Opioids

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Congressional opioid efforts targeting Medicare, limits on new prescriptions

Congressional opioid efforts targeting Medicare, limits on new prescriptions

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A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation Tuesday that would set a three-day initial prescribing limit on opioids for acute pain and increase recovery services and availability for addicts.

Medicare pays for opioids over alternatives, lawmakers say

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Lawmakers took a long-standing industry complaint to the Department of Health and Human Services this week, telling Secretary Alex Azar that Medicare and Medicaid favor opioid prescription over non-addictive alternatives for treating chronic pain.