Bipartisan governors' network issues health reform priorities

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The National Governors Association today released shared priorities from its bipartisan forum on strengthening private health insurance, Medicaid and public health. The priorities include fully funding the cost-sharing reductions for the health insurance marketplaces through calendar year 2018, and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Coverage, Medicaid, opioids

AHRQ: Opioid-related hospital stays increasing faster for women than men

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Opioid-related hospital stays increased 75% for women and 55% for men between 2005 and 2014, while opioid-related emergency department visits doubled for both sexes, according to a report released today by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Opioid-related hospitalizations were virtually the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: opioids

SAMHSA reports on behavioral health, treatment trends

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About 12.5 million U.S. residents reported misusing prescription pain relievers in 2015, according to a report released today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. More than half of them obtained their most recently misused pain reliever from a friend or relative, notes the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Mental health, Behavioral health, opioids

FDA asks company to remove opioid drug from market

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday asked Endo Pharmaceuticals to remove its opioid pain medication Opana ER from the market, citing the potential for the reformulated drug to be abused. “We will continue to take regulatory steps when we see situations where an opioid product’s risks outweigh... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, opioids, prevention

HHS announces $70 million in funding to address opioid crisis

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The Department of Health and Human Services today announced more than $70 million in new funding opportunities to prevent and treat opioid use disorders and deaths. The grants include up to $28 million to help states increase access to medication-assisted treatment; $41.7 million to help local governments... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, population health, Community health, nurses, Behavioral health, emergency care, opioids, prevention

CDC: Hepatitis C infections nearly triple over five years

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The number of new hepatitis C infections reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nearly tripled between 2010 and 2015 to 2,436 a year. Because limited surveillance resources have led to underreporting, CDC estimates the actual number of new infections is closer to 34,000 a year. While... read more

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

President names five to commission on opioid crisis

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President Trump yesterday named to chair his Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The president also named to the bipartisan commission North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper; Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker; former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy of Rhode... read more

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

HHS awards grants to help states, territories combat opioid addiction

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The Department of Health and Human Services yesterday awarded $485 million in grants to help states and territories combat opioid addiction. The first of two funding rounds provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act, the grants “aim to increase access to treatment, reduce unmet need and reduce overdose... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: access, opioids, prevention

'Take Back Day' next week to safely dispose of prescription drugs

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April 29 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, when the public can safely dispose of unwanted or expired prescription pills at sites throughout the country. Since 2010, the Drug Enforcement Administration event has collected more than 7 million pounds of pills, including opioid and other... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: opioids, prevention

CDC launches online training series on opioid prescribing guidelines

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released the first module in a new online training series to help clinicians apply its opioid prescribing guidelines for adults with chronic pain. The first module presents an overview of the guidelines. Future modules are expected to address:... read more

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

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