This week, Sylvia M. Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, announced an initiative that will fund 39 national and regional health care networks and supporting organizations to help equip more than 140,000 clinicians with the tools and support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information, and reduce costs.
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In one week, the U.S. health care system will start using the ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision). This is a huge moment because ICD-10 will help doctors and other health care providers better:
- Define patients’ clinical status and treat their complex medical conditions.
- Coordinate care among providers.
- Support new payment methods that drive quality of care.
As we come to October 1st, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to assure the medical community that we’ve tested and retested our systems, and we’re prepared to solve problems that may come up.
Because we know this is a major transition, we’ll be:
From Coverage to Care: SAMHSA and CMS partner to help you make the most of your healthcare insurance
The Affordable Care Act has allowed millions of Americans to receive private health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during 2014’s open enrollment period. Additionally, 6.7 million more individuals enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) due to Medicaid expansion in many states. As a result of the Affordable Care Act, over 62 million people will receive new or expanded coverage for behavioral health.
There are many studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of peer support. For example, research has demonstrated that peer support helps improve the mental health of veterans, makes people reduces hospital visits for those with co-occurring disorders, and increases coping skills of families with a family member who has a mental illness. Because of studies like these, SAMHSA, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and over 40 states consider peer and family support an evidence-based practice.
Beyond the numbers, stories from real people who have had their lives changed for the better show how critical it can be. Here’s what one man in recovery named Jeff had to say:
Cross-posted from HHS.gov/HealthCare BlogPosted March 17, 2014 • By Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid ServicesAs this historic open enrollment period enters its final weeks, millions of Americans are finding quality, affordable coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Fernando Valdez and Denise Schroeder were part of a weekend wave of consumers signing up for new coverage and bringing enrollment nationwide to more than 5 million through the Federal and State-based Marketplaces since
More Americans every day are finding quality, affordable coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace. Today, we announced that enrollment in the Marketplace continued to rise in February to a five-month total of 4.2 million. These numbers demonstrate that our aggressive outreach is helping to make a difference –with millions of Americans now enjoying the peace of mind that comes with new coverage.