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October 21, 2020
Purdue Pharma, maker of the prescription pain medication OxyContin, will plead guilty to three federal charges, including conspiracy to defraud the United States and violating anti-kickback laws, as part of an $8 billion settlement, according to an Associated Press report. Among the terms of the…
October 16, 2020
Financially strapped behavioral healthcare providers are eligible to receive Provider Relief Fund payments from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund as part of its Phase 3 General Distribution, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced through the Health Resources and Services…
October 16, 2020
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency on Thursday announced that it has seized 893 pounds of cocaine, 13 pounds of heroin and 2,224 pounds of crystal meth—the largest domestic seizure of crystal meth in U.S. history. In a news release announcing the seizure, DEA said:
October 06, 2020
The U.S. Department of Justice on Sept. 30 announced a nationwide takedown of 345 charged defendants—including more than 100 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals—on suspicion of submitting more than $6 billion in false and fraudulent claims to federal healthcare programs and…
September 24, 2020
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration announced that it will conduct a virtual public meeting on patient-focused drug development (PFDD) for stimulant use disorder, and the administration is seeking input from individuals and family members impacted by cocaine, methamphetamine, crystal meth and…
September 01, 2020
As part of its effort to expand the number of Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics nationwide to 500 by 2025, the National Council has launched the CCBHC Success Center, an online resource with information, implementation support, and advocacy materials for the CCBHC model. The website…
August 20, 2020
The California Department of Health Care Services has announced that $20 million in funding will be awarded to 212 hospitals in the state to provide opioid and substance use disorder treatment services through its Behavioral Health Pilot Project. The program is based on CA Bridge, a Public Health…
August 17, 2020
Voters in Oregon will have a chance to approve a bill that expands access to addiction treatment with funds generated by existing marijuana tax money and decriminalizes certain drug-related offenses in November. If approved, ballot measure 110, known as the Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery…
July 22, 2020
On March 27, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was enacted to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act also brought significant changes to 42 CFR Part 2 to partially align with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Such changes will be…
July 16, 2020
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration this week announced the adoption of 42 CFR Part 2 revisions that it says are designed to facilitate care coordination between providers while maintaining privacy protections.
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