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States Respond to COVID-19 Challenges but Also Take Advantage of New Opportunities to Address Long-Standing Issues: Results from a 50-State Medicaid Budget Survey for State Fiscal Years 2021 and 2022
Report examines changes taking place in Medicaid programs in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Features sections on delivery systems; benefits and telehealth; social determinants of health, including information on health equity and COVID-19 vaccine uptake; provider rates and taxes; and pharmacy and prescription drugs. Highlights challenges posed by the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) and policy changes taken in response to the PHE.
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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COVID-19 Contracting: Indian Health Service Used Flexibilities to Meet Increased Medical Supply Needs
Examines the Indian Health Service (IHS) National Supply Service Center (NSSC) contract obligations to obtain COVID-19-related products and medical supplies. Describes the contracting approaches used and challenges IHS officials faced.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Oregon Critical Access Pharmacies 2022
Shows a county-level map of Oregon identifying the critical access pharmacies and towns with pharmacies, including the 10 mile buffers around single pharmacies.
Date: 10/2021
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Oregon Office of Rural Health
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HIV/AIDS in the U.S. Deep South: Trends from 2008-2019
Report examining disparities in HIV/AIDS diagnosis rates, mortality, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) use, federal funding, demographics, and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the South, including rural HIV disparities.
Author(s): Susan S. Reif, Haley Cooper, Molly Warren, Elena Wilson
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research, Duke Global Health Institute, Southern AIDS Coalition
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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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Delta Region Community Health Systems Development (DRCHSD) Program: 340B Drug Pricing Program Guide
Provides rural hospital administrators with information regarding the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Offers State Offices of Rural Health (SORHs) directors and Flex Program coordinators a better understanding of the process hospitals must abide by to participate in the 340B Program.
Author(s): BKD CPAs & Advisors
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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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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Enrolling a Rural Community Pharmacy as a Vaccines for Children Provider to Increase HPV Vaccination: A Feasibility Study
Examines how the enrollment of a rural community pharmacy in Alabama in the Vaccines for Children program impacted the promotion and provision of HPV vaccines and other vaccinations to adolescents.
Author(s): Casey L. Daniel, Frances Lawson, Macy Vickers, et al.
Date: 06/2021
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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