Jan 18, 2023 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announces new actions to reduce inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications in nursing homes and increase the transparency of nursing home information by publicly displaying survey citations that facilities are disputing.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Jan 9, 2023 - Describes new research that suggests that although existing studies compare access to medications for opioid use disorder (OUD) by rurality, there is a lack of of research on patient experiences in specific regions and localities. How personal and healthcare factors vary between rural communities is still poorly understood.
Jan 4, 2023 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released results of its annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in which people living in America reported on their experience with mental health conditions, substance use, and pursuit of treatment in 2021. Includes information on perceived impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on substance use.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Dec 29, 2022 - Announces that Glenn Sterner, assistant professor at Penn State Abington, was given the 2022 Rural Health Hero of the Year Award by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health for his work on the opioid epidemic, human trafficking, and other issues across the state.
Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer
Dec 20, 2022 - Senator Jon Ossoff has announced that the bipartisan Rural Opioid Abuse Prevention Act has been signed into law. This law will identify gaps in prevention, treatment, and recovery services in rural areas, and establish new efforts to address the opioid crisis in communities.
Source: Office of Senator Jon Ossoff
Dec 16, 2022 - Notice of proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that would update the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's regulations for medications used in the treatment of opioid use disorder. Comments on the proposed changes will be due by February 14, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 12, 2022 - Describes the challenges of funding opioid overdose prevention programs and allocating funding from manufacturer settlements. Notes that rural counties that may experience per capita disparities in overdoses compared to urban areas receive far less funding due to smaller populations. Compares various funding models nationwide.
Source: Kaiser Health News