House panel assesses agencies' progress in implementing opioid laws

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee today held a hearing on the administration’s progress in carrying out provisions of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and the 21st Century Cures Act, enacted last year to address the opioid epidemic. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle criticized the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, Behavioral health, opioids

AHA toolkit offers guidance to help hospitals address opioid epidemic

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A new AHA toolkit offers guidance and case examples to help hospitals and health systems work with their patients, clinicians and communities to tackle the opioid epidemic. Developed with input from a multidisciplinary team and vetted with subject matter experts, the resource includes tools and... read more

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

Stem the Tide: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

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The statistics are staggering. Every day, over 90 Americans die from an opioid overdose. Deaths from prescription opioids – drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone – have more than quadrupled since 1999.

A human crisis in terms of lives lost, ravaged families and communities, certainly. It has... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: opioids

Dozens of House members testify at hearing on opioid crisis

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The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health this morning held a hearing to receive testimony from more than 50 members of Congress, including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA), on ways to combat the nationwide opioid epidemic. Representatives shared stories of their own constituents’ battles... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: opioids

CMS approves waiver to expand WV Medicaid treatment for SUDs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has approved a Section 1115 Medicaid demonstration waiver allowing West Virginia to expand its benefits package for substance use disorders to include the full continuum of SUD treatment, including short-term residential services in an Institution for Mental... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicaid, Behavioral health, opioids

AHA recommends federal actions to address opioid crisis

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Eliminating the Medicaid Institutions for Mental Disease exclusion for adults under age 65 would help improve access to treatment for those with severe or complex substance use disorders, AHA told the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee today in a statement submitted for a hearing on the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, infant health, Medicaid, Behavioral health, HIPAA, opioids

CDC launches campaign to educate public about prescription opioid risks

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week launched Rx Awareness, a communications campaign to educate the public about the risks associated with prescription opioids to prevent misuse and overdose. The campaign includes video, audio and online messages featuring real-life accounts of people... read more

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

AHA comments on draft recommendations to address opioid crisis

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AHA yesterday provided feedback on a presidential commission’s draft recommendations to expand the federal response to the drug addiction and opioid crisis. “Of paramount importance in enabling this work is the need to preserve and protect health insurance coverage, including Medicaid,” wrote Ashley... read more

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

ISMP releases medication safety self-assessment tool

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The Institute for Safe Medication Practices yesterday released a tool to help hospitals and outpatient facilities evaluate their safety practices for “high-alert” medications, identify opportunities for improvement and track their experiences over time. Providers who submit their assessment findings to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, patient safety, physicians, nurses, opioids

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

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