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By the Numbers: QIN-QIOs Are Improving Identification of Behavioral Health Conditions

May 17th, 2016|

In July 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded six Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) a four-year contract to improve identification of behavioral health conditions among beneficiaries in primary care and care transition settings.

SAMHSA’s Ten Components of Mental Health Recovery

April 22nd, 2016|

Mental health recovery is a journey of healing and transformation enabling a person with a mental health problem to live a meaningful life while striving to achieve his or her full potential.

10 Reasons to Follow Up with Your Doctor After Leaving the Hospital

April 18th, 2016|


It’s important to follow-up with your doctor after being discharged from the hospital.

Older Americans are admitted to the hospital more often than any other age group. Then, after they leave the hospital, one in five ends up back within 30 days. Most of the time, this is preventable.

Part of the problem is that people

The Connection Between Substance Use and Mental Health

April 7th, 2016|

Mental and substance use problems are common and can affect people from all walks of life. Sometimes substance use occurs as a result of a mental illness, while other times the opposite can be true. While these illnesses are serious and sometimes recurring, they are treatable and many people will make a full recovery. National Alcohol Screening Day aims to increase awareness and provide anonymous screenings for substance use, including alcohol, to connect more people with treatment.

Medicare – Insuring Vulnerable Populations for 50 Years

March 30th, 2016|

It’s almost impossible to imagine a time when Medicare didn’t exist, but prior to 1966 the concept of a federal insurance program was unthinkable. A half decade later, more than 55 million U.S. citizens are enrolled in the $172 billion program and receiving the care needed to live healthy lives.

The Centers for Medicare &

Asking the Right Medication Questions Could Save Your Life

February 22nd, 2016|

Victor Harris almost died after taking a new medicine for high blood pressure. Victor, a 52-year-old African American, was on a low dose of blood pressure medicine for two years. After a routine visit to his primary care office, the nurse practitioner he saw changed his medication to lisinopril.

NIH Videos Cover Real Issues Older Adults Face

February 22nd, 2016|

Caregivers of family members face daily stresses and worries as they try to provide the best quality of care for their loved ones.

Happy Anniversary OWH!

February 7th, 2016|

Happy 2016! The new year has been here for a few weeks now, and we at OWH are excited about what’s in store. We’re especially excited because 2016 marks OWH’s 25th anniversary!

Dementia, I (Don’t) Love You

January 27th, 2016|

In the early days, before my mother was diagnosed with dementia, I just thought she had trouble hearing. For example, I often had a sitter at the house to stay with her during the day while I was at work. One day the sitter told my mother that she loved her.

Office of Minority Health: Working for Equality in Healthcare

January 20th, 2016|

Racial and ethnic minorities continue to lag behind in many health outcomes. They are less likely to get the preventive care they need to stay healthy, more likely to suffer from serious illnesses, such as diabetes or heart disease. When they do get sick, they are less likely to have access to quality healthcare.

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