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Advocate: March 2014
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RESEARCH FINDINGS

Researchers studying aging and brain function took a critical look at the standard cognitive measures that have typically shown that cognitive ability declines as we age. Instead of finding evidence of decline, however, the team discovered that the measures themselves are flawed, because they confuse the impact of increased knowledge with declining capacity.
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MEDICAID EXPANSION: AN INVESTMENT IN STATES' MENTAL HEALTH

By Joel E. Miller   Mass shootings by individuals with a history of mental illness—particularly the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., and most recently at the Navy Yard here in Washington, D.C.—have sparked legislative debates and public conversation about mental health in the United States. 
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CMHCS ARE INVITED TO TAP VA RESOURCES TO TREAT MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY

As more service members begin transitioning out of military service, mental health counselors may encounter an increased number of veterans experiencing mental health challenges. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) created Make the Connection to help veterans—and the clinicians who support them—find the mental health information and resources they need. 
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COLUMN: NEWS FROM AMHCA'S CEO

By Joel E. Miller,    For the first time, nearly 7 million uninsured Americans with a mental health condition—out of 49 million uninsured Americans—are eligible to receive health insurance coverage and access to non-emergency mental health services.
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

By James Finley   House and Senate congressional leaders plan to consider just a few major bills during the rest of this year, and legislation to reform Medicare physician fees is at the top of their list to complete.
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THE BUSINESS OF PRIVATE PRACTICE

Here is one thing you can do to significantly increase the likelihood of your success in private practice.
It’s not a marketing strategy. It’s not a business technique. It’s not a class you take or a book you read. It doesn’t even happen in your office. It is a decision you make, an attitude you take, and it happens between your ears.

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NOTEWORTHY

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released new guidance explaining how the HIPAA Privacy Rule operates to protect individuals’ privacy rights with respect to their mental health information.
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STUDENT CORNER

By April Krowel,   Culture is understood to comprise origins, roles, and other concrete factors (e.g. ideals, beliefs, skills, tools, customs, and institutions) into which each member of society is born. I believe that the military is no exception and that an argument could be made to refer to it as a minority culture. 
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RISK MANAGEMENT

By Richard S. Leslie, JD   While I have written about this topic recently, I was asked to comment on the topic again—that is, the situation where a registered intern or trainee fails to report child abuse, and then discovers this failure to obey the law when receiving supervision. 
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