U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams called on emergency physicians to take a bigger role advocating for evidence-based treatment, supporting harm reduction strategies like safe injection sites and needle exchanges.
Providers, advocacy groups and some policymakers are pressing for stronger enforcement of mental health parity laws. But congressional Republicans and Democrats disagree about giving the federal government more enforcement power.
Samantha Huntley had been struggling with heroin addiction for several years. After a month of residential treatment, Huntley and her counselor called her mother to say the family's insurer, UnitedHealthcare, would not extend inpatient coverage.
As House lawmakers try to loosen a controversial limit on residential treatment for opioid addicts, Medicaid reimbursement issues are getting wrapped into the bigger fight over how much Congress should chip away at the longtime provision.
Congress' so-called upper chamber will be busy this week. Senate hearings are set for 340B, opioids and the 2019 budget.
The CDC is recommending that $100 million in grants for rural counties battling the opioid epidemic should focus on areas with the highest hepatitis C infection rates, leaving out many hard-hit areas.
Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has received federal approval to use $2 billion in Medicaid funding differently. The state plans to boost behavioral health services and combat the opioid crisis.
The Opioid Steward Program is a systemwide initiative that emphasizes education of patients and medical staff on pain management.
Guest Commentary: Hospitals can fight the opioid crisis by treating addiction like the disease it is
In many doctor's offices and hospitals across the country, the response to someone seeking addiction treatment is simple: "We don't do that here." We are living through the deadliest drug epidemic in American history. "We don't do that here" cannot be an option.
As the opioid epidemic continues to spread, UCHealth in Colorado took the unusual step of instituting random drug testing for its 21,000 employees. CEO Elizabeth Concordia discusses that strategy in this Q&A.
Physician groups, hospitals and health systems of all sizes must prioritize what cost-cutting strategies will deliver the most value, both in the short and long term.
Hospital execs and lobbyists will flood the Washington Hilton for the American Hospital Association's annual membership meeting. HHS Secretary Alexa Azar, CMS Administrator Seema Verma, and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) are among the D.C. dignitaries scheduled to speak.