Doctors have noted a troubling phenomenon associated with some COVID cases: Even after extubation, some patients remain unconscious for days, weeks or longer.
New England is experiencing the nation’s highest rates of fentanyl-involved overdose deaths.
Bloodwork was supposed to be the last step in Isela’s application for life insurance. But when she arrived at the lab, her appointment had been canceled. “That was my first warning,” Isela said. She contacted her insurance agent and was told her application was denied because something on her medication list indicated that Isela uses drugs. Isela, a registered nurse who works in an addiction treatment program at Boston Medical Center, scanned her med list. It showed a prescription for the opioid-reversal drug naloxone.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have denied an attempt by Massachusetts to negotiate prices for about 1 percent of the highest-priced drugs and stop covering some of them. CMS rejected the proposal, saying Massachusetts couldn’t do what it wanted and continue to receive the deep discounts drugmakers are required by law to give state Medicaid programs. The development has implications for the rest of the country.