Up to 6 million Americans could have opioid use disorder, nearly three times higher than government estimates, according to a new analysis.
A bipartisan group of senators urged the CMS to expand a Medicare Advantage experiment and include substance abuse disorder treatment in the program. The move could help combat the opioid epidemic, they claim.
Congressional appropriators have approved $90.5 billion in HHS appropriations in a spending package that includes $3.8 billion in opioids funding. Community health centers will also get a funding boost.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America announced on Wednesday that Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen will serve as its sixth president beginning in November. She'll be the first physician to lead the organization in nearly 50 years.
The House of Representatives and Senate will need to clear up significant differences between their bills before they can send an opioids package to President Donald Trump's desk.
The Senate is expected this week to vote on legislation aimed at combating the opioid crisis. Meanwhile, physicians submit comments on the CMS' massive 2019 fee schedule rule.
Intermountain Healthcare, Anthem and other healthcare leaders have launched an alternative payment model intended to provide patients with long-term, comprehensive and integrated care for addiction recovery.
More than half of Americans tested by Quest Diagnostics in 2017 misused prescription drugs, a statistic that has remained relatively flat and suggests that medication adherence is more difficult as the opioid epidemic swells.
Purdue Pharma, a company whose prescription opioid marketing practices are being blamed for sparking the addiction and overdose crisis, says it's helping to fund an effort to make a lower-cost overdose antidote.
Authorities are ramping up their efforts to identify fentanyl flooding into the U.S. from China, control the ingredients used to make the deadly synthetic opioid, and prosecute and eliminate the manufacturers.
A highly regarded former Georgia medical examiner has been sentenced to serve eight years in prison for trading opioid prescriptions for sex in what former colleagues say is a sad and shocking turn for a man they knew as an ethical and dedicated public servant.
The death of a nurse at the University of Michigan Health System and the overdose of an anesthesiology resident in 2013 has led to the Ann Arbor-based system agreeing to pay $4.3 million to settle allegations that it violated federal law in handling opioids.