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How this hospital is changing the way EDs treat substance use disorders

October 11, 2018


Highland Hospital in Northern California provides opioid withdrawal treatment on the spot to patients in its emergency department.

In the states: California law bars pharmacy gag clauses, Michigan business groups launch association health plan, and more

October 5, 2018


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

Congress sends bipartisan, bicameral bill to combat opioid epidemic to Trump

October 4, 2018


The 660-page legislative package seeks to address the opioid epidemic through a variety of public health initiatives to expand access to treatments for opioid use disorders, promote the development of alternative treatments for pain, and prevent the entry of illicit drugs into the United States.

Congress just passed its 2019 HHS spending bill. Here's what made the cut.

September 27, 2018


The $855.1 billion minibus fiscal year (FY) 2019 spending bill includes about $866 billion in mandatory funding for programs such as Medicare and Medicaid and $90.5 billion in discretionary funding for HHS, a $2.3 billion increase over FY 2018.

Inside the newly finalized 660-page bill to combat the US opioid epidemic

September 26, 2018


According to House aides, House leaders hope to pass a 660-page bill to address the opioid epidemic as soon as Thursday, with the Senate taking up the bill shortly thereafter in hopes of sending it to President Trump by the end of this week.

Senate passes opioid package. Here's the 3 key provisions House, Senate negotiators must tackle.

September 18, 2018


House and Senate negotiators now must reconcile each chamber's legislative package, meaning they will need to tackle differences on inpatient substance misuse Medicaid coverage, privacy restrictions, and more.

Inside the Senate's opioid legislative package: What did—and didn't—make the cut

September 7, 2018


While the Senate's opioid bill is largely similar to a House-passed version, it does not include two House-passed proposals: one that would expand Medicaid coverage for substance use disorders treatment to include larger inpatient centers, and another that would relax privacy restrictions on behavioral health records for patients with substance use disorders.

Want to reduce opioids Rxs? Notify doctors of patients' overdoses, study says.

August 28, 2018


Informing doctors when one of their patients dies of a prescription overdose could change providers' prescribing patterns and serve as a low-cost way to combat the opioid epidemic, according to a recent study.

Senate breaks with past and passes standalone HHS spending bill—that includes a $1B boost

August 24, 2018


The Senate's fiscal year (FY) 2019 spending bill for HHS and the departments of Defense, Labor, and Education includes $90 billion for HHS, up by about $1 billion from FY 2018 levels, and would allocate $39.1 billion to NIH, an increase of about 5% from FY 2018 levels.

In a first, DOJ seeks to remove physicians' prescribing powers over illicit opioid Rxs

August 24, 2018


The Department of Justice says orders seeking to bar two Ohio physicians from prescribing medicine are the first-ever civil injunctions filed under the Controlled Substances Act against physicians who allegedly illicitly prescribed opioids.

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