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CMS to Expand Patient Access to Treatment for Substance Abuse

November 2, 2017 - CMS has announced a new initiative to allow states to design their own programs to expand patient access to treatment for substance abuse and opioid misuse disorders. This move comes as a part of the administration’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and President Trump declaring the opioid epidemic a national emergency. The new policy introduces a Section 1115 waiver that allows...


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Food Security, Social Determinants of Health Lower Hospital Use

by Sara Heath

Implementing public programs to supplement food security in low-income patients can help reduce hospital use within that population, according to a study published in both BMC Geriatrics and Population Health Management. This data suggests that...

House Passes Emergency Funds for Veterans Choice, Care Access

by Sara Heath

The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that offers emergency funding for the VA to help support veteran care access. The bill is expected to see Senate debate before the two-week August recess. The bill allocates $3.9 billion...

FDA Expanded Patient Medication Access Program Successful

by Sara Heath

The FDA has successfully enacted its expanded patient medication access program, which allows patients with serious or life-threatening illnesses access to medications that have not yet moved past the clinical trial period, according to a report...

AHA-Backed Doc Shortage Bills Drive Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

The AHA has given its seal of approval on a new Senate bill to reduce doctor shortages that could have adverse effects on patient access to care. The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act (S.1301) serves as companion legislation to a similar...

Bill Urges More Patient Access to Physician-Owned Hospitals

by Sara Heath

Oklahoma Senator James Lankford introduced a Senate bill to repeal Affordable Care Act (ACA) bans on new construction of physician-owned hospitals (POHs). Bill supporters say the bans currently limit patient healthcare access. The Patient Access...

Pending Bills May Drive Care Access in Underserved Regions

by Sara Heath

Both houses of Congress have introduced companion bills to extend the Conrad State 30 Waiver program through 2021, according to multiple sources. The Conrad State 30 Waiver program drives care access allows state legislatures to extend visa waivers...

Congress Advances Bill to Extend Veterans Choice Program

by Sara Heath

The Senate and House of Representatives have both passed a bill to extend the Veterans Choice Program, a VA initiative to allow veterans access to non-VA healthcare when facing extraordinary wait times or other barriers to treatment, according...

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