The Salt Lake City-based health system will pay the federal government $1 million to settle allegations that a former medical assistant illegally diverted thousands of painkillers and other pills for personal use by herself and family members.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan will begin a new policy on Feb. 1 that limits opioid prescriptions to members to 30 days and in some cases five days.
A new Health Affairs study found opioid-related deaths in hospitals quadrupled from 2000 to 2014 as providers cared for patients with more severe cases of pain addiction.
The Joint Commission has long considered its accreditation process the hallmark for the healthcare industry. But its other business—consulting—has often raised concerns about the separation of church and state.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced President Donald Trump asked Kellyanne Conway to become the administration's "opioids czar."
The monthly injection has the potential to reduce dangerous relapses that occur when patients stop taking the currently available daily medication. But that benefit has not yet been shown in studies and the new drug comes with a hefty price: $1,580 per monthly dose.
President Donald Trump has donated his third-quarter salary to HHS to help fight the opioid epidemic.
St. Louis providers came up with a plan to try to stop a barrage of heroin overdoses landing in emergency rooms. It involves sending "recovery coaches" to hospitals as living proof that addicts can get better.
The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or more than six times larger than the most recent estimate. The Council of Economic Advisers said some previous studies didn't reflect the number of fatalities blamed on opioids.
The opioid crisis cost the economy $95 billion in 2016, with $21.4 billion spent on treating patients who suffer from opioid abuse, a new analysis from Altarum found.
Pharmaceutical company founder John Kapoor, accused of leading a conspiracy to bribe doctors to prescribe a powerful opioid pain medication for people who didn't need it, has pleaded not guilty.
WellCare, Kentucky's primary Medicaid insurer, launched a program to tackle pharmacy shopping, a tactic among opioid abusers who use multiple pharmacies for the same painkiller drugs.