Message from the President and CEO
We are pleased to present a new and improved design for CEO Update, your weekly summary of industry and association news! This electronic newsletter serves the same purpose, and we hope you like the updated format.
You will also see a new design in our other NABH communication pieces that we send our members via
e-mail. At our recent staff retreat, our team discussed what information we share with our members; how we present that information; and how we want to share that information in the future.
We decided to keep what works and add some new forms of communication in 2019. In addition to your weekly CEO Update, you will receive the following communication pieces throughout the year:
NABH Alert: This message will contain urgent news briefs.
NABH Inside Scoop: This message is meant to share inside information about what our team is hearing on Capitol Hill, at the regulatory agencies and accrediting bodies, and within the industry.
NABH Issue Brief: This message will include all major points of an issue with some analysis.
NABH Analysis: The message is the longest form of communication we will share and is meant for in-depth summaries of bills and regulations.
We hope these resources will help you in your work as you advance NABH’s mission. As always, we welcome your feedback!
—Mark Covall, NABH President and CEO
Davos 2019 Spotlights Mental Health
The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week highlighted mental health as a growing global challenge that is both a health issue and an economic one.
According to one London-based report of the annual conference in the Swiss alps, mental health is especially a challenge in low- and middle-income countries where numbers are rising but services lag behind. The story cited the World Health Organization’s estimates that more than three quarters of people with mental disorders in those countries receive no treatment.
Meanwhile, mental health is responsible for 13 percent of the global burden of disease, and the World Economic Forum estimates it will cost the global economy $16 trillion by 2030 in lost productivity and healthcare costs. Even so, countries spend an average of less than 2 percent of their health budgets on mental health, the story noted. And less than 1 percent of global health aid—about $132 million a year—was directed to mental health between 1995 and 2015.
Bipartisan Policy Center Releases Report on Integrating Clinical and Mental Health
NABH’s top advocacy priorities were included in Integrating Clinical and Mental Health: Challenges and Opportunities, a 46-page report from the Bipartisan Policy Center this week that examines the barriers to integrating clinical and mental health services and identifies potential policy solutions to achieve integration.
According to the report, nearly 45 million American adults suffered some form of mental illness in 2016, and at least 25 states experienced at least a 30-percent increase in suicide rates between 2014 and 2016. Meanwhile, 20.1 million Americans experienced a substance use disorder (SUD) and 8.2 million experienced both a mental illness and SUD in that same year.
NABH is pleased that the Bipartisan Policy Center recommendations include repealing the Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion in Medicaid; eliminating the 190-day lifetime limit; and providing resources for behavioral health IT.
The report is organized by the following topic areas: use of grant programs in treating mental illness and the transition to integrated care; insurance coverage barriers and policy options; workforce barriers and policy options; and federal administrative barriers and policy options.
NABH and Six Other Hospital Associations Present HIT Interoperability Agenda
NABH was one of seven national hospital associations this week that urged public and private stakeholders to support a six-point agenda that would help the United States achieve the secure exchange of patient health information.
NABH joined America’s Essential Hospitals, the American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, Catholic Health Association of the United States, Children’s Hospital Association and Federation of American Hospitals in presenting the health information technology (HIT) agenda to “support optimal individual health, healthcare, and value.”
Included in the report Sharing Data, Sharing Lives, the agenda identifies six pathways to exchange patient health information securely: security and privacy; efficient, usable solutions; cost-effective, enhanced infrastructure; standards that work; connecting beyond electronic health records; and shared best practices.
An infographic accompanied the Sharing Data, Sharing Lives report that the seven organizations released on Jan. 22.
CMS Seeks Public Comment on the Follow-Up After Psychiatric Hospitalization Measure
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG) is seeking comments from healthcare professionals and stakeholder organizations on the new Follow-Up After Psychiatric Hospitalization quality measure.
After the measure is made final, it may be proposed to be included in the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting program.
The public comment period opens today, Friday, January 25, 2019, and will remain open through Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at noon ET. Click here for more information and here to submit comments. Please contact HSAG at PQM@hsag.com if you have trouble submitting comments.
Thank you to Our 2019 NABH Annual Meeting Exhibitors and Sponsors!
NABH thanks all of the companies that will serve as exhibitors or sponsors at the 2019 NABH Annual Meeting in March.
Please take a moment to view our Exhibitors & Sponsors on our Annual Meeting homepage, where you can click on each organization to learn more. Also, please remember to visit with our exhibitors and sponsors during the Annual Meeting from March 18-20 at the Mandarin Oriental Washington, DC.
And if you haven’t done so yet, please take a moment to read our updated preliminary program; register for the Annual Meeting; and reserve your hotel room! The hotel cut-off date is Monday, Feb. 11.
We look forward to seeing you in Washington!
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