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Prior Authorization Insurance Requirements: A Barrier to Accessing Lifesaving Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this overdose crisis , and efforts are urgently needed to mitigate harm. In our recent study published in JAMA Health Forum , we evaluated the effect of removing all prior authorization requirements in Medicaid programs for California and Illinois using publicly available prescribing data.

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Expanded Medicare Telehealth Coverage for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Services Furnished by Opioid Treatment Programs

Healthcare Law Today

Starting January 1, 2023, Medicare will cover telehealth-based treatment services delivered by federally-accredited opioid treatment programs (OTPs), commonly referred to as “methadone clinics.” Background and History of Medicare Telehealth Coverage of SUD Treatment. Want to Learn More?

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Five Opportunities to Use the Law to Address Persistent OUD Treatment Gaps 

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health care system, but that are especially present for behavioral health needs like substance use, and are exacerbated by other challenges related to stigma, lack of employment, and fragmented or nonexistent care coordination. This reality reflects structural, policy, and legal misalignments common to the entire U.S.

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Key Healthcare Provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023

Healthcare Law Blog

In addition to funding, the Act modifies certain telehealth provisions, expands and extends components of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and supports initiatives within the behavioral health and substance use treatment spaces. The Act provides for nearly $1.7 Telehealth. Medicare Extension & Adjustments.

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Medical Device Cybersecurity Provisions Included in Omnibus Appropriations Bill

HIPAA Journal

Funding for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will increase by $100 million, the National Institutes of Health will receive an additional $2.5 Funding for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will increase by $100 million, the National Institutes of Health will receive an additional $2.5

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HIPAA Updates and HIPAA Changes in 2023

HIPAA Journal

In November 2022, OCR and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) which sees both Part 2 and HIPAA changes to better align these regulations. HIPAA Changes Due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and COVID-19.

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President Biden Signs End-of-Year Legislation Including Telehealth, Medicare & Medicaid, Mental Health, Pandemic Preparedness, and Other Health Care Provisions

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trillion spending package, which consists of all 12 fiscal year (FY) 2023 appropriations bills and funds the federal government through September 30, 2023, provides additional assistance to Ukraine, and makes numerous health care policy changes. 117-164 ) (the “Act”)—an approximately $1.7

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