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Weekly Line: There's an opioid epidemic—and an opioid shortage. How are both possible at once?

August 3, 2018


It's commonplace these days to hear experts say the United States is awash in way too many opioids.

FDA's cautioned against epidural steroid injections, but doctors are prescribing it anyway

August 1, 2018


As fewer physicians prescribe opioids, a growing number of patients are being prescribed an injectable anti-inflammatory drug to treat their back pain—despite the drug's manufacturer warning against injecting the drug along the spine.

In the states: Idaho residents will vote on Medicaid expansion, court upholds Philadelphia's soda tax, and more

July 20, 2018


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

How CMS wants to change Medicare's Physician Fee Schedule in 2019

July 13, 2018


CMS' Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule includes an initial 3% reduction in Medicare Part B payments for new drugs, new codes to expand providers' telehealth billing options, and more.

House panel approves HHS spending bill—but its future remains uncertain

July 12, 2018


It is unclear whether House leaders will bring to the floor a fiscal year 2019 HHS spending bill, approved yesterday by the House Appropriations Committee.

Why violence in EDs is rising—and what's being done to address it.

July 10, 2018


Episodes of violence are becoming more common and severe in U.S. emergency departments (EDs), prompting ED clinicians to push for tighter security and policies to protect clinicians who are in harm's way.

Trump appoints new acting DEA administrator

July 3, 2018


Uttam Dhillon, who most recently served as deputy White House counsel, is now the new acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Inside the House's legislative package to combat the opioid epidemic

June 25, 2018


The legislative package includes measures focused on expanding access to opioid misuse treatments, promoting the development of alternative treatments for pain, and preventing the entry of illicit drugs into the United States.

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