Articles

A collection of articles that support feature stories in the Rural Monitor.

The “M” of MAT: Medications for Opioid Use Disorder

prescription pad listing MAT-related medications


MAT, or medication-assisted treatment, is understood as a whole-patient treatment for opioid use disorder, considered a chronic disease. Four MAT medications work differently and help each patient’s unique needs.

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March 21, 2018

Understanding the Science of Pain and Opioids

drawing of brain


Understanding the opioid problem begins with understanding the science behind pain and how opioids relieve pain. It’s also important to understand individuals who might be more at risk of developing opioid use disorder.

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March 21, 2018

Telehealth’s Future Success Requires a Paradigm Shift

Bill England


William England, PhD, JD, Director of the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, gives a history of telehealth and suggests viewing telehealth as a concept rather than a tool can ensure its future success.

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July 26, 2017

Scalability Shows Signs of Telehealth Growth

Marcia M. Ward


Marcia M. Ward, PhD, Director of the Rural Telehealth Research Center, suggests that evaluation of telehealth as a business model proves its growth and contributes to its evidence base.

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July 26, 2017

Using Telehealth to Put Patients at the Center of Healthcare

Mario Gutierrez


Mario Gutierrez, MPH, Executive Director of the Center for Connected Health Policy’s National Telehealth Policy Resource Center, discusses the important role telehealth plays for rural patients in delivering healthcare directly to their homes and communities.

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July 26, 2017

Recognizing Telehealth’s Full Potential

Kristi Henderson


Kristi Henderson, DNP, CFNP, CACNP, FAEN, Vice President of Innovation and Virtual Care at Ascension’s Texas Ministry, outlines three challenges hindering telehealth’s growth: outdated reimbursement models, policies and regulations, and the complexity surrounding telehealth integration.

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July 26, 2017