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Opioid crisis drives Medicaid policy

October 14, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

In a new survey, Medicaid officials identify a number of state-based efforts they are employing to address the opioid crisis currently as well as plans for the future.

Prescribers sign on for new buprenorphine caps

October 5, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Since SAMHSA issued new rules around the number of patients that physicians can treat with buprenorphine, 1,665 practitioners have applied for and been granted waivers to prescribe at the increased limit of 275 patients, according to the federal agency.

Some states fund comparatively low percentage of buprenorphine costs

September 22, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Advocates for Opioid Recovery recommends that governors investigate how their state Medicaid programs are covering opioid recovery treatment.

Claims study quantifies growing impact of opioid crisis

September 13, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Commercial health insurers paid treatment centers and other providers $445.7 million to treat plan members’ opioid dependence and abuse in 2015, demonstrating a 1,375% spending increase over five years.

Well-meaning friends fuel pain-drug misuse

September 9, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health collected data on the misuse of prescription products and found that 53.7% of those who reported misuse of pain drugs said they got them from a friend or relative.

Surgeon general calls on physicians to fight opioid crisis

August 29, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

In a letter to U.S. physicians, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy calls on clinicians to screen patients for opioid use disorder and to treat addiction as a chronic illness, not a moral failing.

Clinicians can now access Pennsylvania PDMP

August 26, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Pennsylvania launched its newly designed PDMP on Thursday, now with oversight by the health department and access granted to clinicians and pharmacists, who by law must use the database in everyday practice.

Military culture impacts treatment of SUDs in veterans

August 19, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

To treat substance use disorders in veterans and active military personnel effectively, clinicians must first understand the unique facets of the culture in which their patients have lived.

Opioid crisis plagues privately insured

August 5, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

A striking 3,000% increase in opioid dependence among the privately insured is yet more evidence of the national crisis and its prevalence in middle-class demographic groups.

Navigate the naloxone economy

August 2, 2016  |  Brian Albright

Simpler delivery mechanisms are making it easier for laypeople to administer naloxone in an emergency, but pricing of the medicine varies widely.

How CARA might help your bottom line

July 18, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Experts have highlighted two key points in CARA that have the potential to impact a treatment center’s bottom line: midlevel buprenorphine prescribers and new grant money.

President won’t sign CARA without funding

July 7, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest in his briefing on Wednesday said the president probably won't sign the opioid bill without appropriated funding.


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