DHHR must bid MCO contracts

A lawsuit brought against the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) by five West Virginia residents has been settled, and will force the agency to competitively bid its contracts with managed care organizations (MCOs) that cover Medicaid beneficiaries in the state.   Five [Read more...]

Abuse declines among teens

Fewer teens are misusing prescription opioids, according to the 2015 Monitoring the Future Survey.  For example, in 2015, 4.4% of high school seniors reported non-medical use of Vicodin compared with the peak rate of 10.5% in 2003.   However, the study also shows that non-medical use of the [Read more...]

Pharmacists maintain high rating by public

Among 21 professionals, the public continues to give pharmacists high marks for honesty and ethics according to the recent annual Gallup Poll.   Pharmacists came in second to nurses and just ahead of physicians.   Pharmacists have been either first or second in the Poll for almost 20 years.