December 3, 2017

GOP Medicaid work rules imperil care for opioid abusers

Source: Politico Red states ravaged by the opioid crisis are pushing for Medicaid work requirements that could push people out of treatment as they try to get off drugs. Kentucky, New Hampshire, Maine and Indiana are among at least eight GOP-led states seeking federal approval to require Medicaid enrollees to work as a precondition of […]

December 1, 2017

What We’ve Learned Treating People With HIV Can Make Care Better For Us All

Source: NPR A memorial honoring victims of the AIDS epidemic sits across the street from the former St. Vincent’s Hospital site in New York City, where many of the early victims of AIDS were diagnosed. Spencer Platt/Getty Images It’s been two decades since we established effective treatment against HIV, rendering what was nearly always a […]

November 30, 2017

Health Insurers Are Still Skimping On Mental Health Coverage

Source: NPR A coalition of mental health advocacy groups is calling on federal regulators, state agencies and employers to conduct random audits of insurers to make sure they are in compliance with the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. Roy Scott/Getty Images/Ikon Images It has been nearly a decade since Congress […]

November 29, 2017

AG Jeff Sessions announces new tools to address opioid epidemic

Source: CBS News WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 29: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) speaks as Acting DEA Administrator Robert W. Patterson (L) listens during a news conference at the Justice Department November 29, 2017 in Washington, DC.  Alex Wong / Getty Images Last Updated Nov 29, 2017 12:10 PM EST Attorney General Jeff Sessions […]

November 29, 2017

Retired admiral on “most shocking call” of his life

Source: CBS News In our ongoing series Issues That Matter, we’re taking a closer look at the opioid epidemic, which has taken more than half a million lives since the year 2000. For retired Navy Adm. Sandy Winnefeld, the epidemic is personal. Three days after he and his wife dropped their 19-year-old son, Jonathan, off […]

November 28, 2017

Doctor who doesn’t use computer can’t regain license

Source: CBS News Dr. Anna Konopka sits in her tiny office in New London, N.H., on Nov. 2, 2017. The 84-year-old physician lost her license after being accused by the state’s Board of Medicine of problems with her record keeping, prescribing of medicines and medical decision making. AP CONCORD, N.H. — A New Hampshire judge […]

November 27, 2017

In Ads, Tobacco Companies Admit They Made Cigarettes More Addictive

Source: NPR Advertisements paid for by tobacco companies say their products are deadly and were manipulated to be more addictive. Tobacco Free Kids If you read a newspaper on Sunday, there’s a good chance you came across a full-page ad warning of the dangers of smoking. The stark messages with black text on an otherwise […]

November 26, 2017

Should Hospitals Be Punished For Post-Surgical Patients’ Opioid Addiction?

Source: NPR After two weeks of recovery from an addiction to opioids prescribed by her surgeon, Katie Herzog takes a walk with her dog, Pippen. Jesse Costa/WBUR In April this year, Katie Herzog checked into a Boston teaching hospital for what turned out to be a nine-hour-long back surgery. The 68-year-old consulting firm president left […]

November 25, 2017

Clearing the air about COPD

Source: CBS News Just how common is COPD? And just how disheartening and confusing can a diagnosis be? These are questions our Senior Contributor Ted Koppel has been grappling with for very many years, and very close to home, as he’ll be telling us in our Cover Story:  Everything I tell you this morning is […]

November 24, 2017

Telemedicine For Addiction Treatment? Picture Remains Fuzzy

Source: NPR When President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, it came with a regulatory change intended to make it easier for people to get care. Doctors are now allowed to prescribe addiction medicine virtually, without ever seeing the patient in person. In Indiana, this kind of virtual visit has been legal […]