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April 09, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden’s fiscal year 2022 discretionary budget preview, released Friday (April 9), builds off health priorities in the recently enacted American Rescue Plan and proposed American Jobs Plan by calling for additional funding for home- and community-based services, tackling the opioid crisis, rural health and more.

April 07, 2021 | Daily News

Stakeholders are hoping to see methadone administration flexibilities continued after the COVID-19 public health emergency, a request that could be in reach after the Biden administration said last Thursday (April 1) it will review methadone treatment policies and develop recommendations to modernize them.

March 12, 2021 | Daily News

The American Psychological Association CEO advocated for increased funding for mental health and substance abuse treatment and prevention, better enforcement of mental health parity laws and racial equity in treatment at a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on COVID-19 and the mental health and substance use crises Thursday (March 11).

March 04, 2021 | Daily News

The COVID-19 pandemic has overshadowed policymakers’ attention to the opioid and substance use disorder crisis, stakeholders say, but provisions included in COVID-19 relief legislation are a good start in recognizing the connection between the two public health emergencies.

February 10, 2021 | Daily News

The Pew Charitable Trusts and 15 other medical and advocacy organizations want Democratic and GOP congressional leaders to remove from the law certain training requirements for doctors who want to prescribe buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder.

January 26, 2021 | Daily News

The Biden administration reportedly plans to pull back a buprenorphine prescribing guideline that was announced by HHS in the last days of the Trump administration and would exempt physicians from certain certification requirements needed to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder.

January 14, 2021 | Daily News

HHS is exempting physicians from certain certification requirements needed to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder, the department announced Thursday (Jan. 14).

October 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Pew Charitable Trusts unveiled a report earlier this month (Oct. 20) detailing ways states could expand access to naloxone, an opioid overdose-reversing drug, as state and local reports show overdoses are on the rise this year.

October 05, 2020 | Daily News

FDA’s risk mitigation programs for fentanyl and extended-release opioids are not suited to quickly address the opioid crisis, according to the HHS Office of Inspector General, which released a report Tuesday (Sept. 29) recommending the agency improve the programs.

October 02, 2020 | Daily News

A new Bipartisan Policy Center report on the opioid crisis says the federal government should do a better job using its opioid funds to target at-risk groups and should revisit Medicaid practices that restrict access to treatment.

September 17, 2020 | Daily News

Experts at the Commonwealth Fund who analyzed data for the group’s annual state scorecard say the results show the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed existing weaknesses in the health care system, including eroding coverage, persistent high costs and preventable deaths, that state and federal governments must partner to fix.

July 31, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Thursday (July 30) released a request for information on whether the agency should grant Part D providers exceptions to electronic prescribing requirements for controlled substances and under what circumstances.

July 23, 2020 | Daily News

FDA will require drug makers to include naloxone co-prescribing information in labeling for all opioids and opioid use disorder medications, including buprenorphine, methadone and naltrexone, the agency announced Thursday (July 23).

July 13, 2020 | Daily News

HHS on Monday (July 13) finalized a rule that loosens privacy restrictions on substance use disorder records, inching towards fully aligning the strict privacy scheme with the less-stringent Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act rules although additional rulemaking is needed for full alignment.

June 30, 2020 | Daily News

Four long overdue Medicaid guidance documents meant to help states tackle the nation’s opioid crisis are still missing, months after CMS and HHS officials promised the House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee in early March they’d get the guidance out sometime this spring.

June 17, 2020 | Daily News

The White House Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday (June 16) cleared a final Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration rule that would loosen privacy restrictions on substance use records.

June 09, 2020 | Daily News

FDA and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration on Monday (June 8) launched a 120-day pilot program under which FDA will work with internet registries to flag and take action against any website that sells unapproved opioids online.

March 03, 2020 | Daily News

CMS plans to issue this spring several overdue Medicaid guidance documents meant to help states tackle the nation’s drug overdose crisis, an agency official told lawmakers Tuesday (March 3) in response to questions triggered by an Inside Health Policy investigation of the Trump administration’s lagging implementation of a major opioid law.

February 28, 2020 | Daily News

A federal committee tasked with coordinating government actions on substance use disorders met for the first time Friday (Feb. 28) and heard presentations from various government agencies on what they are doing to tackle the nation’s drug overdose crisis.

February 18, 2020 | Daily News

Behavioral health advocates sent a letter Friday (Feb. 14) to congressional leaders again calling for Congress to make a long-term investment in mental health clinics by extending the demo for two years and expanding the number of participating states as part of the May health care package.