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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

April, 2012

Interactive: Mapping Medicaid Patients' Pharmacy Access

Texas Tribune

April 10, 2012


State lawmakers expect to save more than $100 million by including pharmaceutical reimbursements in Medicaid managed care, which was rolled out across the state this year. ...The interactive map below shows Medicaid patients' access to pharmacies across the state by comparing the location of pharmacies serving Medicaid patients as of March 2012 to the percentage of the county population enrolled in Medicaid as of August 2011 - the most current available enrollment data 



Does Faith Matter? UTSA Professor Will Present Lecture on Religion and Mental Health

Baylor University

April 10, 2012


Dr. Christopher G. Ellison, professor of sociology and Dean's Distinguished Professor of Social Science at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will present his lecture, "Does Faith Really Matter? Exploring the Relationships Between Religion and Mental Health." 



Mental health should be monitored


April 10, 2012


The conference plans to address health and wellness issues relevant to the student body. Topics include caffeine consumption, the effect of stress on appetite and food intake and creating a safe and healthy school community through bullying prevention and health education. 





Adults experiencing mental illness have higher rates of certain chronic physical illnesses


April 10, 2012


A new report shows that adults (aged 18 and older) who had a mental illness in the past year have higher rates of certain physical illnesses than those not experiencing mental illness. According to the report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), adults aged 18 and older who had any mental illness, serious mental illness, or major depressive episodes in the past year had increased rates of high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.



Psychiatrists' Labeling Practices May Be Desensitizing The Public

Medical News Today

April 11, 2012


... According to a new study, as definitions of mental illnesses become broader, people who show signs of depression and other common mental illnesses are less likely to evoke a supportive response from friends and family members as are people with other severe mental disorders. This new study was released in a recent issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior (published by SAGE).



Report Urges New Tax on Medical Care

Wall Street Journal

April 10, 2012


An influential federal advisory body called for levying a new tax on medical care to finance improvements to public-health services in the U.S. ...The report recommends that the government create a detailed description of a basic set of public-health services that should be made available everywhere. These could include anti-smoking programs, testing for and vaccinating against communicable diseases, injury prevention, screening for chronic diseases such as diabetes, and mental-health and substance-abuse treatment. Such services are generally provided by state and local agencies, with some of the funding coming from the federal government. 



Hospitals scramble on the front lines of drug shortages

Washington Post

April 10, 2012


...Shortages of prescription drugs have been a growing concern for the past six years. They nearly tripled from 2005 to 2010 and reached record levels in 2011 as manufacturers ceased operations or ran into production problems. The Food and Drug Administration has been scrambling to respond, helping firms resume production more quickly and approving emergency imports of supplies. ... Most hospitals rarely get advance notice of the shortages, explanations of what caused them or estimates of how long they will last. 



Mike Wallace's public battle with depression


April 10, 2012


...Wallace made news of his own when he acknowledged his longtime war with depression - a fight that nearly caused him to take his own life. "I came perilously close to committing suicide," Wallace wrote in his memoir "Between You and Me." He described in dramatic detail how he was crushed by a devastating depression fueled by stress from a $120 million libel suit over a 1982 CBS documentary about the Vietnam War.





Supreme Court misunderstanding on health overhaul?

El Paso Times

April 11, 2012


WASHINGTON (AP) - ...During the recent oral arguments some of the justices and the lawyers appearing before them seemed to be under the impression that the law does not allow most consumers to buy low-cost, stripped-down insurance to satisfy its controversial coverage requirement. ... The health care law does impose a minimum set of "essential health benefits" for most insurance plans. Those benefits have yet to be specified, but are expected to reflect what a typical small-business plan now offers, with added preventive, mental health and other services. 



Poll: More Americans expect Supreme Court's health-care decision to be political

Washington Post

April 10, 2012


...The public's perception of the court is closely tied to partisan and ideological leanings. Almost twice as many conservative Republicans think the court will decide on the basis of the law rather than politics, 58 to 33 percent. Liberal Democrats are more skeptical, saying by an equally wide margin that the court will put politics first. Just over half of political independents think the court will base its ruling on partisan predispositions. This includes similar numbers of independents who support and oppose the health law. 



Revamping Medicare: Proposals, politics and timelines

San Antonio Express-News

April 10, 2012


... Q: So Medicare will remain untouched at least until next year? A: No. The 2010 health law made some potentially important money-saving changes to the program. It saved $500 billion in Medicare spending over 10 years, in part by cutting rates to private Medicare Advantage plans and by reducing payments to hospitals and other medical providers. It also requires higher-income seniors to pay more for their care. 



ACOs Multiply As Medicare Announces 27 New Ones

Kaiser Health News

April 10, 2012


Despite uncertainty over how the Supreme Court will rule on the health law, a key provision intended to help transform the delivery of care is moving ahead. The Obama administration announced Tuesday that 27 health systems have been selected to participate in Medicare's Shared Savings Program, which offers financial incentives for physicians, hospitals and other health care providers to team up in "accountable care organizations." 





Psychiatry May Also Face Scrutiny at Norway Killer's Trial

New York Times

April 10, 2012


...As recently as last month, prosecutors in Norway said that Mr. Breivik would likely be placed in involuntary psychiatric care because he was considered psychotic. But that approach appeared to be based on the first report, conducted by two psychiatrists in a court-ordered assessment. The new evaluation, also ordered by the court, followed widespread criticism of the earlier finding. The discrepancy between the two findings was not immediately explained. The clinical disagreement prompted some Norwegian news media to speculate that the methods of psychiatric evaluation would also be put on trial along with Mr. Breivik when hearings begin next week. 





Advisory board: The health care reform you should fear the most

San Antonio Express-News

April 10, 2012


...But a lesser-known provision - the Independent Payment Advisory Board - is one that deserves your attention if you value the quality of the medical care you receive. In creating President Obama's health care law, policymakers recognized the need to reform Medicare. For instance, the most recent report by the Medicare Trustees predicts that funds will be depleted by 2024. To solve that problem, the new health care law created IPAB, a board of 15 people who are not elected, and will not be accountable to taxpayers or Medicare beneficiaries. They - not patients, doctors or even legislators - will make difficult decisions about funding for health care. 



Why do so few care about these dead children?

Dallas Morning News

April 10, 2012


...How can we accept that 181 Texas children are confirmed to suffer from child abuse every single day? ...From Child Protective Services and foster care costs to court, law enforcement, hospital, medication and mental health care costs, our actual outlays - in raw dollar terms - are exorbitant. ...Oversimplified, those not treated for their childhood trauma often identify with the perpetrator by acting out, bullying siblings or schoolmates, brutalizing pets, evolving into domestic violence perpetrators - or worse. Those who identify as victims often turn their anger inward, unconsciously re-enacting the trauma through self-destructive revictimization behaviors, including prostitution, domestic violence and suicide. 





Older bipolar patients have worse cognition than depressed peers

MedWire News

April 11, 2012


Elderly adults with bipolar disorder have poorer cognitive function than their peers with major depressive disorder (MDD), study results suggest.



Yoga may benefit schizophrenia patients

MedWire News

April 11, 2012


Results from a systematic review and meta-analysis of published studies suggest that yoga may benefit patients with schizophrenia in terms of symptom reduction and improvements in health-related quality of life (HRQOL).



Overcoming Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder


April 10, 2012


...Based on previous work conducted with colleagues at the University of British Columbia and the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, [Adam] Radomsky is now testing a novel approach to treatment for compulsive checking that could just mean vast improvements in the quality of life of countless individuals.



Mothers and OCD Children Trapped in Rituals Have Impaired Relationships


April 10, 2012


A new study from Case Western Reserve University finds mothers tend to be more critical of children with obsessive-compulsive disorder than they are of other children in the family. And, that parental criticism is linked to poorer outcomes for the child after treatment.



'Uok?' Text Messages Can Soothe the Disconnected Soul


April 10, 2012


...Adrian Aguilera, a clinical psychologist who treats many low-income Latinos for depression and other mental disorders, said his patients report feeling more connected and cared for when they receive text messages asking them to track their moods, reflect on positive interactions, and take their prescribed medications.





Mental Illness Proposed As Common Experience Theme

The University Star - San Marcos, Texas

April 11, 2012


...Meyer's son, now 14 years old, went through spells of severe depression, aggression and hyperactivity, along with the hallucinations from a young age. Meyer developed his common experience theme of mental illness to educate and inform students on mental illness and how people cope with it. Common experience themes are based on its interdisciplinary aspect and broad based interest to students at the university



It Is What It Is

National Alliance on Mental Illness

April 10, 2012


...As a parent of someone with schizophrenia, I realized what an important role I played in my son's wellbeing. If you love someone with a mental illness, you too may be the only person standing in the gap between them and homelessness, jail, abuse or suicide. 



Paraskevidekat- riaphobia - it's here tomorrow

San Antonio Express-News

April 10, 2012


...The American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education estimates 7.8 percent of American adults have phobias. They are the most common psychiatric illnesses among women of all ages and are the second most common among men older than 25. Phobias may cause a person to avoid common places, circumstances or objects even though they logically know there isn't any danger. In fact, the person might even panic at the idea of coming in contact with the source of the phobia.





Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation Awards $4 Million for Childhood Obesity Prevention Efforts

Philanthropy News Digest

April 11, 2012


Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, has announced grants and technical assistance totaling $4 million to organizations working to combat childhood obesity and health disparities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. 


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