Category results for "Healthcare"

Smokers Insured Through Individual Plans Charged More, Without Cessation Help

Under the Affordable Care Act, smokers can be charged a higher premium than nonsmokers. Smokers who obtain their insurance through an individual plan will not benefit from a provision in the law that allows smokers in small group plans to avoid the higher premiums if they participate in a smoking cessation program, NPR reports.

Peer Recovery Support Services Will Benefit from Health Reform: Advocacy Group

The Affordable Care Act will provide many new opportunities for peer recovery support services, according to Faces & Voices of Recovery, which advocates for people in recovery from addiction.

Experts Debate Safety of Medical Marijuana for Children

Experts are debating the safety of medical marijuana for children, NBC News reports. A number of states allow doctors to recommend a type of cannabis that doesn’t produce a high for children with conditions including cancer, seizures and autism.

Commentary: Simple Change Will Reduce Sea of Credentialing Confusion in California

California lags behind the rest of the country by having a variety of certifications for substance use disorder treatment. Confusion like this is detrimental to the health and safety of the public, as well as to the clinicians themselves. All who support the integrity of our field must call for change, explains Phyllis Gardner, PhD, President of IC&RC.

More Clinics Treating Pregnant Women Addicted to Opioids

A growing number of clinics around the country are treating pregnant women who are addicted to prescription painkillers, according to The Wall Street Journal. They are often associated with university medical centers, and are free for patients.

Doctors’ Attitudes About Opioids Closely Linked With Rates of Prescribing: Study

Doctors’ attitudes about opioids are closely related to how often they prescribe the painkillers, a new study suggests.

Many Medicaid Programs Hinder Access to Opioid Addiction Treatment: Report

Many Medicaid programs make it difficult for people addicted to opioids to receive medications to treat their addiction, according to a new report. The American Society of Addiction Medicine says private insurance companies also are restricting access to these treatments.

Medicare Paid for Drugs Ordered by Professionals Not Authorized to Write Prescriptions

Medicare paid for prescriptions for drugs, including controlled substances such as oxycodone, written by professionals including massage therapists, home health aides and veterinarians, who were not authorized to do so, ABC News reports.

Smoking Undertreated Compared With Diabetes, Asthma, High Blood Pressure: Study

Smoking is vastly undertreated, compared with other chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure, a new study concludes.

Doctors Shouldn’t Prescribe Medical Marijuana to Teens with Chronic Pain: Mayo Clinic

Doctors should not prescribe medical marijuana to teens with chronic pain, say researchers at the Mayo Clinic. Marijuana can lead to some negative short-term side effects, including impaired concentration, fatigue and slower reaction times, they write in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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