Does online opioid treatment work?

The Covid-19 pandemic brought a sudden shift to virtual health care. That has increased access — and possibly outcomes, too — for patients with opioid use disorder. While Covid-19’s death toll grabbed the spotlight these past two years, another epidemic continued marching grimly onward in America: deaths from opioid overdose. A record 68,630 individuals died from opioid overdoses in 2020, partly as a result of the isolation and social distancing forced by the pandemic; early data suggest that death rates in many states were even worse in the first half of 2021. But the coronavirus pandemic may also have had a paradoxical benefit for those addicted to opioids: Because Covid-19 made...

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Katrina Survivors Were Told They Could Use Grant Money to Rebuild. Now They’re Being Sued for It.

Celeste Matthews spent last summer’s 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in a panic at her cousin’s house in Uptown New Orleans as another monster storm, Hurricane Ida, roared through the city. With every gust, she was terrified the windows would shatter. The next day, she returned to her home in the Gert Town neighborhood to find part of the roof torn off. With the electricity out, she had to sleep with the windows open. Mosquitoes swarmed around her bed. “It was horrible,” said Matthews, 67. After three days without power, Matthews had her daughter drive her to Houston. A week later she returned home, closed the curtains and sank into a depression, spending the next several days in...

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Regulatory and legislative changes contribute to the health care industry’s thirst for current information: FICPA answers the call

The Florida Institute of CPAs held its annual Health Care Industry Conference May 2 – May 3 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, FL. Close to 200 attendees, evenly divided between online and in-person participation, gained valuable industry knowledge and earned continuing education credits at the two day event billed as the “the only FICPA conference that highlights accounting and finance health care issues.” The Conference Planning Committee, led by Eric S. Friedfeld, Chair, delivered a two-day program filled with provocative topics taught by a diverse and experienced faculty. The opening keynote was delivered by John Couris, President and CEO, Tampa General Hospital. Mr. Couris discussed...

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What’s Next if ‘Roe v. Wade’ Falls?

More Than Half of States Expected to Ban or Restrict Abortion If the Supreme Court’s conservative majority affirms the leaked decision overturning abortion rights in the U.S., the effects would be sweeping for 40 million women in more than two dozen states where Republican-led legislatures have been eagerly awaiting the repudiation of the right to terminate a pregnancy. Long before the Supreme Court heard challenges to Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, seminal decisions that affirmed a federally protected right to abortion, conservative lawmakers in 14 states had crafted so-called trigger laws that would automatically go into effect in the event a...

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