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Rural Pharmacy and Prescription Drugs News

News stories from the past 60 days.

How Hospitals Are Prioritizing Behavioral Health and Affordable Medication in Rural Communities
Nov 15, 2018 - Highlights two rural hospitals and the work they're doing. One integrated behavioral and physical health services in rural Montana. The other improves access to prescription medications through collaboration in rural Virginia.
Source: American Hospital Association
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HHS: 340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price and Manufacturer Civil Monetary Penalties Federal Register
Nov 2, 2018 - Notice of a final rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) updating the effective date of a January 5, 2017 final rule that set forth the calculation of the ceiling price and application of civil monetary penalties for the 340B Drug Pricing Program. In June 2018, HHS delayed the effective date until July 1, 2019. They now propose to cancel that delay and change the effective date of the final rule to January 1, 2019. Comments on this proposed change are due by November 23, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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Long Stigmatized, Methadone Clinics Multiply in Some States
Oct 31, 2018 - Discusses the use of and need for methadone clinics to provide treatment for some people struggling with opioid misuse disorder, comparing access to these clinics between states. Many states have made a concerted effort to improve access in rural and suburban areas in response to the opioid crisis, while other states remain skeptical.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts
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Seniors In The Deep South And Rural Western States Prescribed Most Benzodiazepines And Opioids
Oct 26, 2018 - Details a new University of Michigan study which found that older male doctors in the South and in rural Western states are prescribing high numbers of sedatives and opioids to seniors. The highest intensity prescribing was in Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia, Florida, and Louisiana. The study seems to indicate that these doctors are medicating older patients' distress, but potentially contributing to the shorter life expectancy in these areas.
Source: Forbes
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HHS Advances Payment Model to Lower Drug Costs for Patients
Oct 25, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced and sought input on an "International Pricing Index" (IPI) payment model to reduce what Americans pay for prescription drugs. Under this model, Medicare's payments for selected physician-administered drugs would be closer to prices in other countries in an effort to save money for American taxpayers and patients.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Rural Pharmacies Are Closing: Where Does That Leave Patients?
Oct 17, 2018 - Discusses rural pharmacy closures and the wide-reaching impact these closures can have on their communities. Also touches on some of the causes of closures including bigger chain pharmacies and low reimbursement rates.
Source: U.S. News and World Report
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No More Secrets: Congress Bans Pharmacist ‘Gag Orders’ On Drug Prices
Oct 10, 2018 - Two bills that will ban so-called "gag orders" that prevent pharmacists from disclosing that customers could save money by paying a cash price for their prescriptions rather than using their health insurance plan's negotiated price are scheduled to be signed into law by President Trump this week.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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Last Updated: 11/16/2018