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Amid epidemic, opioid reversal drug saw a 600% price surge, Senate report finds

November 21, 2018


A report from the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations found the price of EVZIO, a drug designed to reverse an opioid drug-related overdose, increased from $575 per unit in 2014 to $4,100 per unit in 2017.

CMS gives states more flexibility to cover inpatient mental health care

November 14, 2018


CMS under a new waiver will allow states to use federal funding to pay for up to 30 days of treatment for Medicaid beneficiaries being treated at institutions of mental disease primarily for a mental health condition.

Meet the lawmakers poised to shape health care in the 116th Congress

November 12, 2018


Prescription drug costs, the Affordable Care Act, and "Medicare-for-All" are among the key policy issues leaders of the 116th Congress likely will address.

Medicaid expansion, marijuana legalization, and more: See how states voted on our interactive map

November 7, 2018


Massachusetts voters rejected a controversial measure that would have allowed the state to set patient limits for nurses and voters, but three states voted to expand Medicaid. Explore these and other key initiatives on our interactive map.

A new opioid is coming to the US market despite concerns it could worsen the epidemic

November 5, 2018


FDA’s decision to approve a fast-acting, highly potent opioid tablet to serve as an alternative to IV painkillers typically used in hospitals is drawing concerns from some experts who say the drug could intensify the opioid misuse epidemic.

The top 10 health care innovations for 2019, according to Cleveland Clinic

October 30, 2018


Cleveland Clinic's annual list of the top 10 medical innovations that it predicts will "transform health care in 2019" includes advances in 3-D printing, artificial intelligence, and immunotherapies.

'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.

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