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Category: Mental Health

Advocates, providers address shortage of behavioral health providers

Higher Medicaid reimbursement rates, recruitment strategies and new student loan repayment programs were some of the ideas put forward by healthcare advocates and providers Monday at a joint committee meeting in Chicago focusing on the state’s lack of mental health specialists.
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Illinois receives perfect score for mental health parity laws

Illinois has the strongest mental health parity laws and policies in the country, according to a report released last week by the Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity. Illinois’ statutes, according to the report, maintain equal coverage better than all other states. “Our goal is to lead the nation in providing high quality, cost efficient […]

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Medicare set to strip eligibility from Aurora Chicago Lakeshore Hospital

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is set to strip Aurora Chicago Lakeshore Hospital of its Medicare eligibility because it’s failed to take proper steps to protect suicidal patients. During a July visit, CMS found that the psychiatric hospital had wall-mounted telephones with metal cords longer than 12 inches, was not locking unused doors […]

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