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News by Topic: Illicit drug use

Sep 14, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $25 million to 80 recipients across 36 states and two territories as part of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP). The funding aims to reduce morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder and opioid use disorder in rural communities.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Sep 11, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility (CORF) Certification and Survey Forms; 2) Generic Clearance for the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality IT Product and Support Teams; 3) Pharmacy Benefit Manager Transparency; and 4) Value in Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Demonstration. Comments are due by October 13, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 31, 2020 - The Agency for Health Research and Quality is allowing an additional 30 days for public comments to be submitted on a proposed information collection for a project to identify and test strategies for the management of opioid use and misuse in older adults in primary care settings. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 17, 2020 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making changes to the following: 1) Physician Fee Schedule and Medicare Part B payment policies; 2) Medicare Shared Savings Program requirements; 3) Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program requirements for Eligible Professionals; 4) updates to the Quality Payment Program; 5) Medicare coverage of opioid use disorder services furnished by opioid treatment programs; 6) Medicare enrollment of Opioid Treatment Programs; 7) payment for office/outpatient evaluation and management services; 8) requirement for Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances for a Covered Part D drug under a prescription drug plan or an MA-PD plan; and 9) Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) expanded model Emergency Policy. Includes rural references throughout. Comments on the proposed rule are due by October 5, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 10, 2020 - One positive outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic is that certain restrictions on in-person visits were suspended, expanding telemedicine options for substance use disorder treatment and other services. Discusses how telemedicine increases access to treatment for rural Washingtonians, highlighting programs that have seen an increase in drug treatment admissions.
Source: Seattle Times
Aug 6, 2020 - The Health and Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $101 million to 116 organizations in 42 states to combat substance use disorders (SUD) and opioid use disorders (OUD). $89 million of the funding will benefit 89 rural organizations as part of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation (RCORP-Implementation).
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services