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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.

'Deaths of despair' hit a record high in 2017. See the rise, charted.

March 15, 2019


Deaths from alcohol, drugs, and suicide—so-called "deaths of despair"—in 2017 hit the highest rate since the collection of data on the deaths started two decades ago, according to an analysis from the Trust for America's Health and the Well Being Trust.

Medicaid reforms, Medicare cuts, and more: Inside Trump's FY 2020 budget

March 12, 2019


The White House on Monday released President Trump's fiscal year 2020 budget proposal, which includes steep cuts to federal Medicaid funding, a national Medicaid work requirement, and a proposal to cut $854 billion in federal Medicare spending over 10 years.

Weekly Line: Gottlieb's got some unfinished business. So what happens when he leaves?

March 8, 2019


Washington, D.C., often is viewed as a town of political partisanship and gridlock, and it's rare for a policymaker to break free from those preconceptions.
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