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CMS finalizes decision to cover Acupuncture for Chronic Low Back Pain for Medicare beneficiaries

Decision adds new access to acupuncture for Medicare beneficiaries as a potential pain treatment alternative to opioid use
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CMS Announces Approval of Groundbreaking Demonstration to Expand Access to Behavioral Health Treatment

District of Columbia first to access federal matching funds for critical tools to address both opioid crisis and serious mental illness
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Trump Administration takes Steps to Expand Access to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

The CY 2020 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule (CMS-1715-F) establishes Medicare Coverage for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Services Furnished by Opioid Treatment Programs.
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CMS Announces New Standards for Medicaid DUR Programs to Combat Opioid Misuse and Abuse

New Medicaid Drug Utilization Review standards build on existing state activities to encourage appropriate use of opioids and other medications.
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CMS Announces New Support for Babies, Pregnant Women, and Mothers Affected by Substance and Opioid Use Disorders

Guidance announced today explains additional options to help to combat the opioid crisis.
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Trump Administration Approves Two New State Medicaid Demonstrations to Treat Substance Use Disorders and Combat National Opioid Epidemic

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that Minnesota and Nebraska have become the 23rd and 24th states who have received approval under the Trump Administration for innovative demonstration projects that increase access to treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) and other substance use disorders (SUD).
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CMS Commits $50 Million to Assist States with Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (insert link) that provides State Medicaid agencies with information to apply for planning grants that will aid in the treatment and recovery of substance use disorders (SUDs), including opioid use disorder (OUD).
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