Tag: substance abuse

Health Policy News October Edition

 Introduction This month’s edition of Health Policy News focuses on recent developments relative to drug policy, which has been an ever-growing focus at the State and Federal level. We continue our coverage of efforts relative to drug cost control with short summaries of recent decisions on Section 1115 Waivers submitted by Massachusetts and Oklahoma, and ...

Bipartisan Bill to Tackle the Opioid Epidemic Signed into Law

The Substance Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (“SUPPORT Act”) was signed into law by the President on October 24, 2018, after passing the House and Senate with bipartisan support. A press release issued by the Senate explained that the Act aims to target the opioid epidemic ...

Health Policy News November 2017

Along with the changing weather, this time of year brings some typical health policy events, which are the focus of this month’s edition of Health Policy News. We start with our in-depth analysis of the Proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP) for 2019, which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released ...

White House releases report on opioid crisis

On November 1, 2017, the White House released a report drafted by the President’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.  The report offers 56 recommendations for action by Congress, federal agencies, state governments, health care provider organizations, and health care payers. Those include: New training programs on screening patients for substance use ...

White House issues report on the opioid epidemic

On July 31, 2017, the White House posted the initial findings and recommendations of its Commission on Combatting Drug Abuse and the Opioid Crisis. The Commission cites evidence that: 142 Americans die from drug overdoses per day. Only 10 percent of the 21 million persons with a substance use disorder (SUD) are receiving appropriate treatment ...

Health Policy News March 2016

March was another big month in Federal health policy – with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issuing final guidance on the 2017 certification standards for Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) on February 29, 2016 and a major Supreme Court case decided on March 1, 2016.  As such, in the March issue of Health ...

CCBHC Is The Start of Something Good!

CCBHCs! That’s Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers, for those not familiar with the billion dollar investment that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will soon make to state behavioral health systems. In 2014, Congress passed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (H.R. 4302), which included a demonstration program based on the Excellence in Mental ...

The Science of Addiction

Research presented by Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, at NatCon used brain imaging to dramatically illustrate how addiction changes brain function.  Dr. Volkow’s research demonstrates, for example, that the frontal cortex – or reward center – of the brain weakens as a result of alcohol and illicit drug use. ...