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Resources by Topic: Pharmacy and prescription drugs

FDA: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Information and guidance from the FDA related to COVID-19. Provides information on vaccines, diagnostics, personal protective equipment, and treatments, including information targeted to healthcare professionals.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Food and Drug Administration
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ASHP COVID-19 Resource Center
Resources to help pharmacists respond to COVID-19. Includes information on vaccination, treatment, and testing.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
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Prescription Opioid Use Among Adults With Chronic Pain: United States, 2019
Study examining prescription opioid use to treat chronic pain in adults, breaking down data from the 2019 National Health Interview Survey by pain measures and demographics, including race/ethnicity, sex, veteran status, rurality, and more. Discusses trends in the data to identify population characteristics among users of prescription opioids, and addresses risk of prescription opioid misuse.
Author(s): James M. Dahlhamer, Eric M. Connor, Jonaki Bose, Jacqueline W. Lucas, Carla E. Zelaya
Citation: National Health Statistics Reports, 162, 1-8
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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MedPAC Data Book: Health Care Spending and the Medicare Program, 2021
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: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (P.L. 117-2): Public Health, Medical Supply Chain, Health Services, and Related Provisions
Provides an overview of the provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 that relate to public health; behavioral health; medical supply chain; and health-related workforce, services, and support. Includes information related to funding for the National Health Service Corps and Nurse Corps, funding for graduate medical education, and emergency rural development grants for rural healthcare providers.
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Clinical Knowledge and Trends in Physicians' Prescribing of Opioids for New Onset Back Pain, 2009-2017
Results of a study of 10,246 physicians to compare the association of clinical knowledge with opioid prescribing from the years 2009-2011 with 2015-2017, when guidelines shifted away from opioid prescribing. Features demographic statistics with breakdowns by rural location.
Author(s): Bradley M. Gray, Jonathan L. Vandergrift, Weifeng Weng, Rebecca S. Lipner, Michael L. Barnett
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 4(7)
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
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Impact of Health Centers' 340B Savings
Infographic highlighting how several health centers have utilized savings from the 340B Drug Pricing Program to expand patient services and programs. Includes examples of health centers that serve rural populations.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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MedPAC Report to the Congress: Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System, June 2021
Evaluates Medicare payment issues and offers recommendations to the U.S. Congress. Chapter 5 presents an interim report on Medicare beneficiaries' access to care in rural areas. Also includes chapters on Medicare Advantage benchmark policy, alternative payment models, private equity and Medicare, the skilled nursing facility value-based purchasing program, indirect medical education payments, Medicare coverage of vaccines, separately payable drugs in the hospital outpatient prospective payment system, clinical laboratory fee schedule payment rates, and the relationship between clinician services and other Medicare services.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP, June 2021
Semi-annual report to Congress from the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). Discusses high-cost specialty drugs in the Medicaid program, access to mental health services for those enrolled in Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), integration of physical and behavioral health care through electronic health records (EHRs), Medicaid's non-emergency transportation (NEMT) benefit, and state strategies for integrating care for people who are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare. Includes rural references throughout.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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Faith in Recovery Coalition Offers Hope for Opioid Use Disorder in Fayette County, Ohio
Highlights the Pathways to Recovery program, which works to address opioid use disorder in rural Ohio. Efforts include educating providers and law enforcement, overdose prevention, harm reduction, and recovery support from Peer Support Specialists.
Author(s): Kathryn Rutz
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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