FDA issues medication-assisted treatment guidance

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Medication-assisted treatment using buprenorphine and methadone should not be withheld from patients taking benzodiazepines or other drugs that suppress the central nervous system, the Food and Drug Administration advised today. While combining these drugs increases the risk of serious side effects, the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, opioids

NAM issues guide to help clinicians counter opioid epidemic

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The National Academy of Medicine today issued a guide to help clinicians counter the opioid epidemic. Developed by national experts on substance use disorders at the request of the National Governors Association, the paper calls for clinicians to prioritize non-opioid strategies when managing chronic... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, opioids

HHS webcast Sept. 27 on opioid epidemic

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The Department of Health and Human Services will convene national leaders and experts to discuss the opioid epidemic and other addictions during a Sept. 27 webcast, from 1-2 p.m. ET. For more information and to access the live webcast, part of National Recovery Month, click here.

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: opioids

AHA opposes any further delay of 340B drug ceiling price rule

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The AHA today urged the Health Resources and Services Administration to implement its final rule on 340B drug ceiling prices and civil monetary penalties for manufacturers without delay. “Delaying the implementation of the ceiling price and CMPs an additional nine months – from Oct. 1, 2017 to July 1,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, drug prices

CMS seeks comments on new approach to Innovation Center

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services seeks comments through Nov. 20 on a “new direction” for its Innovation Center that will approach new model design through six guiding principles: choice and competition in the market; provider choice and incentives; patient-centered care; benefit design and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, Program Integrity, Medicare, Medicaid, price, transparency, Mental health, Behavioral health

CMS again urged to prioritize guidance on shared space arrangements

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The AHA again urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday to clarify how hospitals can share space, services and staff with other providers. “If CMS is unable to release the guidance by Oct. 1, we implore the agency to issue a Survey and Certification memo stating that while the guidance... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, regulation

Reminder: Hospitals Against Violence webinar Sept. 25

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The AHA’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative will host a Sept. 25 webinar on a program designed to care for hospital caregivers who experience a stressful event or outcome during patient care. Leaders from MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., will discuss their Care for the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, workforce

AHA voices opposition to latest ACA repeal proposal

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The AHA today voiced opposition to a proposal introduced last week by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. “We believe that coverage could be at risk for tens of millions of Americans under the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

Governors urge Senate leaders not to consider Graham-Cassidy proposal

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A bipartisan group of 10 governors today urged Senate leaders not to consider legislation unveiled last week to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. “As you continue to consider changes to the American health care system, we ask you not to consider the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

Senate Finance leaders introduce bill to extend CHIP funding for five years

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) yesterday introduced legislation to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program through fiscal year 2022. Under the KIDS Act (S. 1827), the program’s federal matching rate would remain at current... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Coverage

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