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Resources by Topic: Pharmacy and prescription drugs

Nevada - Project ECHO: Antibiotic Stewardship
Supports an interaction platform with an infectious disease physician and clinical pharmacologists specializing in infectious diseases to help clinicians manage infectious disease patients and to provide evidence-based antibiotic stewardship by optimizing antibiotic usage in order to reduce resistance. Offers an opportunity for clinicians to present a COVID-19 patient case for review.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
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Colorado - COVID-19 Just-in-Time ECHO for Primary Care
An ongoing COVID-19 series offered three times a week by an interdisciplinary panel of public health, clinical, and pharmacotherapy experts. Provides COVID-19 updates on testing locations, availability and guidelines, false claims regarding medication management, challenges in primary care particularly related to telehealth, and discussion on de-identified patient cases.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Project ECHO Colorado
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FDA: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Information and guidance from the FDA related to COVID-19. Provides information on diagnostics, personal protective equipment, and therapeutics, including information targeted to healthcare professionals. Also covers FDA monitoring of products with fraudulent COVID-19 claims.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Food and Drug Administration
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MedPAC Data Book: Health Care Spending and the Medicare Program, 2020
Provides an overview of Medicare spending and highlights data on Medicare beneficiary demographics, dual-eligible beneficiaries, quality of care provided through the Medicare program, and other payer liability. Examines settings of care, including rural specific provider sites, as they relate to spending, access to care, and profit margins. Compares rural and urban beneficiaries and providers throughout. Chart 6-2 addresses rural hospital closures.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Telepharmacy Rules and Statutes: A 3-Year Update for all 50 States
Surveys the legislative and administrative activity authorizing community-based telepharmacy. Includes a table identifying states that have permitted telepharmacy services through legislation, regulation, or waiver or pilot programs, and states with limitations, prohibitions, or no guidance on these services. Provides an overview of state rules and regulations that limit aspects of telepharmacy implementation. Explores areas for further research and evaluation, including the relationship between telepharmacy and rural pharmacy closures.
Author(s): Jason Semprini, Fred Ullrich, Keith J. Mueller
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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ASHP: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Resources to help pharmacists respond to COVID-19. Includes information on treatment options, including off-label treatment considerations.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
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Major Depression, Treatment Receipt, and Treatment Sources among Non-Metropolitan and Metropolitan Adults
Results of a study to estimate and compare prevalence of depression, receipt of treatment, and sources of treatment for depression, including use of prescription drugs. Features statistics with breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan residence.
Author(s): Tyrone F. Borders
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Underserved Health Research Center
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MedPAC Report to the Congress: Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System, June 2020
Evaluates Medicare payment issues and offers recommendations to the U.S. Congress. Includes chapters on value-based payment in Medicare, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), the Medicare Advantage quality bonus program, the impact of changes in the 21st Century Cures Act to risk adjustment for Medicare Advantage enrollees, Medicare Part D, separately payable drugs in the hospital outpatient prospective payment system, and the Medicare end-stage renal disease prospective payment system. Examines the current payment policy for low-volume and rural dialysis facilities and proposes changes.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Regional Disparities in Qualified Health Plans' Prior Authorization Requirements for HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis in the United States
Results of a study examining differences in qualified health plans (QHPs) in the South, the Midwest, the West, and the Northeast, in terms of prior authorization requirements for combined tenofovir disoproxil fumarate and emtricitabine. Features statistics comparing 16,853 QHPs, with breakdowns by urban and rural areas.
Author(s): Kathleen A. McManus, Samuel Powers, Amy Killelea, Sebastian Tello-Trillo, Elizabeth Rogawski McQuade
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 3(6)
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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Federal COVID-19 Emergency Actions
Provides an overview of telehealth-related federal policies taken in response to COVID-19, when these actions will expire, and what actions could be taken to make these changes permanent.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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