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Outcomes Of Opioid MAT, Telepsychiatry Equivalent To Face-To-Face Treatment

News Report | February 19, 2017
Treatment outcomes for people receiving medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with buprenorphine for opioid addiction were equivalent for those who received counseling via telehealth technology and those who attended in-person office visits for counseling. Those who received face-to-face counseling had no...

Maryland To Fund Medicaid Residential Treatment In IMDs

News Report | February 19, 2017
Maryland’s 2017 Heroin Treatment, Prevention, and Enforcement Initiative calls for the state to fund Medicaid residential addiction treatment in facilities larger than 16 beds, which are classified as Institutions of Mental Disease (IMDs), starting July 1, 2017. The services...

FDA Approves Low-Dose Narcan Nasal Spray To Reverse Opioid Overdose

News Report | February 19, 2017
On January 25, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new 2 milligram (mg) intranasal spray of Narcan (naloxone hydrochloride) developed by Adapt Pharma. The 2 mg dose is approved for use by family members and...

Bundled Payments Cut Medicare Post-Acute Care Episodes Costs By 27%

News Report | February 19, 2017
Bundled payments cut the cost of Medicare post-acute care (PAC) episodes by 27% among beneficiaries who had lower extremity joint replacement at Baptist Health System (BHS). Average PAC spending declined $2,443.12 per case, largely from reductions in inpatient rehabilitation...

Connecticut Legislature Rejects DCF Plan To Exit Child Welfare Oversight

News Report | February 19, 2017
On February 2, 2017, the Connecticut General Assembly rejected the Department of Children and Families (DCF) plan for ending federal oversight of the state’s child welfare system due to the Juan F. settlement agreement. The combined DCF/Children’s Rights proposed...

Court Monitor Says Illinois Policy Has Created Workforce Shortage

News Report | February 19, 2017
On January 20, 2017, the court monitor for the Illinois settlement in Ligas, et al., v. Norwood, et al., consent decree said the state’s lack of funding for developmental disability services had created a shortage of direct support professionals...

Post-Acute Care Spending After Surgery Driven By Care Setting

News Report | February 19, 2017
The costs of post-acute surgical care vary with the choice of care setting, not the intensity of services provided for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries recovering from total hip replacement, coronary artery bypass grafting, and colectomy. Post-acute care costs varied across...