American Association of Poison Centers releases online help tool

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The American Association of Poison Centers has released an online poison help triage tool for the public. PoisonHelp.org offers information and treatment advice for human exposure to some 325,000 products and substances. For complex or potentially dangerous exposures, the user is prompted to call the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, nurses, preparedness, emergency care, opioids

President releases budget blueprint for 2018 discretionary spending

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President Trump today submitted to Congress his proposed budget blueprint for fiscal year 2018, which provides top-line numbers for discretionary spending only. The president requests $69 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services, a $15.1 billion or 17.9% decrease from the 2017 annualized... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, preparedness, workforce, appropriations, opioids, prevention

Coverage Matters in the Fight Against Opioid Abuse

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As the nation debates changes to the Affordable Care Act, it’s worth noting what’s been gained with the expansion of health care coverage to more than 20 million Americans. For the first time, many who suffer from addiction and substance abuse disorders are getting treatment thanks to their coverage. In... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: opioids

Study: Many people treated with buprenorphine continue to receive other opioids

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Many people receiving buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction fill prescriptions for other opioids during or after treatment, according to a study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, reported last week in the journal Addiction. The study looked at pharmacy claims for more than 38,000 new... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: opioids

CDC reports on trends in drug overdose deaths

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The number of drug overdose deaths per year rose 23% between 2010 and 2014, to 47,055, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 10 most frequently involved drugs included six opioids (heroin, oxycodone, methadone, morphine, hydrocodone and fentanyl); two... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Behavioral health, opioids, prevention

CDC: Overdose deaths from synthetic opioids up sharply last year

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The rate of overdose deaths from synthetic opioids other than methadone increased 72.2% in 2015, likely driven primarily by illicitly manufactured fentanyl, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The overdose death rate from methadone fell by 9.1%. The overdose... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: opioids

CDC issues resources to help clinicians apply opioid prescribing guidelines

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week released a suite of resources, including a mobile app and video series, to help clinicians apply its opioid prescribing guidelines for adults with chronic pain. The free mobile app, currently available in Google Play and in the Apple Store early... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, physicians, nurses, opioids

CDC Launches Opioid Prescribing Guideline Resources for Providers

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This week, the CDC launched a suite of new opioid prescribing guideline resources for providers, including a mobile app and video series. This is a follow-up to their CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, launched last spring, to encourage safer and more effective pain... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, physician issues, Behavioral health, opioids

AHRQ: Opioid-related ED visits, inpatient stays up sharply over decade

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Hospital emergency department visits and inpatient stays related to opioids increased 99% and 64%, respectively, between 2005 and 2014, according to a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Across states, hospitalization rates varied by up to eight fold while ED visit rates varied... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: opioids

President signs 21st Century Cures Act

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President Obama today signed into law the AHA-supported 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34), which includes a number of provisions important to hospitals and health systems. The legislation revises the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act to move the grandfather date for off-campus hospital outpatient departments... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: readmissions, socioeconomic status, Medicare, rural, CAHs, Behavioral health, opioids

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