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Daily Press: Virginia could see its biggest-ever jump in spending on mental health treatment

Governor Ralph Northam has proposed a $228 million package to fund Virginia’s mental and behavioral health services. This 11% uptick will be put towards the state’s nine hospitals and private institutions over the next two years. If approved, Community Service Boards and other key support services will be funded in order to ease the discharge… Continue reading Daily Press: Virginia could see its biggest-ever jump in spending on mental health treatment

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Editorial: Should Metro America Subsidize Rural America?

This Roanoke Times Editorial explores the polarizing comments made by Jackson Kernion and Brad Blakeman, both academics discussing the following popular, unspoken opinion - “Why bother [with economic revitalization in rural communities]? Maybe investing in rural America— especially the coalfields of Appalachia — is simply a waste of resources. Maybe the federal government should simply buy out people… Continue reading Editorial: Should Metro America Subsidize Rural America?

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$44,000 for an Ambulance, Hour-Long Drives to an ER: The Impossible Cost of Healthcare in Appalachia.

Mason Adams captures Southwest Virginia's healthcare climate and the dire consequences brought on by rural hospital closures. Downgraded trauma centers, a lack of providers and reliable, cost-efficient transportation are a few things affecting a community where the median income has remained around $32,590. The article also includes testimony on how the community continues to rally… Continue reading $44,000 for an Ambulance, Hour-Long Drives to an ER: The Impossible Cost of Healthcare in Appalachia.

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ETSU: Addiction medicine fellowship receives initial accreditation

This past month the ACGME granted ETSU’s Family Medicine Addiction Medicine Fellowship their initial accreditation, making it possible for two fellows to begin their education and training by July 2020. In partnership with Ballad Health, the creation of this fellowship has been an effort to introduce evidence-based care to the families and individuals of Northeast… Continue reading ETSU: Addiction medicine fellowship receives initial accreditation

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WJHL: Less opioids, more acupuncture: alternative medicine providers aim to help veterans

In an effort to stray away from heavy medication use, acupuncturists in the Tri-Cities area are seeking ways to treat veterans with PTSD. Former Army veteran, Linda Carter, who has suffered from acute and chronic pain, has welcomed the idea of triggering her body’s natural healing response. In recent months, insurers have even begun to… Continue reading WJHL: Less opioids, more acupuncture: alternative medicine providers aim to help veterans

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2019 Head for the Hills: Speaker PowerPoint Presentations

Thank you for joining us at our annual CME conference hosted at the BREAKS. To access the slides our speakers presented, please click on any of the links below: David Beckner, MD Cardiologist: BECKNER-h4th Jeffrey LeBoeuf, GME and Rotations Chief Officer, LMU-DCOM: LEBOEUF-h4th Nicholas Pennings, DO, FOMA: PENNINGS-h4th David Thompson, MD, Diabetes, IM: THOMPSON-h4th Ashley… Continue reading 2019 Head for the Hills: Speaker PowerPoint Presentations

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Five ways health care is (and isn’t) shaping debate in this year’s General Assembly election

The topic of healthcare reform has been at the heart of several debates, sparking heated discussions among the candidates. Thoughts on medical coverage expansion, increasing drug prices, and corporate campaign contributions have certainly intensified this election season. With November 5th around the corner, take a look at a quick breakdown of the topic. Check out… Continue reading Five ways health care is (and isn’t) shaping debate in this year’s General Assembly election

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Drilling into the DEA’s pain pill database

After a lengthy legal battle, the Washington Post has finally been granted access to the DEA Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System (ARCOS). This database has tracked the movement of every single oxycodone and hydrocodone pill in the nation, from manufacturer to pharmacy. Our very own Norton City, distributed 8,263,510 prescription pills from 2006-2012.… Continue reading Drilling into the DEA’s pain pill database

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Flooded with opioids, Appalachia is still trying to recover

Testimony from a Lebanon woman battling opioid addiction from the young age of 13. Now 25 ½ months into recovery, she is on track to become a peer recovery support specialist. Even though the process is extremely difficult, she wants others to know that “there is hope and there is another side of addiction.” To… Continue reading Flooded with opioids, Appalachia is still trying to recover