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'I have no regrets': Former US surgeons general talk about their 'I told you so' moments

October 29, 2018


Four former surgeons general recently sat down at the New York Academy of Medicine to discuss the political opposition they faced when advocating for science-based policies—highlighting the political pressures that health officials face when giving medical advice.
 

Weekly Line: CDC's latest data show a downturn in opioid overdose deaths—but it might not be time to celebrate, experts say

October 26, 2018


The opioid epidemic has had a death grip on the United States for the past few years, with 49,000 U.S. residents dying from opioid-related overdoses in 2017 alone.

Is the 'tide turning' on the opioid epidemic? Trump admin, rolling out new efforts, says yes.

October 25, 2018


The Trump administration this week announced new efforts to combat the U.S. opioid epidemic, as President Trump signed into law a sweeping, bipartisan bill to address opioid misuse.

The 50 most influential health care leaders, according to Time

October 19, 2018


Time's inaugural Health Care 50 list recognizes the industry's most influential movers and shakers—including FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and other policymakers.

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.

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