The companies were among 15 nonprofit organizations that were suspended in late June from receiving Medicaid reimbursements because of allegations of fraud, mismanagement and billing problems. The department previously lifted the payment freeze on one provider. The attorney general’s office continues to investigate the allegations, which were raised by an auditor hired by the department, whistle-blowers and the agency’s third-party administrator of behavioral health services. The settlements by the two companies do not end the attorney general’s investigation of them, according to a department spokesman. “This is a positive outcome that allows us to recoup a significant portion of the Medicaid funding that has been identified as overpayments,” Human Services Secretary Sidonie Squier said in a statement.
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Health law may strain mental health system
Dr. Ranga Ram, a psychiatrist in Brandywine Hundred, Del., expects far more emerging psychiatric patients than the state’s system can absorb. (Photo: Emily Varisco, The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal) In Delaware, which has an estimated 90,000 uninsured residents, that would mean about 22,500 with potential need for care not counting those who already have some kind of medical insurance but none for mental health or substance abuse. Meanwhile, Delaware’s mental health system is already over capacity, psychiatrists and others in the field say, sometimes leaving patients to wait three or four months for an appointment with a psychiatrist. “We’ve had a pinch in supply and demand all the way along the line,” said Dr.
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British movement uses baking to fight depression, mental health issues
The Better Health Bakery in east London provides training placements for adults living with mental health issues, The Independent reports. Plus The Real Bread Campaign, which received a four-year grant in 2009 from the Big Lottery’s Local Food programs to bring real bread back to local communities, said the potential number of people who could benefit from baking “runs into the hundreds of thousands or even millions.” In London, The Depressed Cake Shop, a mental health charity initiative, ran a series of pop-up cake stalls around the UK earlier this summer, selling only grey cakes and baked goods. According to the BBC, the publicity stunt raised thousands of British pounds for mental health charities and got people talking more about mental health issues and how baking can help. RELATED: DEPRESSION AFFECTS MEN AND WOMEN EQUALLY: STUDY Whaite has also recently introduced a cookbook called “John Whaite Bakes: Recipes for Every Day and Every Mood,” with a chapter devoted to lifting your spirits. British novelist Marian Keyes has also relied on baking to help her cope with major depression.
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