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Rural Pharmacy and Prescription Drugs – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

May 16, 2019 - Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on a final rule amending Medicare Advantage regulations and the Prescription Drug Benefit program regulations to help reduce out-of-pocket costs and lower drug prices. The regulations will take effect January 1, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
May 1, 2019 - States are passing laws that require physicians to prescribe naloxone for patients on high doses of opioid medications. The laws are part of larger efforts to increase access to naloxone and reduce opioid overdose deaths.
Source: Pew Stateline
May 1, 2019 - In Green River, Utah, the nearest pharmacy is 55 miles away. A new program based at a community health center in Bicknell is offering Tele Pharm, which provides video consultations and may be a new model for rural communities lacking a pharmacy.
Source: KSL TV
Apr 30, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) signed an agreement with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to monitor Medicare Part D prescriptions for veterans. The agreement will allow the VA to increase patient safety, including helping decrease opioid overdoses, and better analyze patient outcomes.
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
Apr 23, 2019 - Radio interview with three 2018-2019 National Rural Health Association (NRHA) Rural Health Fellows: Karen White, CEO of Missouri Highlands Healthcare; Dennis Shelby, CEO of Wilson Medical Center; and Austin Gillard, CEO of Clay County Medical Center. Discussion covers the 340B Drug Pricing Program that allows safety-net providers to access medications for patients at lower prices and the related topics covered in the NRHA policy paper written by the fellows. Fellows discuss concerns and opportunities regarding the future of providing rural healthcare.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
Apr 19, 2019 - Shopko closures across the country meant many rural communities lost their only pharmacy. In rural Bridger Valley, Wyoming, the pharmacist decided to begin a delivery service to ensure local community members had continued access to medication.
Source: Wyoming Public Media
Apr 12, 2019 - Notice from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) regarding a proposed information collection that seeks to validate and expand the Six Building Blocks to Safer Opioid Management (6BBs) Toolkit. The toolkit is intended to support safer opioid prescribing for primary care providers and the evaluation will address barriers and facilitators of its implementation and effectiveness, including whether specific organization types benefit more from using the toolkit, such as rural clinics. Comments are due June 11, 2019.
Source: Federal Register

Last Updated: 5/17/2019