DC Medicaid Denial of OUD Treatment ‘Grossly Negligent’

DCBA Law & Policy sent a letter today to District of Columbia Medicaid Director Melisa Byrd informing her that her actions in restricting coverage of and access to buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorder are “grossly negligent.” “I wish to provide you notice that [affected Medicaid participants] are at severe risk of relapse […]

U.S. Surgeon General: Warm Handoffs Are ‘Immediate Priority’

On Thursday, October 24, the Senate Finance Committee held a full committee hearing on the topic of substance abuse in the United States. Among the witnesses was the Surgeon General of the United States, Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH. Dr. Adams detailed the current approach of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), highlighted […]

Emergency Responses to Substance Abuse, Mental Illness

DCBA Law’s Managing Partner Michael C. Barnes spoke today at the Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority Conference in Durant, Oklahoma. Barnes’ presentation, “Compassion and Common Sense: Emergency Responses to Substance Abuse and Mental Illness,” provided information on the nation’s overdose crisis and delved into some of the major initiatives that have been undertaken at the […]

DCBA Managing Partner Presents on Federal Law, Regulation, Enforcement, and Impacts on Pain Management at ASPMN

On September 19, 2019, DCBA Managing Partner Michael C. Barnes presented alongside Wade Delk, Government Affairs Director of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN), and Marsha Stanton, Ph.D., R.N., former president of ASPMN, at ASPMN’s 29th annual conference in Portland, Oregon. Their presentation, titled “Trends in Federal Law, Regulation, and Enforcement, and Their […]

Evaluating Federal, State Policies Addressing Chronic Pain

Last week, DCBA Managing Partner Michael C. Barnes presented at PAINWeek in Las Vegas, Nevada. Barnes’s presentation, entitled “I’m Not a Doctor, But I Play One in DC: Federal Action and Its Impacts on Pain Care,” touched on several federal and state policies that affect people with chronic pain and the professionals who treat these […]