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Emergency Department Data Show Rapid Increases in Opioid Overdoses

Wake-up call to the fast-moving opioid overdose epidemic Data from emergency departments (EDs) show that the U.S. opioid overdose epidemic continues to worsen, according to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report examines the timeliest data available to CDC on ED visits for opioid overdoses across multiple states. Overall, ED visits (reported by 52 jurisdictions in 45 states) for suspected opioid overdoses increased 30 percent in the U.S., from July 2016 through September 2017. Opioid overdoses increased for men and women, all age groups, and all regions, but varied by state, with rural/urban


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Your practitioners may be performing services for which they are neither being reimbursed nor receiving credit toward their quality reporting. You can help maximize their earning potential and receive credit where it’s due by pointing out these three separately payable services. Chronic Care Management Chronic conditions (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, asthma, cancer, depression, HIV, stroke, and others) require additional work on the part of the practitioner. Medicare separately pays for non-face-to-face care coordination services furnished to patients who have two or more chronic conditions that are expected to last at least 12 months (or until the death of the patient).

Opioid overdoses soar by 30% in one year

Emergency department visits for opioid overdoses jumped from July 2016 to September 2017 America is struggling to win its battle against drug addiction. Opioid overdoses jumped 30% from July 2016 to September 2017 in 52 areas across 45 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. Opioid overdoses increased in the Midwestern region by 70% over the same period and spiked 54% in the largest cities in the country. These figures provide an “early warning system” for health departments to coordinate a response, the report said. “This fast-moving epidemic does not stay within state and county lines,” it

See inside the opioid epidemic that’s ravaging America

Photographer James Nachtwey traveled across America to capture the devastating toll of opioid addiction Read the full story

Jump In Overdoses Shows Opioid Epidemic Has Worsened

Opioid overdoses increased 30 percent nationwide between 2016 and 2017, with some places showing even more dramatic spikes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read the full story   There’s more bad news about the nation’s devastating opioid epidemic. In just one year, overdoses from opioids jumped by about 30 percent, according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The overall increase in opioid overdoses seen in hospital emergency rooms between the third quarter of 2016 and the third quarter of 2017 occurred across the nation. Some parts of the country experienced far greater increases,

Here’s how Ohio is working to reduce opioid prescriptions

Ohio has the second highest rate of drug overdose-related deaths in the country. Alternatives to traditional medical treatments may be preventing the problem from worsening. Patients who suffer from pain might see alternative forms of relief besides opioid related medication, according to new standards from the Joint Commission. The Ohio health organizations, many of which are certified by the Joint Commission (which certifies thousands of healthcare organizations throughout the country), released a new pain assessment and management standards on Jan. 1 in response to increasing reliance on opioid medication used to treat pain in hospital patients. Ohio has the second highest rate of drug

CMS Makes Late Changes to 2018 HCPCS II

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced January changes to the 2018 HCPCS Level II code set, released in November 2017.  The changes to C codes include retroactive effective dates and to several elements in G codes. The changes are below and do not show up in any publishers’ books: CODE ACTION EFF DATE SHORT DESC LONG DESC C9488 Change ASC Ind/ASC eff date 4/1/2017 C9745 Change ASC Ind/ASC eff date 7/1/2017 C9746 Change ASC Ind/ASC eff date 7/1/2017 C9747 Change ASC Ind/ASC eff date 7/1/2017 C9748 Change ASC Ind/ASC eff date 1/1/2018 G0279 Revise Long Desc 1/1/2018

Fear of heroin turning drug users toward methamphetamine

Law enforcement and treatment center officials are seeing a trend of drug users turning to methamphetamine out of fear of heroin’s deadly consequences. Numbers across the state and locally reflect that trend from samples sent to Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation to indictments through the U.S. 23 Task Force. In 2016, the U.S. 23 Task Force reported it seized 44 grams of methamphetamine. Last year, it reported it seized 1,130 grams of meth. The task force reported 101 total indictments in 2016 and 211 the following year. According to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the number of meth cases BCI

Stuck in an opioids crisis, officials turn to acupuncture

Marine veteran Jeff Harris was among the first to sign up when the Providence VA hospital started offering acupuncture for chronic pain. “I don’t like taking pain medication. I don’t like the way it makes me feel,” he said. Harris also didn’t want to risk getting addicted to heavy-duty prescription painkillers. Although long derided as pseudoscience and still questioned by many medical experts, acupuncture is increasingly being embraced by patients and doctors, sometimes as an alternative to the powerful painkillers behind the nation’s opioid crisis. The military and Veterans Affairs medical system has been offering acupuncture for pain for several