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Apr 19, 2018
The Senate Finance Committee today held a hearing on “tackling opioid and substance use disorders in Medicare, Medicaid and human services programs.”
Apr 19, 2018
The number of U.S. retail opioid prescriptions fell by 10.2% in 2017, including a 16.1% decline in high-dose prescriptions, according to a report released today by the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science.
Apr 19, 2018
The Department of Health and Human Services yesterday awarded $485 million in grants to help states and territories combat the opioid crisis, the last of two funding rounds provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act.
Apr 19, 2018
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar yesterday named Indiana insurance executive James Parker to direct the HHS Office of Health Reform and lead the department’s initiative to make health insurance more affordable and available.
Apr 19, 2018
Also in this week’s roundup: Maine hospital named for Barbara Bush recognizes her passing and University of Virginia Medical Center uses app to communicate with non-English speaking patients.
Apr 18, 2018
Health care providers should not use endoscope connectors labeled for use without reprocessing between patients because they carry a risk of cross-contamination, the Food and Drug Administration announced today.
Apr 18, 2018
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) today introduced the Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency Act, legislation that would provide $100 billion in federal funding over 10 years to help states and communities address the opioid crisis.
Apr 18, 2018
Sixteen U.S. senators today urged the Department of Health and Human Services to take immediate action to reduce the price of naloxone – a drug that can be delivered via nasal mist or injection to temporarily suspend the effects of an overdose until emergency responders arrive.
Apr 18, 2018
The Food and Drug Administration yesterday announced a firmware update to reduce the risk of rapid battery depletion and address cybersecurity vulnerabilities in certain Abbott devices that provide pacing for slow heart rhythms and electrical shock or pacing to stop dangerously fast heart rhythms.
Apr 18, 2018
Clinicians participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System may apply through April 30 to participate in a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services study on the burdens associated with reporting MIPS quality measures in 2018.