Debriefing the 2022 WV Regular Legislative Session – Behavioral Health


Brian Skinner Behavioral Health, Health Care, Legislation, Legislature, Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders

By Brian J. Skinner, Esq. Four bills related to behavioral health were passed during the second session of the 85th West Virginia Legislature. Most significantly, House Bill 4369 updated the telepsychology compact. It added two additional criteria for a psychologist who holds a graduate degree in psychology, which is necessary for him or her to …Read More

Debriefing the 2022 WV Regular Legislative Session — Health Care


Brian Skinner Health Care, Legislation, Legislature, Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders, Public Health

By Brian J. Skinner, Esq. During its Second Session, the 85th West Virginia Legislature passed several bills related to health care. As always, because it is an election year, abortion was on the agenda. The Legislature passed a bill to prohibit abortion of a viable fetus because of the presence or presumption of a disability, …Read More

Debriefing the 2021 WV Legislative Session – Health Care Practitioners


Brian Skinner Health Care, Legislation
Health Care

By Brian Skinner, Esq. In a year where COVID-19 resulted in health care issues dominating the news, the West Virginia Legislature considered several health care related bills including legislation to increase patient access to health care, address the cost of health care, and limit the liability of health care providers for COVID-19 related treatment. This article …Read More

Debriefing the 2021 WV Legislative Session – Women’s Health


Brian Skinner Health Care, Legislation, Women's Health
Women's health

By Brian J. Skinner, Esq. During the 2021 regular legislative session, approximately 19 bills were introduced that would have impacted women’s health, if enacted. While the vast majority of the introduced legislation were related to abortion, three bills, unrelated to abortion, were enacted and are likely to increase women’s access to health care. The first …Read More

Study Shows Few Clinicians Prescribe Buprenorphine to Patients With Opioid Use Disorder


Brian Skinner Health Care, Substance Use Prevention and Treatment

  Pew – By Alexandra Duncan & Ian Reynolds – August 24, 2020 Research published Aug. 24 in JAMA Network Open helps to explain the vast treatment gap for people with opioid use disorder (OUD), attributing it in part to the small number of clinicians prescribing buprenorphine, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medication that has been …Read More