Improving Behavioral Health Treatment 

As May marks National Mental Health Month, this issue of QIO News looks at how nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals and other health care stakeholders are addressing behavioral health as it evolves in the patient population.

Dr. Richard McKeon with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shares information on improving suicide prevention. 
Care providers and lawmakers alike are joining the push for better, broader access to mental health treatment for people with Medicare and others in the senior community. 
The New England QIN-QIO is spearheading an initiative to provide behavioral health training at nursing homes in Rhode Island to treat a changing demographic. 
National Care Transitions Awareness Day, held April 16 in Baltimore, offered a forum for ideas, information, inspiration and action. 
CMS announces a temporary pause on BFCC-QIO Short Stay and Higher Weighted Diagnosis-Related Group reviews. 
Did You Know?
May is National Stroke Awareness Month. As the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States, strokes happen to someone every 40 seconds, and more than 795,000 people every year. And while they affect people of all ages, the chances increase with age. Recognizing the signs and symptoms and reacting quickly vastly improves stroke outcomes. Learn more about stroke awareness here.