Friday Five: Opioids, work requirements, and health care administration may all see major changes

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May 04, 2018

In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about actions to address the opioid crisis, streamlining Medicaid physician approvals, how artificial intelligence may impact health care, and potential changes to SNAP.

1. Senate Health panel approves opioid bill

According to The Hill, the Senate Health Committee recently voted to advance a bill containing 40 proposals for dealing with the opioid epidemic. A House subcommittee is also voting on opioid bills this week. Addressing the drug epidemic is a bipartisan effort.

2. Medicaid’s unnecessary barriers delay care for children with complex needs

In this opinion piece on STAT, the authors argue for streamlining the Medicaid approval process for doctors treating patients from another state and highlight examples of how administrative vetting has hindered or delayed access to care for children with complex medical conditions.

3. Top 12 ways that artificial intelligence will impact health care

How will artificial intelligence change health care? This article from Health IT Analytics cites the top 12 ways they anticipate AI will cause an impact, including the creation of brain-computer interfaces, new and more detailed screening tools, increased access to care, electronic health records, and more.

4. Verma highlights CMS initiatives to empower patients and promote competition

At a recent conference, CMS Administrator Seema Verma spoke about the agency’s focus on increasing access to health records, price transparency, and reducing administrative burdens. According to an article in AJMC, Verma believes CMS should be offering more control and flexibility to both patients and states.

5. Ag secretary confident Trump will help push farm bill across finish line

Proposed changes to work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) included in the farm bill have caused disagreement between Democrats and Republicans. NET reports that Sonny Perdue, Agricultural Secretary, says he will appeal to the President to push the bill through.


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