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Senate May Tie Block Grants to State Plans to Reduce Suicides

A bill that would tie existing federal block grants to expansion of state suicide prevention programs, drug abuse counseling, and training to defuse potential crisis situations arising from mental illness has passed U.S. Senate committee markup and has been placed on the full chamber’s calendar. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions passed Senate Bill 2680, the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016, on April 26. Sponsored by committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN),...

Policy Diagnosis: CMS Fields Comments on Controversial Rule Through June 27

Editor’s Note: A proposed rule posted to the federal government website on May 9, 2016 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) received 1,522 mailed or emailed comments by June 22 from people concerned or otherwise interested in how the rule would use a government scoring system to reimburse doctors and give legal authority to access patient medical records at any time in the name of quality monitoring. Dr. Mike Koriwchak, vice president of Docs4PatientCare...

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