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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

June, 2012

TEXAS NEWS

 

Nowhere else to go: Texas' underfunded mental health system shifts a costly burden to emergency rooms

Texas Hospitals

May/June 2012

 

... So how did the system fail? In a study prepared for the Texas Conference of Urban Counties, national consulting firm Health Management Associates describes the public mental health system as a "series of safety nets," with community-based services being the most important layer of the net. Budget cuts, workforce shortages and patchy pathways of care render holes in that layer, causing patients to keep falling until a less-appropriate net catches them. In a reversal of the conditions conducive to mental wellness, the last layer of the net to catch patients often is the ER or the county jail.

http://www.tha.org/HealthCareProviders/AboutTHA/Publications/TexasHospitals/TXH_MayJune2012_Feature.pdf

 

 

New study: Tort reform has not reduced health care costs in Texas

Austin American-Statesman

June 20, 2012

 

A new study found no evidence that health care costs in Texas dipped after a 2003 constitutional amendment limited payouts in medical malpractice lawsuits, despite claims made to voters by some backers of tort reform.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/new-study-tort-reform-has-not-reduced-health-2402096.html

 

 

Group home regulation expected to pass Dallas City Council

The Dallas Morning News

June 20, 2012

 

The operators of more than 200 group homes for the elderly, mentally ill and disabled would have to pay for a permit and undergo annual inspections under a proposed Dallas ordinance. ... But there is much the ordinance doesn't address. ... In addition, the ordinance excludes spiritual healing homes, state-licensed or state-funded facilities, retirement communities, child care centers and family violence shelters.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/dallas/headlines/20120620-group-home-regulation-expected-to-pass-dallas-city-council.ece 

 

 

People's clinic gets coveted federal status, more money

Austin American-Statesman

June 20, 2012

 

People's Community Clinic, a large private medical clinic in Austin for the uninsured and underserved, received notice today that it has been awarded coveted federal status that opens the door to grants and reduced prices for clinic medications. ... The status, awarded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, brings with it a federal grant of $650,000, which Rogoff said would increase services by 25 percent. Right now, the clinic serves 8,000 patients a year; that would increase to 11,700, Rogoff said.

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/health/entries/2012/06/20/peoples_community_clinic_gets.html?cxntfid=blogs_salud 

 

 

Public campaign under way to promote medical school

Austin American-Statesman

June 20, 2012

The mailing includes a statement about the "need to find funding for a relatively small percentage of the cost of a new medical school." It adds, "The average will only be around 10 percent of the cost" and declines over time. ... Officials with Central Health, which oversees health care for the indigent in Travis County, and the Seton Healthcare Family, which has pledged $250 million to build a new teaching hospital, said they hope the campaign will get people talking about health care.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/public-campaign-under-way-to-promote-medical-school-2402057.html 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

"Like Gasoline on a Fire": NAMI Testifies on Dangers of Solitary Confinement and Mental Illness

National Alliance on Mental Illness

June 19, 2012

 

WASHINGTON -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) submitted testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee today, warning that placing individuals with severe psychiatric symptoms into solitary confinement in prisons is "akin to pouring gasoline on a fire."

http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Whats_New43&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=141011 

 

 

J&J Close to Settling Off-Label Probes

The Wall Street Journal

June 20, 2012

 

Johnson & Johnson and the Justice Department are close to settling a protracted investigation into the company's promotion of the antipsychotic Risperdal, for what would be one of the highest sums to date in a drug-marketing case, according to people familiar with the matter.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304441404577478803503320464.html

 

 

VA looking to technology to reduce suicide risks

Houston Chronicle

June 20, 2012

 

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Veterans Affairs Department hopes to reduce the risk of suicide among veterans by making greater use of video conferences between patients and doctors and by gradually integrating its electronic health records with those maintained by the Defense Department, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki told mental health professionals Wednesday.

http://www.chron.com/news/article/VA-looking-to-technology-to-reduce-suicide-risks-3650147.php

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Supreme Court may reveal healthcare verdict Thursday

Chicago Tribune

June 21, 2012

 

WASHINGTON -- ...The momentous healthcare decision could be announced Thursday. Or not. All we really know is that it is extremely likely to be handed down by the following Thursday, June 28, when the court is expected to end its current term.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-la-pn-supreme-court-may-release-healthcare-verdict-thursday-20120620,0,4744872.story 

 

 

Health care law saves consumers over $1 billion

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

June 21, 2012

 

Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that 12.8 million Americans will benefit from $1.1 billion in rebates from insurance companies this summer, because of the Affordable Care Act's 80/20 rule. These rebates will be an average of $151 for each family covered by a policy.

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2012pres/06/20120621a.html 

 

 

Health care law expands community health centers, serves more patients

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

June 21, 2012

 

... Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced awards of new grants made possible by the health care law to expand community health centers. The grants awarded to 219 health centers will help expand access to care for more than 1.25 million additional patients and create approximately 5,640 jobs by establishing new health center service delivery sites.

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2012pres/06/20120620a.html 

 

 

Court Challenge Could Result In Medicaid Cutbacks Instead Of Expansion

Kaiser Health News

June 20, 2012

 

... [Medicaid] covers 60 million poor and disabled people would be greatly expanded under the health law, adding 17 million more people starting in 2014. But if the entire law is struck down, states for the first time since 2009 would be free to tighten eligibility and make it more difficult for people to apply. The law had barred such changes.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2012/June/20/medicaid-health-law-supreme-court.aspx 

 

 

Unintended Consequences Of Steps To Cut Readmissions And Reform Payment May Threaten Care Of Vulnerable Older Adults

Health Affairs

June 20, 2012

 

Bethesda, MD -- ... New analysis, released as a Web First by Health Affairs, examines the impact on this population of three provisions of the ACA-the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (Section 3025), the National Pilot Program on Payment Bundling (Section 3023), and the Community-Based Care Transitions Program (Section 3026). It found that these provisions inadequately address the unique needs of Americans receiving long-term services, and, in some instances, produce unintended consequences that contribute to avoidable poor outcomes. The study is part of Health Affairs' series of occasional articles on The Care Span, supported by the SCAN Foundation.

http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/early/2012/06/18/hlthaff.2012.0110 

 

 

Distaste for Health Care Law Reflects Spending on Ads

The New York Times

June 20, 2012

 

... In all, about $235 million has been spent on ads attacking the law since its passage in March 2010, according to a recent survey by Kantar Media's Campaign Media Analysis Group. Only $69 million has been spent on advertising supporting it.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/21/health/policy/health-care-law-loses-ad-war.html?_r=1&hp

 

 

Health-Care Tax Credit Eludes Some

The Wall Street Journal

June 20, 2012

 

... Government offices and small-business advocacy organizations had projected that millions of employers would be eligible for the health-care tax credit when the health-care overhaul law passed in March 2010. Starting that year, the Internal Revenue Service sent postcards to 4.4 million firms, providing them with basic information on how it worked. But most of those businesses either didn't offer insurance or otherwise fell outside the eligibility requirements. Only 170,300 employers claimed the tax break in 2010, the year it became available, according to a Government Accountability Office report last month, and only 28,100 were able to claim the full amount.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303379204577477160299914638.html 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Insane or not? Decision time in Breivik trial

San Antonio Express-News

June 20, 2012

 

OSLO, Norway (AP) - After nearly 10 weeks of grueling testimony of one of the worst peacetime massacres in modern history, it's time for prosecutors to decide their position on whether they think confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik is insane or not. ... Ultimately, judges will decide Breivik's mental state when they hand down a verdict in July or August.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Insane-or-not-Decision-time-in-Breivik-trial-3648790.php 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

The Abuse of Solitary Confinement

The New York Times

June 20, 2012

 

... While defenders claim that solitary confinement is needed to control the most violent prisoners, prolonged isolation is known to induce suffering and mental illness. About half of prison suicides take place in isolation units. ... The first step, though, should be clear standards minimizing the use of this form of punishment, including an immediate, strictly enforced bar on holding children and mentally ill inmates in severe conditions of isolation.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/21/opinion/the-abuse-of-solitary-confinement.html?_r=1&ref=opinion

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Vicious cycle: Heart attacks can trigger PTSD, study says

Los Angeles Times

June 20, 2012

 

The toll of a heart attack may be more than just physical. Patients who suffer heart attacks could also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder -- which could raise the risk of another heart attack, according to a study in the journal PLoS ONE.

http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-heart-attack-ptsd-risk-20120620,0,3048009.story

 

 

Mental Health Problems In Young Children Predicted By Child Welfare Investigation

Medical News Today

June 21, 2012

 

A study published in the June 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that young children who have been investigated for maltreatment by child welfare agencies have a higher prevalence of mental health problems and that very few receive treatment for those problems.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/246795.php 

 

 

Cognitive function worse in pediatric BD I than II

MedWire News

June 21, 2012

 

Children with bipolar I disorder (BD I) have significantly poorer cognitive functioning than those with bipolar II disorder (BD II), research shows.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/100236/Psychiatry/Cognitive_function_worse_in_pediatric_BD_I_than_II.html 

 

 

CDSS best for assessing depression symptoms in schizophrenia

MedWire News

June 21, 2012

 

Results from a systematic review of published studies suggests that the Calgary Depression Scale for Schizophrenia (CDSS) is the most reliable and valid instrument for assessing depression symptoms in patients with schizophrenia.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/100237/Psychiatry/CDSS_best_for_assessing_depression_symptoms_in_schizophrenia.html 

 

 

PHILANTHROPY

 

UPS Foundation Awards $6.9 Million to Nonprofits Cultivating Diversity

Philanthropy News Digest

June 21, 2012

 

... The funding will support, among other things, the development of women and young girls in emerging nations, disabled veterans, the hearing and visually impaired, and other diverse populations as defined by race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/news/story.jhtml?id=382200014



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