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 5, 2018, 09:34 AM
Governor Renews Pennsylvania’s Opioid Disaster Emergency Declaration
On April 4, 2018, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that he is renewing his opioid disaster declaration for the Commonwealth. Here's a look at the progress that has been made to date.
Mar 27, 2018, 11:58 AM
Case on Definition of Child Abuse Makes Way to Pa. Supreme Court
A case regarding whether a pregnant woman’s use of illegal drugs constitutes child abuse has been appealed to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Here's a look at the case and why it could have implications for physician reporting of child abuse.
Mar 22, 2018, 14:11 PM
Highmark’s New Opioid Prescription Limits Took Effect on March 8
Highmark has announced new programs and policies to address the opioid epidemic, including new policies for short- and long-acting opioids prescriptions.
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.
Mar 6, 2018, 16:26 PM
Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s Fight Against Opioid Epidemic Gets National Recognition
Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro received the AMA's 2018 Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service, in recognition of his work to rein in the opioid crisis. He was nominated for the award by PAMED.
Feb 28, 2018, 16:42 PM
PAMED Seeks Clarification from Medical Boards on Pa.’s Opioids CME Requirement
PAMED has been receiving member questions regarding a state law which includes a provision concerning opioids continuing medical education. We have reached out to the state's medical boards for clarification on language in the law that exempts certain prescribers from having to take the education.
Feb 23, 2018, 10:55 AM
How to Find Physician Training on Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependency
Find out how physicians can qualify to treat opioid dependency with buprenorphine products.
Feb 8, 2018, 09:12 AM
Gov. Wolf’s 2018-2019 Budget Proposal Includes Funding to Combat Opioid Abuse
On Feb. 6, 2018, Gov. Tom Wolf delivered his 2018-2019 budget address at the Capitol in Harrisburg. Here's a look at several health care items included in the proposal.
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.