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Coalition forms to drive parity compliance in 10 states

November 17, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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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.

Opioid crisis update from the field

November 9, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
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This week’s 2017 National Meeting of the American Public Health Association featured almost a dozen sessions on today’s opioid crisis. My commentary today seeks to provide an overview of where we currently stand in our national efforts to address this profound...

Group of payers say they will adhere to evidence-based principles

November 8, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
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Sixteen healthcare payers today announced a commitment to principles of addiction care derived from the Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health.

Florida insurer to cease OxyContin coverage

November 8, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Florida Blue announced it will cease coverage of OxyContin by January, following in the footsteps of Cigna.

Record-setting amount of prescriptions collected on Take Back Day

November 7, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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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.

Indiana counties scrap syringe exchange programs

November 6, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Now two years removed from an HIV outbreak in the state, old concerns drive Indiana counties to begin defunding syringe exchange programs.

Executives mixed on opioid commission report

November 2, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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The report's calls for parity compliance regulations and training requirements are lauded, but a lack of additional funding disappoints.

Partnerships between public health and behavioral health move self-management

October 31, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
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Now, two fields, public health and behavioral health, are beginning to open up the possibilities of working together on population health management.

IMD changes trump emergency declaration

October 26, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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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.

Competition seeks tech-based solutions for opioid epidemic

October 19, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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The Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge seeks scientific approaches and tech-based solutions for addressing substance use disorders.

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

October 17, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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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 places few restrictions on opioid prescribing

October 16, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A study released by researchers at Yale University shows one-third of opioid medications were prescribed with no limitations from Medicare plans.

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