Posts Tagged: care

Expanded Tobacco Cessation Services for Federal Employees

Beginning on January 1, 2011, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will require all insurance carriers in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program to offer standardized, expanded tobacco cessation coverage. This includes full coverage (no enrollee copayments, no coinsurance, no deductibles, and no annual/lifetime dollar limits) for seven FDA-approved medications, four counseling sessionsRead… Read more »

Giving Perspective to Our Expectations

BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE 10-15-10 Keep health reform’s expectations in perspectiveImplementing a century’s worth of vital reforms will take time—it won’t happen overnight by Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD This year has been very momentous and tumultuous. Health reforms needed for at least a century have succeeded, and implementation has just started. These reforms are desperatelyRead… Read more »

OPM’s New Fed. Employee Health Benefits Plans Database To Put You At Risk?

Thought I would pass this along to you Federal employees: FEHBP database raises privacy concerns By Emily Long 10/05/2010 A new Office of Personnel Management database designed to track federal employee health benefit plans could put at risk the personal information of participants, according to privacy advocates. OPM last week announced plans for a databaseRead… Read more »

David Frum is “Totally Against Transparency”

I must say, as a media stakeholder, I am outraged at David Frum editor of the Frum Forum, who speaking this morning on CNN about the Health care Summit indicated that he is “totally against transparency.” If David’s statement is not challenged, then David just got free air time to minimize all of the effortsRead… Read more »

Evolving Definitions of Mental Illness and Wellness

Manderscheid RW et al. – Understanding of the definitions of wellness and illness has changed from the mid–20th century to modern times, moving from a diagnosis–focused to a person–focused definition of mental illnesses, and from an “absence of disease” model to one that stresses positive psychological function for mental health. Currently, wellness refers to theRead… Read more »