ authority—and the…

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  • Norton program increases tuition assistance for students as push to address health care worker shortage

    The health care field and its’ need for employees recently reached crisis levels with Gov. Andy Beshear declaring a state of emergency over Kentucky’s nursing shortage.Now, the commonwealth is also seeing an alarming shortage of clinical positions like lab techs and respiratory therapists.Norton Healthcare is taking steps to fill the void and ease the strained industry by increasing tuition assistance…

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  • Two mental health counselors lose their license to practice

    A mental health counselor from Fort Dodge has agreed to the indefinite suspension of her license due to allegations of improper conduct with a client. Heather Sayer, who practiced in the Fort Dodge area and now lives in Colorado, was charged by the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science with failure to comply with regulations related to “nonprofessional interactions or relationships”…

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  • Photo of Co-response mental health clinician joins Shrewsbury Police

    Co-response mental health clinician joins Shrewsbury Police

    Jessica Atwood is the Shrewsbury Police Department’s new jail diversion program co-response clinician. (Photo/Laura Hayes) SHREWSBURY – The Shrewsbury Police Department responded to nearly 1,000 mental health calls between 2017 to 2021.  That marked a 38% increase from the previous five year period, according to Chief Kevin Anderson.  Enter Jessica Atwood, who is the department’s new jail diversion program co-response clinician. “While our…

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  • TalkTV apologises to mental health charity over ‘plain wrong’ claims | Media

    Rupert Murdoch’s talkTV has apologised to Mind after claiming on-air that the mental health charity funded the legal fees of asylum seekers. Presenter Mike Graham claimed on his show, The Independent Republic of Mike Graham, last month that the charity was claiming to fund mental health support while actually paying migrants’ legal fees. Mind complained over the claims, which it…

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  • Photo of New mental health law takes effect

    New mental health law takes effect

    Georgia’s new mental health parity law takes effect Friday, July 1. Under the state’s new law, Georgia health insurers must cover mental health treatment at the same level they cover physical ailments “Parity kicks in immediately,” Rep. Todd Jones, R-South Forsyth, said about the new law’s July 1 start date. Photo by cottonbro on Jones, along with Rep. Mary…

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  • SCOTUS won’t hear challenge to health worker vaccine mandate

    Dive Brief: The Supreme Court on Thursday declined to hear a challenge brought by healthcare workers to New York’s statewide vaccine mandate that doesn’t include a religious exemption, according to court documents. Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch and Samuel Alito dissented, with Thomas writing in an opinion from the dissenting justices that healthcare workers in the state objected to the…

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  • Photo of State committee holds hearing on youth mental health

    State committee holds hearing on youth mental health

    Members of the Illinois State Senate’s Behavioral and Mental Health Committee gathered Thursday morning in Chicago to hear a number of reports from experts about the mental health and wellbeing challenges facing local young people.  Pixabay stock image Credit: Pixabay stock image Over the last several years, schools and mental health clinics have documented how the COVID-19 pandemic, gun violence,…

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  • [Webinar] State Health Care Cost Growth Benchmarking: New Strategies to Drive Transparency and Accountability – July 21st, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET | Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

    July 21st, 2022 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET Cost growth benchmarking programs allow states to see a complete picture of total health care spending in their markets, and pinpoint cost drivers. They empower states with the information to exercise appropriate regulatory authority—and influence health care sectors to promote cost containment and improve affordability. States can use a continuum of…

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  • Photo of County Supervisors Unanimously Declare Fentanyl a Public Health Crisis

    County Supervisors Unanimously Declare Fentanyl a Public Health Crisis

    Bags of fentanyl pills. Courtesy Drug Enforcement Administration The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to declare the illicit use and distribution of the pain-management opioid fentanyl a public health crisis. San Diego County has seen fentanyl deaths skyrocket over the last five years — from 33 in 2016 to more than 800 in 2021.  The declaration of a…

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