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Rural Response to the Opioid Crisis – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Jan 14, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published Practice Guidelines for the Administration of Buprenorphine for Treating Opioid Use Disorder, which exempts physicians from certain certification requirements needed to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment. Details the exemptions that aim to expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jan 12, 2021 - Provides overview of study conducted by researchers at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that found the rates of pregnant women diagnosed with opioid use disorder and of babies born with withdrawal symptoms increased from 2010-2017. Identifies rural, white, and Medicaid populations with the highest rates of maternal opioid-related diagnoses and neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jan 5, 2021 - A Vanderbilt University researcher partnered with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to address a lack of transportation to substance abuse treatment facilities, especially in rural areas of the state. Describes how the research aims to identify transportation investment opportunities that could help curb the opioid epidemic.
Source: Vanderbilt University
Dec 31, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding regulatory changes to support state flexibility to enter into value-based purchasing arrangements (VBPs) with manufacturers. This rule also implements provisions of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act designed to reduce opioid-related fraud, misuse, and abuse through the Medicaid Drug Utilization Review (DUR) program. This rule is effective March 1, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 29, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comments and burden estimates on an application Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and Rural Health Clinics (RHC) must submit to receive payment for the average training costs of eligible physicians and practitioners who obtain Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) waivers to furnish opioid use disorder treatment services. Comments are due by January 28, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 25, 2020 - Notice from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announcing funding allocations and applicable rules, waivers, and alternative requirements for the Pilot Program to Help Individuals in Recovery From a Substance Use Disorder Become Stably Housed (RHP). RHP authorizes assistance to states and the District of Columbia to provide stable, temporary housing to individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 23, 2020 - Summarizes a study that found access to buprenorphine as a treatment for opioid use disorder increased in rural and frontier Oregon since nurse practitioners were given the authority to prescribe it in 2017. Describes how nurse practitioners are sometimes the only healthcare provider in very rural areas.
Source: Washington State University

Last Updated: 1/15/2021