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USPRA Recovery Update
Health reform needs to merge behavioral with medical
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The new health care law encourages providers to bundle payment methods, study best practices and develop accountable care organizations. ACOs will have a financial stake in the outcomes of their patients. These changes could force a major shift in health care providers' practices. Physicians and psychologists, and specifically rehabilitation psychologists, need to move away from the traditional model of considering mental and behavioral health care services as separate from medical care, said Nancy Cheak-Zamora, Ph.D. More

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Tuition refunds, but not quite on equal terms
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Recently, Sallie Mae added a curious product known as tuition refund insurance, which can make a parent whole if an ill child must withdraw from college sometime during the term. The insurance doesn't treat all sickness equally, though. If a student withdraws because of a physical illness or injury, a family gets 100 percent of its money back. People who leave because of mental health problems, however, get only 75 percent back. More

Being too positive is problematic in bipolar disorder
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Appreciating positive emotions like joy and compassion are known to improve mental and physical health. But for people with bipolar disorder, being "up" can often be a big negative. More

Education doesn't stop just because USPRA's 36th Annual Conference has ended
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Even though USPRA's 36th Annual Training Conference held in Boston is over, you can still benefit from the educational content. By signing up for the Online Conference, you can still gain access to the leaders in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation 𔁜 all from the convenience of your own computer. And, you will receive continuing education credit for the breakout sessions you attend online following the completion of their respective competency exams. It's an easy way to earn 22.5 hours of continuing education. More

Psychological distancing may be key to wisdom
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Wisdom is gained by looking at things from a distance like a "fly on a wall," a new study contends. By adopting this perspective of psychological distance, people are more likely to reason wisely in their daily lives, researchers from the University of Michigan found. More

SAMHSA report provides insight on scope and nature of behavioral health issues affecting states
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A new report providing state-by-state analyses of a wide range of behavioral health issues reveals that, despite some wide variations among the states in the types and levels of problems they confront, every state must deal with these issues. The report provides valuable insight to state public health authorities and service providers on the scope and nature of behavioral health issues affecting their states. More

Southern California program tries to catch PTSD veterans in college
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AudioBrief They call themselves "ghosts on campus." Young veterans, transported from roadside bombs and firefights in Iraq or Afghanistan, suddenly back home and in college where no one understands the fear and violence they went through. Post-traumatic stress disorder psychologist Todd Adamson deals with the "ghosts" every day. That's why, with Adamson's help, the nonprofit group U.S. Vets launched a program in several Southern California community colleges trying to find and treat veterans with PTSD. More

Barriers high in mental health care in Boston
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For mental health care, how bad are things, really? That was the question posed by a group of physicians in Boston who had found difficulties in providing psychiatric referrals for their patients. So they undertook a "simulated patient" study, telephoning Blue Cross Blue Shield in-network psychiatric facilities. In each call, they claimed to be patients who had been diagnosed in an emergency department with depression and told to see a mental health professional urgently, within two weeks. Only 12.5 percent of the mental health facilities offered an appointment. More

Maryland paid mental health claims to patients listed as dead
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The agency that manages Maryland's mental health system paid claims to dead people and didn't adequately verify that other patients qualified for state assistance, according to a legislative audit. The audit also found that health records with patients' personal information could have been exposed to security risks and attacks because of lax security measures. More

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