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The National Council’s Top 5 Conversations of 2015

December 31, 2015 | Healthcare | Comments
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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

One of the most rewarding parts of my job is the opportunity to engage with the staff of member organizations and the people treated by those organizations. When traveling around the country, I truly look forward to the conversations we have. Another way I try to engage is with written conversations — offering new information […]

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Your iPhone is obsolete and so is integration as we know it

August 17, 2015 | Healthcare | Parity | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

A decade ago, the iPhone was just a glimmer in a designer’s eye, and integration was a transformative concept in healthcare. The idea that we could improve patients’ health and extend their lives by addressing both their physical and behavioral health needs was unfamiliar to many—even revolutionary. Today, we still have a long way to […]

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Hiding Behind HIPAA

July 22, 2015 | Advocacy | Compliance | Healthcare | Comments
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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

It’s natural for someone who cares deeply about an issue to be zealous. But some have taken the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to extremes. HIPAA, as it’s known, is the federal law that – among other things – guarantees medical privacy. In a continuing care retirement community, Helen Wyvill, 72, tried to find […]

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King v. Parity

June 24, 2015 | Healthcare | Parity | Comments
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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Sometime between Thursday and next Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue its decision in what could be the final legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Pundits, politicians and legal scholars are holding their collective breath as we wait to find out if the Court will strike down the federal subsidies that help millions […]

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Don’t Drift Downstream

June 16, 2015 | Healthcare | Substance Use | Comments
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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Recently, a friend of mine told me a story about his uncle Mike, who loves to escape to his “man cave,” watch football, and have a few brews. One night, as Mike came downstairs from a visit to the bathroom, he lost his footing, stumbled down three stairs, and broke his leg. While Mike got […]

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The Epidemic Hiding in Your Living Room

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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Nearly a third of people who use drugs for the first time begin by using a prescription drug non-medically, and data suggests that one in 15 people who take non-medical prescription pain relievers will try heroin within 10 years. In 2014, I wrote about the difficulties policymakers are having coming to terms with the prescription […]

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Recruit for Attitude – Then Train for Skill: The State of Training in 2015

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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

State of Training 2015: Training is essential to what you do. Staff training and development opportunities are critical pieces of service quality and, frankly, organizational sustainability.

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A Do-Something Congress

Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

This editorial originally appeared in Roll Call. As this lame-duck Congress limps to the end of its tenure, pundits are shouting about its ineffectiveness. The 113th Congress passed fewer laws than any Congress in 60 years. With control of the government still divided along party lines, many see little hope the next Congress will be […]

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Everything is Mobile — Including Behavioral Health

November 24, 2014 | Healthcare | Comments
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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Technology is rapidly growing and changing the health care landscape. We were pleased when Kathy Reynolds, the National Council’s Vice President of Health Integration, was asked to speak at a Capitol Hill briefing on data and mobile technology and their impact on our health care. Her message was clear: the behavioral health industry cannot be left behind. […]

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Recovery Month: A Time For Some Tough Questions

September 19, 2014 | Addiction | Healthcare | Comments
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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

September is National Recovery Month, a time to shine a spotlight on the strides the addiction and mental health communities have taken in the prevention, treatment and recovery-support services for addictions and mental illnesses. But also a time to ask tough questions.

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