Wall Street Journal - Hospitals across New York state have repurposed or closed hundreds of psychiatric, detox and drug-rehabilitation beds over the past six months to make room for Covid-19 patients, leading to a cascading crisis in mental-health care.
Treatment has become harder to find just as the pandemic has driven higher demand for services, according to interviews with behavioral-health workers, patients and patients’ families.
About 400 psychiatric beds remain closed for care—more such closures than in the past five years, according to the state’s Office of Mental Health. About 150 addiction beds in hospitals are similarly shut, according to the state’s Office of Addiction Services and Supports. The overall number of such beds had risen slightly over the past five years.
Detroit now has a psychiatric urgent care due to the rise in mental health concerns amid coronavirus pandemic
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To help serve metro Detroiters with mental health concerns, the team at Northeast Integrated Health has opened a psychiatric urgent care in Detroit, offering a range of services six days a week.
More People Are Taking Drugs for Anxiety and Insomnia, and Doctors Are Worried
Prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications and sleep aids have risen during the pandemic, prompting doctors to warn about the possibility of long-term addiction and abuse of the drugs.
What is mental health first aid?
Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.
The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has wreaked havoc on the nation. It has changed the normalcy within our families, workplaces, and communities, resulting in fear, anxiety, and depression which can make it difficult to manage on one’s own. During these challenging times, it is important to have resources to share with patients and colleagues, to help support those who are having difficulty coping with the emotional toll and uncertainty of COVID-19.
MSMS has provided a list of resources to help ease stress, anxiety, and mental fatigue. Click the below button to view these resources on the MSMS website.
This toolkit provides studies reflecting telehealth models that may apply to treating COVID-19, an overview of telehealth policy, and additional resources.
CMS UPDATE: Trump Administration Releases COVID-19 Telehealth Toolkit to Accelerate State Use of Telehealth in Medicaid and CHIP
Today, the Trump Administration released a new toolkit for states to help accelerate adoption of broader telehealth coverage policies in the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP) during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This release builds on the agency’s swift actions to provide states with a wide range of tools and guidance to support their ability to care for their Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries during this public health emergency.
Ensuring that patients can safely receive the care they need at home minimizes travel to healthcare facilities and supports efforts to limit community spread of the virus. Under President Trump’s leadership, CMS has taken numerous steps to ensure that Americans can access the health care services they need through electronic and virtual means. Swift actions in Medicare have ensured that the nation’s health coverage program for seniors is able to pay for telehealth services delivered nationwide and in any setting, with recent steps expanding Medicare payment for 80 additional telehealth services.
Building on those actions, CMS is providing this toolkit for states to take similar steps. Medicaid and CHIP programs are jointly administered by the state and federal governments, and together provide health coverage for over 71 million Americans, including 35 million children. Coverage and payment policies vary by state within federal parameters, and this toolkit will help states identify policies which may impede the rapid deployment of telehealth when providing care. States enjoy broad federal flexibility to cover telehealth through Medicaid, including which methods of communication (such as telephonic, video technology commonly available on smart phones and other devices) a state may use.
“While not all patient interactions can be delivered through telehealth, our clinicians on the frontlines need every tool in their arsenal to fight this invisible enemy,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “I’m urging states to use this toolkit to make sure our Medicaid patients, particularly our children, can continue to receive needed care from the safety of their homes.”
This toolkit provides states with issues to consider as they evaluate the need to expand their telehealth capabilities and coverage policies, including:
The toolkit also includes a compilation of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and other resources available to states. This toolkit is the latest in a series of tools and checklists that CMS has released to help provide states emergency flexibilities and resources that they need during the during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
This release and earlier CMS actions in response to the COVID-19 virus, are all part of ongoing White House Coronavirus Task Force efforts. To keep up with the important work the Task Force is doing in response to COVID-19, click here www.coronavirus.gov. For a complete and updated list of CMS actions, guidance, and other information in response to the COVID-19 virus, please visit the, please visit the Current Emergencies Website.
The Commonwealth fund - Primary Care and the COVID-19 Pandemic
A strong foundation of primary care is critical to the health system and is particularly important during pandemics like COVID-19. Primary care practices should be a natural fit for triaging, testing, treating, and educating patients. The current crisis reveals this is not happening in the United States and is highlighting the long-standing flaws in the system.
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