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Drug distributor settles monitoring dispute

January 18, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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McKesson Corporation finalized a $150 million settlement to resolve claims that the company did not adequately monitor and report suspicious orders for controlled substances.

Obama signs Cures Act

December 13, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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President Obama signed the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act on Tuesday, authorizing programs to address substance use disorders and mental health.

FACT FILE: Opioid overdose deaths rise in 2015

December 9, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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New data from the CDC shows opioid overdose-related deaths continued to climb in 2015, driven particularly by heroin and synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl.

What Works: Centers of excellence

November 28, 2016  |  Donna Marbury
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The not-for-profit Clinical Outcomes Group, Inc. is one of 50 centers of excellence funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services to increase integrated behavioral health and primary care.

Midlevel practitioners authorized to prescribe buprenorphine

November 21, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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A new 2017 federal policy will allow physician assistants and nurse practitioners to prescribe buprenorphine. Previously, only physicians were authorized to prescribe the medication.

How to add MAT services to your organization

November 14, 2016  |  Brian Albright
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Deciding to add a medical dimension like MAT to an existing program is one thing; actually making the transition is another. The process involves overcoming a number of hurdles that could potentially derail the program.

Opioid crisis drives Medicaid policy

October 14, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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