Number 11 March 16, 2018
See You Monday at the 2018 NAPHS Annual Meeting!
The 2018 NAPHS Annual Meeting kicks off Monday, March 19 at the Mandarin Oriental Washington, DC.
Please join us Monday at 2 p.m. ET in the hotel’s Grand Ballroom AB for a special announcement from NAPHS President/CEO Mark Covall and NAPHS Board Chair Brent Turner. You can learn more about our speakers and sessions here.
And if you haven’t done so yet, please register for the Annual Meeting today. We look forward to seeing you in Washington!
Trump Administration Circulating Opioid Plan
The Trump Administration is expected to release a highly anticipated plan to combat the nation’s opioid crisis that reportedly includes a mix of advocate-endorsed prevention and treatment measures, Politico reported in an exclusive this week.
According to the story, the plan—which has been through several revisions—calls on Congress to change how Medicaid pays for treatment so that it’s easier for patients with addictions to access inpatient care. The plan also proposes to change how the government pays for opioid prescriptions to limit access to painkillers and is likely to include strict law-enforcement measures for drug dealers. The White House could release the plan as early as Monday, the story noted.
NAPHS Sends Opioid Policy Recommendations to House Ways and Means Committee
Earlier this week, NAPHS sent the influential House Ways and Means Committee a series of policy recommendations to address the nation’s deadly opioid crisis.
The letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the full committee and its health subcommittee recommends that the recently announced $6 billion in federal funding for the opioid crisis be used to urge states to pilot financing models for addiction care that are independent of traditional grants. The letter also recommends expanding access to all U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved addiction medicines for Medicare beneficiaries; and eliminating Medicare’s 190-day lifetime limit for psychiatric hospital care.
Congressional Task Forces Recommends Expanded Funding for CARA
The Bipartisan Heroin Task Force on Friday urged Members of Congress to provide more funding for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA).
The task force noted that both the House and Senate fiscal year 2018 appropriations bills provide funding for CARA, but there are differences in funding levels. In their letter to the chairman and ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, task force members asked lawmakers to reconcile the differences by adopting the highest level of funding.
“Designed to respond to both today’s crisis and tomorrow’s threats, CARA represents a comprehensive response to substance use disorders that includes preventive measures, support for law enforcement strategies, resources to address overdoses, expansion of evidence-based treatment and support for those in or seeking recovery,” the task force wrote in its letter. “We strongly urge you to fully fund CARA at its authorized levels and consider devoting a substantial portion of the funds promised by the Balanced Budget Agreement as supplemental funding for all the grant programs authorized by CARA.”
HRSA Accepting Applications for National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program
HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for its National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program until Monday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
In the program, primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health clinicians can receive up to $50,000 to repay their health professional student loans if they commit to working for two years at NHSC-approved sites in high-need, underserved areas.
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