Trump headlines emotional Atlanta summit on opioid crisis
President Trump told a drug abuse summit Wednesday in Atlanta that he and his administration will “never stop until our job is done’’ in solving the nation’s opioid crisis. Trump called the opioid epidemic a “terrible menace’’ and highlighted steps that his administration has taken in battling the problem.... Read more
Commentary: Creative use of data helps fight the opioid epidemic
Overdose deaths from opioids, including prescription opioids and heroin, have increased almost six times since 1999. Overdoses involving opioids killed more than 47,000 people in 2017, and a third of those deaths involved prescription medications. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has expanded its data tool involving opioid prescriptions. Its update to... Read more
CMS mapping tool on prescriptions helps communities fight opioid crisis
This Commentary is written by Jean Moody-Williams, regional CMS administrator Leveraging community partnerships and critical data is one of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ key strategies to help tailor prevention and treatment efforts to combat the opioid crisis, particularly in rural communities. With that aim, CMS launched... Read more
House panel backs curbs on ‘step therapy’ rules for medications
When Brannen Whirledge was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at age 4, he was put on medications that failed to help him. He suffered continual vomiting and severe stomach cramps. Then they found a medication that worked. Brannen’s symptoms went away. But after six months, says his mother, Melissa Whirledge,... Read more
Southern health summit to explore opioid crisis, technology advances
Health Connect South isn’t your typical health care conference. One of the gathering’s central goals is to foster collaboration among leaders and organizations in the industry. A past example is the alliance between pharmaceutical giant UCB and Georgia Tech, forged through the summit, to create a project to explore the... Read more

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