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11 Jan 2019 6:37 PM | Jenaveve Tucker (Administrator)
  1. House Democrats seek authorization to intervene in ACA lawsuit (January 02, 2019) House Democrats introduced a package of rules for the 2019 session that includes a provision calling for authorization to intervene in Texas v. United States, the lawsuit that seeks to dismantle the ACA.

  2. Judge who struck down ObamaCare says it will remain in place during appeal process (12/30/18). The federal judge who struck down ObamaCare earlier this month issued an order on Sunday saying it will remain in place during the appeal process.

  3. Surgeon General Calls for Reversing the 'Epidemic' of Youth Vaping in Rare Advisory (December 18, 2018). With teen vaping rates at an all-time high, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams took the rare step Tuesday of issuing a public health advisory to address the “epidemic” of youth e-cigarette use, and propose prevention strategies ranging from better education to legal restrictions on the products’ use.

  4. Drug use during pregnancy not child abuse: Pennsylvania top court (Dec 28, 2018) Reuters - A divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled on Friday that mothers who use illegal drugs during their pregnancies are not committing child abuse against their newly-born children.

  5. What exactly is CPT Code 96127? (09Jan19) CPT Code 96127 is a code that may be used to report brief behavioral or emotional assessments for reimbursement. These assessments may include any standardized screening instruments that will provide both scoring and further documentation to the healthcare provider.

  6. When Will We Solve Mental Illness? (November 30, 2018) The New York Times. — Biology was supposed to cure what ails psychiatry. Decades later, millions of people with mental disorders are still waiting.

  7. Another Mass Shooting? 'Compassion Fatigue' Is A Natural Reaction (November 9, 2018) — (NPR) As the incidents of mass shootings in the U.S. occur, some people are starting to feel numbed by them. Psychologists says this is normal.

  8. Top 25 Best Mental Health Apps: An Effective Alternative for When You Can't Afford Therapy? (26Oct18) We highlight the best mental health apps for 2018 and hear from the experts just how effective they are as an alternative treatment.
  9. New Concept: Forensic Evaluation Training for Asylum Seekers. “The Human Rights Initiative at UB is a medical student run organization that was founded to address the needs of survivors of torture who are seeking asylum in the Western New York area and beyond. Our expanding network of physicians, medical students, licensed mental health providers, social workers, lawyers and others, works to perform physical, gynecological and psychological forensic evaluations for individuals who have been tortured or persecuted in their native countries and are now applying for asylum in the United States. These evaluations can be lifesaving for our clients; individuals are more likely to be granted asylum in the United States with documentation of the physical or psychological evidence of the torture they experienced.” 
  10. Frontiers/Controversy: The Harms of Male Circumcision. Childhood male circumcision is a contentious topic in American culture, but social work literature rarely, if ever, references it. Social work's disinclination to examine circumcision is incongruent with the profession's role as child welfare experts and advocates. Discussing the circumcision of boys touches on several topics, each of which is emotionally charged. Circumcision has implications about human sexuality, body sovereignty, religious minority rights, medical ethics, childhood trauma, rights of men and intersex people. These subjects elicit passionate opinions and social workers are as prone to emotional responses as the general American population.  Despite our different opinions and passions on the topic, social work could provide a unique and useful perspective congruent with our role as child welfare advocates. Early childhood trauma (even if it can't be consciously recalled) can have a lasting negative effect. 
  11. Mental Health & Law: NAMI And Others File Lawsuit Against The Short-Term, Limited Duration Plan Final Rule. “In partnership with the Association for Community Affiliated Plans and other organizations, NAMI filed suit today to invalidate the federal short-term, limited duration (STLD) insurance plan rule issued last month by three federal agencies.” 
  12. Mental Health & Law: Mental Health Parity At Risk. “NAMI released a report highlighting the impossible barriers millions of Americans living with mental health and substance use disorders faced prior to passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).” 
  13. Standard of Practice: Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) “Within the many acronyms used for POLST, the P can stand for: Professional (including Physician Assistant, Advance Practice Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians, and other health care Professionals), Patient, Preferences, Palliative. All adults should have advance directives to help guide their future health care plans and identify a surrogate decision maker. A POLST form is for when you become seriously ill or frail and its purpose is to provide medical orders to emergency personnel based on your current medical situation. POLST forms and advance directives are both advance care plans but they are not the same.” 
  14. New Concept: Person-Driven Health Outcomes. “With funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation and The SCAN Foundation, NCQA (National Committee for Quality Assurance) has developed an approach to individualized measurement for complex populations that is based on measuring how well organizations are helping individuals achieve personalized goals for their health and life. We call this approach person-driven outcomes.” 


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