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Data Points: One budget gives, another looks to take away

Data Points: One budget gives, another looks to take away

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 17, 2018

President Donald Trump's fiscal 2019 budget blueprint includes a 21% reduction in HHS' overall budget. Beyond cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, smaller programs would also see their funding shrink.

Trump calls for $18 billion cut to HHS funding

Trump calls for $18 billion cut to HHS funding

By Virgil Dickson  |  February 12, 2018

President Donald Trump's budget proposal includes an $18 billion cut to HHS funds while encouraging the agency to launch more initiatives to battle the opioid epidemic.

Colorado ERs work together to lower opioid prescribing by 36%

Colorado ERs work together to lower opioid prescribing by 36%

By Maria Castellucci  |  February 10, 2018

The Colorado Opioid Safety Pilot focuses on replacing opioids with other alternative medications to treat pain. The 10 EDs in Colorado that participated in the project decreased prescribing by 36% over six months.

OxyContin maker will stop promoting opioids to doctors

OxyContin maker will stop promoting opioids to doctors

By Associated Press  |  February 10, 2018

OxyContin has long been the world's top-selling opioid painkiller, bringing in billions in sales for privately held Purdue Pharma. Now, the company said it will stop marketing opioid drugs to doctors.

AHIP analysis reveals trouble spots in opioid prescribing

AHIP analysis reveals trouble spots in opioid prescribing

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 07, 2018

America's Health Insurance Plans says its assessment of opioid prescribing practices can serve as a "road map" for stakeholders to concentrate their efforts on improving patient safety and lowering the risk of misuse.

Trump calls opioid crisis a priority. So where's the funding?

Trump calls opioid crisis a priority. So where's the funding?

By Susannah Luthi  |  February 01, 2018

The costs and social toll of the opioid epidemic are only growing, and hospitals on the frontlines say it will take a generation to reverse. More than a year after Congress' last funding measure to help combat the crisis, advocates and providers ask: What's next?

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