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FDA approves first generic naloxone spray designed for community use

April 25, 2019

FDA on Friday announced that it has approved the first generic naloxone nasal spray, which can reverse the effects of an opioid drug-related overdose, that is intended for use in a community setting by people with no medical training.

CMS just dropped its proposed rule for Medicare inpatient payments. Here's what's inside.

April 24, 2019

CMS on Tuesday issued its Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule for fiscal year 2020, which would address payment disparities for rural and urban health facilities and increase add-on payments for emerging technology and therapies.

Federal prosecutors file first criminal charges against drug distributor over opioid epidemic

April 24, 2019

The Department of Justice on Tuesday announced that federal prosecutors for the first time have filed criminal charges against a drug distributor and two of its former executives over their alleged involvement in fueling the U.S. opioid epidemic.

NIH launches $353M research project to reduce opioid overdose deaths

April 22, 2019

NIH on Thursday announced a $353 million research project aimed at reducing opioid-related overdose deaths by 40% over the next three years in four states hit hard by the opioid epidemic.

TIME names 2019's 'Most Influential.' See the 10 people who made waves in health care.

April 18, 2019

TIME on Tuesday released its annual "100 Most Influential People" list, which this year includes 10 individuals who have made major contributions to health care.

DOJ charges 60 health care providers in largest-ever opioid take down

April 18, 2019

The Department of Justice on Wednesday announced federal prosecutors are charging 60 health care providers for their alleged involvement in illegally distributing millions of pain pills.

Why more hospitals are investing in psychiatric EDs

April 4, 2019

Psychiatric patients are making up a growing share of emergency department (ED) patients, so hospitals are opening specialized psychiatric ED units—and early research suggests the facilities are benefitting hospitals and patients.

Map: US residents are unhappy (and the opioid epidemic might be a key factor)

April 3, 2019

The United States ranked as the 19th happiest country in the world on the United Nations' latest "World Happiness Report," the lowest ranking the United States has had since they launched in 2012.

CMS finalizes MA payment bump, risk-adjustment changes for 2020

April 2, 2019

CMS on Monday finalized payment and policy changes for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans for the 2020 coverage year.

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