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MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
President Trump Elevates Opioid Crisis To A National Emergency
TJC Releases Specifications Manual Version 2017B
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care
Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issues updates to MLN Connects Provider eNews. eNews includes information about national provider calls, meetings, events, announcements and other MLN educational product updates. The latest issue provides updates and summaries of the following.
Quality and Population Health
Staff Contacts: Leslie Porth or Daniel Landon
Today, President Trump announced that he’s drafting paperwork to officially declare the opioid crisis a “national emergency” following the recent recommendation of the White House’s opioid commission, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. In addition to Gov. Christie, the members of the commission are Gov. Charlie Baker (R-Mass.), Gov. Roy Cooper (D-N.C.), Patrick Kennedy, a former democratic congressman from Rhode Island, and Bertha K. Madras, a Harvard Medical School professor who specializes in addiction biology.
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Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost
The Joint Commission has released specifications manual version 2017B and associated release notes, effective for discharges Jan. 1, 2018, through June 30, 2018. Key changes to the manual include the following.
According to research from the Boston Medical Center, from 2013 to 2015, 68,177 doctors received more than $46 million in payments from drug companies pushing powerful painkillers.
Source: The Washington Post