The Congressional Research Service (CRS) recently published a short “insight” report, Policy Options to Increase Physician Training Education in Proper Opioid Prescribing. It responds to the recommendation of the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis to mandate "medical education and prescriber education initiatives in proper opioid prescribing and risks of developing an SUD [Substance Use Disorder]."
Proposals to End Medicaid Expansions Threaten Support to Address the Opioid Crisis
A new analysis by GW Health Policy and Management researchers concludes that Medicaid expansions are helping states cope with the rising toll taken by the opioid crisis. It also suggests that Congressional proposals to end the Medicaid expansion program may undermine efforts to address this growing public health problem.
Brian Bruen and HPM Team Author Report for Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) published a summary report on state Medicaid programs’ management on high-cost Hepatitis C medications, which was authored by several researchers in the Department of Health Policy and Management. The report highlights the key findings of a MACPAC-funded study that involved analyses of drug utilization and expenditure data, publicly available documents outlining state policies, and interviews with state officials.