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Resources by Topic: Pharmacy and prescription drugs

Six Building Blocks: A Team-Based Approach to Improving Opioid Management in Primary Care
Offers a structured approach primary care providers can follow to improve management of patients on chronic opioid therapy. Includes a self-assessment, implementation guide, and links to additional resources.
Type: Website
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Nebraska Pharmacist Map
Shows pharmacist state and federal shortage areas.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Office of Rural Health
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Opioid Overdose: U.S. Prescribing Rate Maps
A collection of maps showing retail opioid prescription rates from 2006-2018 at the county and state level.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Case Study: Pharmacy Provides Critical Link in Rural Care Continuum
Follows the transition of pharmacy services in Pender, Nebraska, to highlight the importance of pharmacy services in rural communities. Focuses on how Pender Community Hospital District Inc. partnered with Pender Care Centre District Inc. to purchase a local retail pharmacy, expand pharmacy access, increase revenue, and qualify for the 340B Program.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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HCUP Fast Stats - Opioid-Related Hospital Use
Provides access to data on opioid-related inpatient stays and emergency department visits for rural and urban areas over a range of years. Data is available at the national and state level.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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County-Level Drug Overdose Mortality in the United States, 2003-2020
Collection of data visualizations showing drug overdose rates at the national, state, and county levels. Includes urban-rural trends by state with data for metropolitan, micropolitan, and noncore areas.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Medicare Part D Opioid Prescribing Mapping Tool
Interactive mapping tool identifies opioid prescription rates at the state, county, and zip code level for de-identified Medicare Part D claims from 2014-2019. Also offers rural/urban opioid prescribing data, changes in prescribing rates in 1 year and 5 year increments, and hot spots and outliers in long-acting opioid prescribing.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Medication Safety Assessment Form
Provides a form for Critical Access Hospitals to assess medication safety. Developed by the Florida Flex program with their Quality Improvement Organization, which is the Florida Medical Quality Assurance Incorporated.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Florida Office of Rural Health
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Implementation Toolsets for E-Prescribing
Provides toolsets for supporting e-prescribing implementation, one for physicians in small practices and one for independent pharmacies. The toolkits offer a step-by-step guide to prepare for and launch an e-prescribing system.
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Uniform Data System (UDS) Mapper
Illustrates the geographic reach, penetration, and growth of the Section 330-funded Health Center Program (HCP) and its relationship to other federally-linked health resources. Provides data on health centers and their service areas, as well as population indicators. Includes access to Mapping Areas of Priority for Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAP for MAT), with data identifying areas of high need and services available related to the opioid epidemic. Free, but registration is required.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organizations: American Academy of Family Physicians, Robert Graham Center
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