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Rx Summit: Speakers from Congress differ on recipe for opioid crisis

April 18, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor

A congressional forum at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit had one member saying the nation can't throw money at the crisis, while another warned of dangerous directions from the nominated FDA leader. 

Rx Summit: Local solutions to crisis require collective effort

April 17, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor

Small counties in California are reducing improper opioid prescribing and are expanding addiction treatment through the efforts of groups that include an insurer and a major foundation.

Rx Summit: We are not winning the war on drugs

April 17, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin challenged attendees of the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta to redouble their efforts to combat the nation’s opioid crisis.

Opioid prescribing limits earn bipartisan support

April 14, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) proposed legislation to limit initial opioid prescriptions for acute pain to seven days, modeled after policies already in effect in several states.

Payers prefer objective data on mental health medications

April 14, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

Many mental health advocacy groups push for greater input from patients in clinical trials, but new research shows payers are more interested in objective data that measures new medications’ effectiveness.

Why you need to be concerned about the next drug czar

April 12, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Behavioral healthcare stakeholders might have a reason to drop what they’re doing—right now—and get on the phone to anyone in Washington who will listen.

Idaho to allow psychologists to prescribe medications

April 11, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

Idaho has become the fifth U.S. state to pass legislation allowing clinical psychologists to prescribe medications for the treatment of mental health disorders.

NatCon17: How to work with the Trump administration

April 7, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

In order to advance healthcare priorities, such as mental health first aid, CCBHCs and funding to combat the opioid crisis, industry advocates must approach the teams that surround Trump to get their attention.

Preserving our moral values in healthcare reform

April 6, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Most Americans that I know do want us to be a moral society that protects those who are vulnerable, those who are disabled, and those who are old. That is who we are. That is who we want to be.

NatCon17: Surgeon general advocates prevention efforts

April 6, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

While praising the effectiveness of medication-assisted treatment and recovery services, prevention services are both cost-effective and currently under-utilized, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, told attendees at the National Council for...

Revitalize strategy and business planning for population health in a time of uncertainty

April 6, 2017  |  Patrick Gauthier

With the failure of the GOP health policy proposal, we are left not knowing what exactly the healthcare landscape will look like in Trump’s presidency. But, we can still be sure it will change.

NatCon17: U.S. health system lacks value

April 6, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The U.S. system splits consumers into narrow categories, and that fragmentation alone has led to a significant amount of waste, according to Uwe Reinhardt speaking at the National Council for Behavioral Health annual conference this week.


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