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Resources by Topic: Pharmacy and prescription drugs

340B Drug Pricing Program: Results of a Survey of Eligible but Non-Participating Rural Hospitals
Summarizes the results of a survey of pharmacy directors at rural hospitals eligible to participate in the 340B program but identified as not participating at the time of the survey. Examines why rural hospitals eligible for the program were not participating and if there were barriers to participation.
Author(s): Andrea Radford, Rebecca Slifkin, Marianne Baernholdt, Claudia Schur, Karen Cheung
Date: 01/2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Enrollment in Medicare Part D for Rural Beneficiaries Is Encouraging
Provides findings about Medicare beneficiary enrollment in prescription drug plans (PDPs) in rural and urban areas across the United States.
Author(s): Timothy D. McBride, Tanchica L. Terry, Keith J. Mueller
Citation: RUPRI Rural Policy Brief, 12(1)
Date: 01/2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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The Experience of Sole Community Rural Independent Pharmacies with Medicare Part D: Reports from the Field
Examines unintended impacts of the Medicare Part D program on independent pharmacies in rural areas. Discusses options to address the challenges faced by rural independent pharmacies that are the sole providers in their communities.
Author(s): Andrea Radford, Rebecca Slifkin, Roslyn Fraser, Michelle Mason, Keith Mueller
Date: 11/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program, RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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MedPAC Report to the Congress: Increasing the Value of Medicare
Examines issues affecting the Medicare program and makes recommendations to the Congress. Topics covered include care coordination, pricing accuracy in the hospice and physician payment systems, quality measures in home health, gathering data on outpatient therapy, Medicare Advantage, the Part D prescription drug program, and cost-effectiveness analysis.
Date: 06/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Medicare Hospital Pharmaceuticals: Survey Shows Price Variations and Highlights Data Collection Lessons and Outpatient Rate-Setting Challenges for CMS
Analyzes Medicare specified covered outpatient drugs (SCOD) price variation across hospitals. Includes information on prices paid by rural hospitals compared to urban hospitals.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 04/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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The 2006 Report to the Secretary: Rural Health and Human Service Issues
Report to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on issues related to rural America. Examines three key topics: access to pharmaceuticals and pharmacy services, health information technology, and family caregiver support of the rural elderly.
Date: 01/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Pharmacist Staffing and the Use of Technology in Small Rural Hospitals: Implications for Medication Safety
Assesses the capacity of rural hospitals to implement medication safety practices. Focuses on pharmacist staffing and the availability of technology.
Additional links: Policy Brief (January 2006)
Author(s): Michelle M. Casey, Ira Moscovice, Gestur Davidson
Date: 12/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Upper Midwest Rural Health Research Center
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National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services Meeting Minutes, Jackson, Wyoming, September 18-20, 2005
Summary of a meeting addressing the following topics: family caregiver support for rural elderly, pharmacy assistance, and health information technology initiatives.
Date: 09/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Preparing for Medicare Part D: An Opportunity for State Offices of Rural Health and State Rural Health Associations
Provides a timeline for the implementation of Medicare Part D and discusses how State Offices of Rural Health and state rural health associations could help beneficiaries enroll in prescription drug plans.
Author(s): Keith J. Mueller, Lisa Bottsford
Citation: RUPRI Rural Policy Brief, 10(2)
Date: 08/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services Meeting Minutes, Johnson City, Tennessee, June 12-14, 2005
Summary of a meeting addressing the following topics: family caregiver support for rural elderly, pharmacy services in rural areas, and health information technology in rural areas.
Date: 06/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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