Mental Health

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Two House Bills seek to address sharing of mental health information under HIPAA

The Health Subcommittee of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing last week to consider two bills addressing current limits on the sharing of mental health information under HIPAA. The first bill, the...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Leading Up to the SCOTUS King v. Burwell Decision... House Votes to Repeal the Medical Device Tax... CMS Announces It Will Bolster Transitional Reinsurance Payments... MedPAC Releases June Report to Congress....more

Health Alert (Australia) - June 22, 2015

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgements: Victoria. Inquest Into the Death of Baby Chloe Lee Kellett - The Victorian Coroner investigated an infant's death from...more

Health Alert (Australia) - June 15, 2015

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgements: New South Wales. O'Sullivan v Medical Council of New South Wales [2015] NSWCATAD 113 The New South Wales Civil and...more

Health Alert (Australia) - June 9, 2015

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgements: Australia. Fair Work Commission Marr v Western Health [2015] FWC 2970 The Fair Work Commission has held that it was...more

Mental Health Awareness: A Reminder to Maintain Sensitive and Compliant Policies

With one in five Americans currently dealing with mental health issues and about half of Americans suffering from a diagnosable mental health condition within their lifetime, this is a topic which warrants serious attention....more

Parents of disabled children may experience depression and memory loss

Raising a disabled child can create unique challenges for Illinois parents. These parents typically face high levels of stress, misunderstanding from others and burdensome financial expenses. Additionally, the demands of...more

Health Alert (Australia) - May 11, 2015

In This Issue: Judgments, Legislation; and Reports and Publications. Excerpt from Legislation: Commonwealth - 5 May 2015 - Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code — Standard 1.4.2 — Maximum Residue...more

Mental Health Parity Requirements and Medicaid Plans: CMS Seeks Comment on Proposed Rule

On April 10, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published in the Federal Register a proposed rule (“Proposed Rule”) implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction...more

Safety Over Convenience: When Should Employers Investigate their Employees’ Mental State?

Stephen F. Austin is the CEO of Alamo Lines, a bus line servicing Central Texas. One night, a young, promising driver, David Boone, confessed to Stephen that he was suffering from severe depression and suicidal thoughts....more

Health Alert (Australia) - April 28, 2015

In This Issue: Judgments; Reports; and Legislation. Excerpt from Judgments: Australia. Federal Court - 15 April 2015 - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v ACN 117 372 915 Pty Limited (in...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - April 2015

In This Issue: - Employment Law Update After Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. - Excerpt from Employment Law Update After Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.: A pregnant employee walks into your...more

Health Alert (Australia) - April 20, 2015

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. Excerpt from Judgments: New South Wales (NSW) - 13 April 2015 - Sarah White v The Local Health Authority & Anor - [2015] NSWC 417 - The New South...more

CMS’s Proposes Rule On Mental Health Parity to Strengthen Access to Medicaid and CHIP Plans

On April 6, 2015, CMS announced a proposed rule intended to align mental health and substance use disorder benefits for low-income Americans with benefits required of private health plans and insurance. The proposed rule...more

Health Alert (Australia) - April 13, 2015

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. Excerpt from Reports: 27 March 2015 - Public consultation opens on draft Principles and guidelines for the care and use of non-human primates for scientific...more

Airline Tragedy Prompts Renewed Discussion on Employment Inquiries into Mental Health

As the world reels in the wake of last month’s shocking crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 in France, many are questioning what, if anything, the airline should—or could—have done to prevent the tragedy. These questions...more

Behavioral Health Billing Alert

Providers of behavioral health services should be aware that the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), released in May 2013 after more than ten years in...more

What Impact Might Schools Expect From The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Report

Two years after its creation, the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission presented its final report to Governor Malloy on March 6, 2015. The Commission has made comprehensive recommendations regarding safe school design and...more

Workplace Anxiety and the ADA

For employers, weighing an employee’s health issues with workplace concerns, such as employee safety and productivity, often requires a delicate balance. The challenge may be even greater when handling issues related to...more

Kentucky’s Evolving Behavioral Health Providers

One of the most important effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) is the profound change in the coverage of behavioral health services. ...more

Consumer Protection Laws Prohibit Anti-Gay Discrimination?

A recent ruling in a New Jersey consumer fraud case may signal a new strategy for combating some forms anti-gay discrimination. In Ferguson v. JONAH, Judge Peter F. Bariso Jr. prohibited the defendant, a gay-to-straight...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Energy and Commerce Hearing Examines ICD-10 Preparedness... HHS Announces Oncology Care Model Initiative... Pennsylvania Governor Abandons Alternative Medicaid Expansion Approach for Traditional Plan....more

Week in Review - February 2015

MNsure - In light of issues MNsure has encountered during its first year, Sen. Tony Lourey (D-Kerrick), Senate Health and Human Services Budget Committee Chair, wants more accountability. His bill eliminates the Board...more

ERISA-Disability: 1 in 3 Social Security Administration Disability Determinations Involve Mental Disorder Diagnosis

As you know, ERISA plan administrators must consider Social Security Administration (SSA) disability determinations when making the disability benefit decision. ERISA plan administrators are not bound by the SSA’s...more

Williams Mullen and Local Counsel, Bryan Davis, Win Declaratory Action Against HSD in New Mexico!!

For those of you who follow my blog, you know that the single state agency in New Mexico, Human Services Department (HSD), accused 15 behavioral health care providers, which made up 87% of the mental health care in NM, of...more

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