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Governor Whitmer signs bills fighting opioid crisis

| May 19, 2022 | Michigan

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a package of legislation investing $800 million dollars in treatment, prevention, mental health in response to the Opioid Crisis. Together, Senate Bills 993, 994, and 995 manage the disbursement of settlement funds as a result of opioid-related lawsuits and create the Opioid Advisory Commission to...[ Read More ]

Intermountain Healthcare selects nationally recognized diversity leader as health system's first Chief Equity Officer

| May 12, 2022 | Utah

After an extensive national search, Intermountain Healthcare has selected Tiffany Capeles, a nationally recognized diversity leader, as the health system’s first chief equity officer. Capeles, who has a broad background in healthcare diversity, will lead Intermountain’s efforts, which were started several years ago, to expand health equity, diversity, and inclusion...[ Read More ]

State extension for Medicaid/CHIP coverage for 12 months postpartum approved

| Apr 18, 2022 | Michigan

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently approved an extension of Michigan Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program coverage for 12 months after pregnancy, up from 60 days, effective April 1, 2022. This coverage extension is expected to apply to approximately 16,000 pregnant and postpartum women in Michigan and is...[ Read More ]

MSMS awarded $200K grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to fund new health equity initiative

| Mar 31, 2022 | Michigan

Working to bolster its commitment to advancing equity across all aspects of the health care system, the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) is set to begin on Partnering to Advance Health Equity—a new project designed to identify strategies and opportunities to better position and support physician leadership in their ongoing...[ Read More ]

Castell enters Medicare direct contracting program

| Mar 25, 2022 | Utah

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have selected Castell to administer a second Direct Contracting Entity (DCE) in the Medicare Global and Professional Direct Contracting (GPDC) program in 2022. As a DCE in this program, Castell will participate in risk-sharing arrangements aimed at enhancing quality of care...[ Read More ]

Use of opioids before surgery predicts consumption of opioids after surgery

| Mar 22, 2022 | Michigan

As elective surgeries deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic begin to ramp up, a new study from University of Michigan Medical School researchers details important considerations for surgical patients with recent opioid use versus those who have never taken opioids. The study, led by Mark Bicket, M.D., Ph.D., of the U-M Health...[ Read More ]