US Medicare And Opioids: Inspector General Sees Improvement
HHS is slowly changing its rhetoric on the use of prescription opioids – edging away from crisis to finding positive trends. A new OIG report on opioid use in Medicare Part D emphasizes sustained positive trends in naloxone rescue and medication assisted treatment alternatives to opioid use disorder.
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