Some insurance companies deny coverage for opioid abuse treatment, according to an Oklahoma addiction specialist.
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it will tell Medicare prescription drug plans to withhold payment when they detect signs of suspicious activity related to narcotics and painkillers. The move is aimed at reducing Medicare fraud, Reuters reports.
The Mental Health Parity Act, which requires employers offering mental health and substance abuse services to offer those services at the same level as other health-related services, has largely been a success, a new government report finds.
The health insurance company Wellpoint announced it will cover lung CT scans for certain current and former heavy smokers, after a government-funded study found that the screening test was associated with a 20 percent decrease in lung cancer deaths.
A growing number of employers are requiring workers who smoke to pay more for their health care costs, The New York Times reports.
The number of people in Maryland who are receiving substance abuse treatment through Medicaid has more than doubled in less than three years.
More companies are raising health insurance rates for smokers, according to Reuters. Companies are taking a more punitive approach after finding not enough employees signed up for classes to quit smoking, and those who did weren’t showing enough improvement.
Wal-Mart has announced it is significantly raising health insurance premiums for many employees who smoke.
Medicare has been slow to react to the prescription drug abuse problem sweeping the nation, according to a new report.
Substance abuse treatment providers must start making changes now so they are ready when the Affordable Care Act is implemented in 2014, says Dr. Thomas Freese.