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FACT FILE: OIG flags opioid misuse, questionable prescribing in Medicare Part D

August 10, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A study of Medicare Part D data from 2016 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General identifies cases of extreme use of opioids, questionable prescribing and doctor shopping by beneficiaries.

Defeating the diseases of despair

August 10, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
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Although small in comparison within the overall U.S. death rate, deaths due to “diseases of despair” currently are growing, with opioid-related deaths  spiking considerably.

Missouri sets up PDMP at last—but with caveats

August 9, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Missouri is positioned to launch a statewide prescription drug monitoring program at last, but clinical professionals will not have access to patient-specific data to potentially prevent or treat addiction disorders.

SAMHSA research sheds light on prescription drug misuse

August 9, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Two recent reports issued by SAMHSA show reasons for prescription medication misuse and an increase in opioid misuse among U.S. adults over the age of 50.

Trump, HHS believe we already have what we need to address opioid crisis

August 9, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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The Department of Health and Human Services basically told America that Trump is not planning to follow the urgent recommendation to declare a national state of emergency for the opioid crisis.

New fraud unit targets pill mills

August 3, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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The Department of Justice launched the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit as a three-year pilot program, largely aimed at shutting down pill mills and drug diversion in 12 hard-hit states.

Why medical tourism is rare in the addiction market

July 31, 2017  |  Alison Knopf
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It's debatable whether patients will travel abroad for addiction treatment.

Medicaid cuts would stymie expanded use of naloxone

July 26, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A study by the Commonwealth Fund finds that overdose reversals have increased with the expanded use of naloxone, funded through Medicaid.

Debunk the Senate ruse

July 26, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
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The clock is ticking on the 20 hour Senate “debate” on healthcare reform, and nothing good will emerge from this process. Hence, the desired outcome that we must embrace is that no agreement be reached.

BREAKING: Senate GOP leaders weigh straight ACA repeal after healthcare bill collapses

July 18, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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With a lack of votes necessary to pass their proposed healthcare reform legislation, Senate Republican leaders mull pursuing a straight repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Salute to four courageous senators

July 18, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
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A handful of Republican senators stood up for the American people and derailed health reform legislation proposed by the GOP leadership that can only be characterized as possibly the worst legislation in more than a century.

Safety Net Health Plans take diverse approach to opioid crisis

July 17, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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The Association for Community Affiliated Plans has released a report analyzing initiatives to combat the opioid crisis being implemented by five Safety Net Health Plans it represents.

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