Get Alert
Please Wait... Processing your request... Please Wait.
You must sign in to sign-up for alerts.

Please confirm that your email address is correct, so you can successfully receive this alert.

News and Notes   |    
News Briefs
Psychiatric Services 2012; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.20120p842
View Author and Article Information

Copyright © 2012 by the American Psychiatric Association.

text A A A

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare survey finds low HIT readiness: To be eligible for incentive payments for adopting electronic health records, organizations must meet federally established criteria for “meaningful use” of health information technology (HIT) to record and report key data and to achieve specific goals in patient care. Data from a recent survey of nearly 500 behavioral health organizations show that only 2% of community mental health and addictions treatment organizations feel ready to meet meaningful use requirements, a much lower proportion than their counterparts providing general medical care. When asked about barriers to implementing HIT, 30% of respondents identified “upfront financial costs” as the leading roadblock, followed by 12% who listed “ongoing maintenance costs.” The 47-page report, HIT Adoption and Meaningful Use Readiness in Community Behavioral Health, attributes the disparity in large part to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which provided more than $19 billion for HIT incentive payments but did not qualify behavioral health organizations to receive facility incentive payments. The report calls on Congress to narrow the digital divide between behavioral health and the rest of health care by passing the Behavioral Health Information Technology Act. The full report is available online at www.thenationalcouncil.org.

AHRQ's review of ADHD treatment options and new resources: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has published the results of its evaluation of evidence regarding the potential benefits and adverse effects associated with treatments for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among preschoolers; the long-term effectiveness of interventions for ADHD among children six years and older; and the variability of prevalence, diagnosis, and treatment associated with potential moderating factors. The systematic review included 223 studies published from January 1980 through May 2010. Among preschool children with disruptive behavior disorder, which includes ADHD, the review found that parental behavior training reduces ADHD symptoms. The review also found that medications are thought to generally be safe and effective for improving school-age children's behavior, but long-term side effects are unknown. New resources based on the review include a summary of the research findings for parents and other caregivers, a summary for clinicians, CME activity, and a faculty slide set. The full report is available at www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/adhdtreatment.cfm.




CME Activity

There is currently no quiz available for this resource. Please click here to go to the CME page to find another.
Submit a Comments
Please read the other comments before you post yours. Contributors must reveal any conflict of interest.
Comments are moderated and will appear on the site at the discertion of APA editorial staff.

* = Required Field
(if multiple authors, separate names by comma)
Example: John Doe

Related Content
Dulcan's Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry > Chapter 2.  >
Dulcan's Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry > Chapter 54.  >
Dulcan's Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry > Chapter 16.  >
Dulcan's Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry > Chapter 31.  >
DSM-5™ Clinical Cases > Chapter 7.  >
Topic Collections
Psychiatric News