Fewer than 10% of primary care physicians have received approval from the federal government to prescribe the opioid addiction medication buprenorphine, according to a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
Certain insurance plans are legally required to cover benefits for addiction treatment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A new report by Center on Addiction shows that ACA Plans sold in many states in 2017 did not comply with these requirements.
Google will once again accept advertising from U.S. addiction treatment centers, Reuters reports. A company based in Portland, Oregon will vet the ads. Last year, Google suspended treatment center ads after it was found many of them were deceptive and misleading.
A new study published in the December issue of Health Affairs, found that just 5 percent of people referred for opioid addiction treatment by the U.S. criminal justice system receive the best treatment, according to HealthDay.
The U.S. Justice Department will crack down on drug addiction treatment centers that have filed bogus insurance claims, Bloomberg reports. The move is part of a major law enforcement action targeting healthcare fraud.
A new report finds spending on Medicaid-covered prescriptions for the treatment of opioid use disorder and opioid overdose increased dramatically between 2011 and 2016, according to NPR. The largest increase occurred after 2014.
The Republican health care plan, which would roll back the Affordable Care Act and reduce or terminate health coverage for millions of Americans, will deepen the nation’s opioid crisis, addiction experts tell the Los Angeles Times.
The attorneys general of 19 states have told President Trump and Republican leaders of Congress that any replacement for the Affordable Care Act must adequately fund drug treatment, the Associated Press reports.