January 11, 2018

Trump paves the way for states to impose Medicaid work requirements

Source: Politico CMS Administrator Seema Verma has made it clear from the moment she took office last year that the Trump administration will approve such proposals, but requests from nearly a dozen conservative states have stalled with federal officials for months. | Evan Vucci/AP Photo The people most likely to be affected are working-age adults […]

January 11, 2018

Trump Administration Will Let States Require People To Work For Medicaid

Source: NPR Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, led efforts to require work for Medicaid recipients while in charge of Indiana’s program. She was sworn in as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services by Vice President Pence on March 14. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images Updated at 11:29 a.m. […]

January 10, 2018

Early Facebook investor says it must fix “structural problem”

Source: CBS News One of Facebook’s early investors and a former mentor to CEO Mark Zuckerberg is warning of the social media giant’s harmful and potentially irreversible effects on society. Roger McNamee told “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday that Facebook not only needs to take action, it needs to “fix the product.” McNamee, managing director […]

January 10, 2018

Desperate Cities Consider ‘Safe Injection’ Sites For Opioid Users

Source: NPR The mix of people in rows of tents under a bridge in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood includes homeless adults and some visitors from the suburbs who come here to inject opioids in secret. Natalie Piserchio for WHYY Top Philadelphia officials are advocating that the city become the first in the U.S. to open a […]

January 9, 2018

Native American tribes sue opioid industry groups

Source: CBS News SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Three Native American tribes in the Dakotas are suing opioid manufacturers and distributors, alleging they concealed and minimized the addiction risk of prescription drugs. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate sued 24 opioid industry groups in federal court on Monday. Defendants include […]

January 9, 2018

Hospitals Brace Patients For Pain To Reduce Risk Of Opioid Addiction

Source: NPR Michelle Leavy surrounded by her three sons. She became addicted to opioids when she was discharged from the hospital with doctors’ advice to use them for her pain after a cesarean section. She is now in recovery. Courtesy of Michelle Leavy Doctors at some of the country’s largest hospital chains admit they went […]

January 9, 2018

Trump’s HHS nominee, a former pharma exec, sets sights on drug prices

Source: Politico Share on Facebook Share on Twitter President Donald Trump’s nominee for Health and Human Services secretary on Tuesday tried to assure lawmakers his experience as a drug executive — an industry the president has often vilified — makes him uniquely qualified to rein in soaring drug costs. But Senate Democrats, during a Finance […]

January 8, 2018

Is Alcohol A Problem? Online Tool Helps Assess Risk And Find Help

Source: NPR The thinking about problem drinking and alcoholism has changed. It’s no longer considered a black-and-white, you have it or you don’t condition. “We now know that there’s a full spectrum in alcohol use disorder,” says George Koob, the director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcohohlism, part of the National Institutes […]

January 6, 2018

Measuring Colorado’s “great experiment” with marijuana

Source: CBS News We’re far from CLEARING THE SMOKE over recreational marijuana use. A new federal policy announced this past week takes a tough line. It’s a challenge to states that have legalized use, including, most recently, the biggest state of all. Our Cover Story is reported by Barry Petersen: “I’ve never experienced the spectrum […]

January 5, 2018

Pulse Check: What FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is planning for 2018

Source: Politico FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb was tapped by President Donald Trump to reform an agency the president had criticized as ‘slow and burdensome.’ | Micaela Rodriguez/POLITICO Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Helping foster gene therapies; overhauling medical device reviews; using nutrition to fight disease: They’re all priorities for FDA in 2018, Commissioner Scott […]