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5/25/2018

Proposed legislation in the Senate would require Medicare to reimburse health care providers who offer behavioral health consultations for opioid use disorder and other substance abuse disorders via telemedicine. The Expanding Telehealth Response to Ensure Addiction Treatment Act would remove geographic restrictions on telehealth reimbursement.

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5/25/2018

The YMCA of Dodge County is the latest worksite to be added to the Blue Zones Project in the Wisconsin community. The initiative was led by an employee wellness team that used positive messaging and well-being reminders to encourage physical activity, such as taking the steps instead of the elevator, and eating more plant-based foods.

5/25/2018

The Congressional Budget Office says one of the costliest drug pricing ideas in President Donald Trump's budget would be requiring Medicare Part D plans to share rebates at pharmacies. The CBO projects the proposal would cost the government $43.4 billion over 10 years, which is close to a previous estimate of $42.1 billion from the White House Office of Management and Budget.

5/25/2018

Pfizer entered into a $23.85 million settlement deal to resolve accusations that it violated the False Claims Act by improperly using a foundation as a conduit to cover copayments of patients taking three of the firm's prescription kidney cancer and heart drugs. Authorities said the scheme, which ran between 2012 and 2016, allowed Pfizer to increase its revenue and raise drug prices.

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5/25/2018

The Senate Judiciary Committee backed five bills intended to address opioid misuse that include provisions to increase participation in drug take-back programs, strengthen Drug Enforcement Administration authority to set quotas and reduce demand for illicit narcotics.

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5/25/2018

Results of the Men's Eating and Living study showed that while men with low-risk prostate cancer increased their intake of vegetables after telehealth consults with a dietitian, the change in diet did not slow prostate cancer progression, researchers told the American Urological Association's annual meeting. Lead author Dr. J. Kellogg Parsons said the study did show that a large-scale diet change in prostate cancer is feasible.

5/25/2018

Child welfare liaisons help to ease and minimize school changes that impact most Colorado students in foster care. For example, whenever a foster child might transfer into a new school, liaisons from the child's original school and from the new school participate in a "best interests determination" phone call to discuss attendance, grades, behavior and school activities.

5/25/2018

Allowing foster care agencies to turn away prospective LGBTQ parents hurts children in need by worsening a grave shortage of homes, write Sue Mangold, executive director of the Juvenile Law Center and Reggie Shuford, executive director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania. They also note that LGBTQ youth are over-represented in the foster care population, and "many of these youths are in foster care precisely because they were not accepted by their own families."

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5/25/2018

Funding for support staff such as social workers and psychologists accounts for a significant share of the record $58.9 million budget increase school officials are seeking from the Wake County, N.C., Board of Commissioners. Tara Jones, the county's school social worker of the year, notes that "kids come to school and some of them, the only faces and voices they hear that say, 'I believe in you and I know you can do anything you put your mind to' are the voices and faces they see in our schools."

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5/25/2018

A California legislative proposal would create a hotline with social work teams that could respond to foster children or caregivers that have a problem but don't want to involve the police.