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Bill Allowing Behavioral Health EHR Incentives Passes Senate
Elizabeth Snell  | EHR Intelligence
The federal government has disbursed more than $38 billion dollars since 2011 in an effort to broaden the use of electronic health records, but only a small part of that total has gone to behavioral health.

Insurance Companies Set an Unreasonable Bar for Mental Health Coverage
Brian Barnett  |  HuffPost
Far too often, suicidal ideation is the measure of whether insurers help patients get the care they need. Short of that standard, many are left to fend for themselves.

Telehealth Use on Rise for Behavioral Health
Jeff Lagasse  |  Healthcare IT News 
In the United States, 70 percent of those with a behavioral health challenge have a medical comorbidity like hypertension that complicates treatment. Telehealth improves care coordination.

Healthcare has Cost Problems, but IT Doesn't Have to Be One of Them
Irv Lichtenwald  |  HITinsight 
Across the board, healthcare costs continue to rise and will likely reach 20 percent of GDP in coming years. Wise purchasing decisions can ensure healthcare IT doesn't make the cost problem worse.

How Outpatient and Inpatient Mental Health Providers Can Work Better Together
Paige Minemyer  |  Fierce Healthcare
In Missouri, a web-based tool that enables providers to securely share patient data reduced ER visits by 14 percent and inpatient admissions by 9 percent, and it saved $98 million in costs.

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