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Judge orders J&J to pay Oklahoma $572M in first-of-its-kind opioid trial

August 27, 2019


A district court judge on Monday ruled that Johnson & Johnson contributed to Oklahoma's opioid crisis by downplaying the risks of its opioid drugs and ordered the company to pay the state $572 million.

HHS proposes changes to privacy rules aimed at combating substance use disorders

August 23, 2019


HHS' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on Thursday released a proposed rule intended to make it easier for providers to share the medical records of patients being treated for substance use disorders.

Weekly Line: The drug epidemic that's largely flown under the radar

August 16, 2019


The U.S. opioid epidemic has received widespread attention as public health officials direct more resources to combat the drugs' deadly outcomes.

In the states: AMA leaves group that opposes 'Medicare for All,' shots fired at an Illinois VA hospital, and more

August 16, 2019


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

USPSTF for the first time proposes that providers screen all adults for illicit drug use

August 14, 2019


The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Tuesday issued a draft recommendation that providers screen all adult patients for illicit drug use, marking the first time the task force has proposed such a recommendation.

Naloxone prescriptions are booming—but still lag far behind opioid prescriptions, CDC finds

August 8, 2019


The number of U.S. pharmacies dispensing prescriptions for the opioid reversal drug naloxone doubled from 2017 to 2018, but there still is only one naloxone prescription dispensed for every 69 high-dose opioid prescriptions, according to a CDC report released Tuesday.

How cities, counties, states, distributors are proposing to settle opioid cases

August 7, 2019


Cities and counties are proposing to form a negotiating bloc involving all 33,000 U.S. counties, cities, and towns, including those that have not filed lawsuits, to settle opioid cases brought by local governments, while sources say AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson are proposing to pay $10 billion to settle opioid cases brought by state governments.

What's inside CMS' 2,273-page IPPS final rule?

August 5, 2019


CMS on Friday issued its Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule for fiscal year 2020, which aims to address payment disparities for rural and urban health facilities and increase add-on payments for emerging technologies and therapies.

In the states: Arizona brings opioid case to US Supreme Court, California reaches largest 'pay-for-delay' settlements, and more

August 2, 2019


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

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