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Big Pharma, big lawsuits

November 22, 2017  |  Brian Albright
article

The claimants in most of the pharma lawsuits want to see an end to what they characterize as aggressive and misleading opioid marketing as well as help in shouldering the enormous cost to states, counties and cities now dealing with rising levels of...

Coalition forms to drive parity compliance in 10 states

November 17, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

The Parity@10 Campaign aims to shift the burden onto insurers to demonstrate their plans comply with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act before they can be sold to consumers.

The least you need to know about HHS nominee Azar

November 13, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
blog

President Donald Trump is nominating Alex Azar as his choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Here is the least you need to know about the nominee.

Record-setting amount of prescriptions collected on Take Back Day

November 7, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
news

More than 456 tons of unwanted medications were collected for safe disposal during the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 14th Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Executives mixed on opioid commission report

November 2, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
news

The report's calls for parity compliance regulations and training requirements are lauded, but a lack of additional funding disappoints.

IMD changes trump emergency declaration

October 26, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

In addition to declaring the opioid crisis a public health emergency, President Donald Trump on Thursday announced a policy to expedite the waiver process for states requesting an IMD exclusion workaround.

Opioid crisis made worse by big-money influence and DEA disablement

October 17, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

Those who are working tirelessly to address the opioid crisis were disheartened by a recent report that describes how profitable drug distributors influenced a policy that reduced the DEA’s ability to stop diversion.

Medicare embraces chronic care management and creates opportunities for behavioral health providers

October 9, 2017  |  Charlie Hutchinson
Perspectives

While behavioral health providers now have a greater opportunity to be involved in a patient’s collaborative care, it’s the responsibility of the providers themselves to ensure they are set up for success in these situations.

Bipartisan lawmakers seek to extend CCBHCs

October 4, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

On Tuesday, lawmakers in both chambers reintroduced a bill to extend the federal demo for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics to a total of 19 states.

Another Senate ACA bill up for yet another vote

September 19, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
news

Critics are concerned about how the policy would shift costs to states and ultimately lead to coverage and eligibility cuts in Medicaid programs—just as they were with the previous bills.

The opioid emergency declaration is not dead

September 18, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that the notorious state of emergency declaration is still in play, but remember that practical developments are on hold until federal officials complete the legwork.

Census Bureau: Poverty, uninsured rates declined in 2016

September 13, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
news

The U.S. Census Bureau announced that the number of people without health insurance declined to 28.1 million and 2.5 million fewer people lived in poverty in 2016.

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