Aetna will be the third major insurer to remove prior authorization requirements for patients who seek medication-assisted treatments such as Suboxone.
The woman set to run the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services told senators last week that maternity coverage should be optional in individual and small group plans. But other services could also be left on the cutting room floor.
In an interview with Kaiser Health News, Michael Botticelli outlined his concerns about how GOP efforts to dismantle the health law’s coverage expansions could jeopardize treatment for people in need.
An expert geriatrician says the benefits for the patient, such alleviating pain and maintaining independence, must be weighed against the possible risks. Her motto: ‘start low and go slow.’
Wood, who chairs the Assembly Health Committee, lays out his priorities for 2017.
Using opioids to treat pain in seniors has been common, and that has led some to dependence disorders in later life.
Just a few grains of pure fentanyl is enough to kill most users. But law enforcement sources say stopping the supply of the deadly synthetic opioid from China and Mexico is very difficult.
More people struggle with alcohol or drugs than have cancer, and 1 in 5 Americans binge drink. It all costs the nation $420 billion a year. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says we know how to help.
A month’s stay in a rehab facility became the standard of care for alcoholism. But there’s little research to support that length of stay for people addicted to opioids.
Two prescription medications have been found to be successful in helping many patients with alcohol cravings. Yet they are rarely used and many patients don’t know they exist.