Jun 21, 2018, 10:38 AM
Hospitalizations for Pain Medication Overdoses Down 2.2 Percent in Pennsylvania
The latest numbers on Pennsylvania hospitalizations for opioid overdoses were released on June 13, 2018.
Jun 14, 2018, 12:12 PM
CMS Issues Guidance for States on How to Use Medicaid to Address Opioid Abuse Crisis
CMS guidance for states includes strategies for using the Medicaid program for treating infants with Neonatal abstinence syndrome and ways to use telemedicine for treatment of opioid use disorder.
May 8, 2018, 09:44 AM
State Medical Boards Respond to PAMED’s Request for Clarity on Opioid CME Requirements
In a letter to Pennsylvania's state medical boards, PAMED asked for clarification on opioids education requirements for licensure. Here is the response we received.
May 3, 2018, 08:30 AM
Gov. Wolf Announces Workers’ Comp Actions: Vetoes Drug Formulary Bill, Issues Opioids Prescribing Plan
Gov. Wolf's administration has outlined the steps it plans to take to address opioid prescriptions within Pennsylvania's Workers' Compensation system.
Apr 19, 2018, 08:00 AM
New Alternative Payment Model Could Bring Changes to Opioid Addiction Treatment
A new alternative payment model has been designed with the goal of improving opioid use disorder treatment through combining payment for medical and psychosocial services.
Apr 4, 2018, 09:10 AM
Case on Definition of Child Abuse Makes Way to Pa. Supreme Court
At issue in the case is whether a mother’s use of opioids while pregnant constituted child abuse as defined by the Child Protective Services Law.
Mar 20, 2018, 12:27 PM
Pa. Department of Health Orders Temporary Schedule I Status for Fentanyl-Related Substances
An order issued by Acting Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, MD temporarily schedules fentanyl-related substances that are not currently listed in any schedule of the state’s Controlled Substance Act as Schedule I under the law.
Jan 23, 2018, 15:19 PM
Walmart Announces Free Drug Disposal Solution in Effort to Combat Opioid Abuse
Walmart is now offering a free drug disposal packet to patients filling any new Class II opioid prescription at its pharmacies.
Jan 19, 2018, 15:20 PM
Harrisburg House Call – Solving Pennsylvania’s Opioids Crisis
The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) debuted a new, healthcare policy television show on Dec. 10, 2017, called Harrisburg House Call. It aired on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN).
Dec 21, 2017, 12:09 PM
New Aetna Opioids Policies Took Effect Jan. 1, 2018
Effective Jan. 1, 2018, Aetna is limiting the quantity of opioids prescribed for acute pain and post-surgery to a seven-day supply for its commercial pharmacy members.
Oct 5, 2017, 12:09 PM
National Trend: Pharmacy Benefit Managers Setting Limits on Opioid Prescriptions
Here’s a look at new opioid management strategies from three major
U.S. pharmacy benefit managers.
Sep 14, 2017, 12:08 PM
Pennsylvania’s Medicaid Program Updates Prior Authorization Process for Opioid Prescribing
Effective June 6,
2017, Pennsylvania’s Medicaid Program – known as Medical Assistance (MA) –
updated its prior authorization process for opioid prescribing. Here's what prescribers should know.