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DOJ reaches agreement for discounted Narcan

The Wisconsin Department of Justice has reached an agreement with Adapt Pharma to offer an anti-overdose nasal spray at a discounted rate when bought in bulk by police, first responders and state or local government agencies.
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On the Record with Pete Carlson, president of Aurora Behavioral Health Services

Aurora Health Care has made several recent investments in behavioral healthcare and is looking at ways to deliver it more efficiently and effectively. But sustaining the effort will likely require new ways of paying for care, said Pete Carlson, president of Aurora Behavioral Health Services.
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Bill updates terminology around EMS in state law

The Assembly Committee on Health is scheduled to vote on a bill making terminology changes to laws governing emergency medical services next Wednesday.
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Committee approves CBD oil bill

The Assembly Committee on Children and Families unanimously recommended approving a bill lifting state penalties for possession of non-psychoactive cannabinoid oil in Wisconsin Wednesday.
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Medical society pushes back against ‘right to try’

Supporters behind a proposal providing an alternative path for terminally ill patients to receive experimental drugs said it would give families hope. But the Wisconsin Medical Society said Wednesday that the process could undermine future treatments.

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Ambulatory surgical centers split over ending assessment

Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposes the elimination of a tax on ambulatory surgical centers and supplemental funding, which some centers warn could increase Medicaid costs while others say could enhance their ability to provide care.
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Wieske: Small group market could ‘start to implode’

The state's deputy insurance commissioner told members of congress earlier this month that unless lawmakers pursue changes, Wisconsin's small group market may head into turmoil.
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More than 12,000 sign up for ePDMP

More than 12,000 doctors and other prescribers have registered for the state's Enhanced Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, Department of Safety and Professional Services staff told the Medical Examining Board last week.
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DHS applies for federal funding to fight opioid epidemic

The Department of Health Services has submitted an application to receive up to $15.7 million in federal funding over the next two years to curb opioid abuse and misuse, according to a Friday statement.
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Madison companies set to display at HIMSS

Madison companies will be on display at the 2017 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition next week in Orlando, according to a Thursday statement from the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce.
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Ryan: House will introduce repeal and replace legislation soon

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, told reporters Thursday that House Republicans plan to introduce legislation to repeal and replace the federal health reform law soon.
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