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Rural Pharmacy and Prescription Drugs – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Jul 8, 2019 - The Critical Access Care Pharmacy Program is a new Illinois state initiative giving a total of $4.7 million in payments to more than 70 independent pharmacies in rural and medically underserved areas. Over 150 Illinois pharmacies have closed in the past 3 years.
Source: NewsChannel 20
Jun 19, 2019 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposing a new standard for the e-prescribing program under the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit program (Part D) required by the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act). The proposed rule would require Part D plan sponsors to support a secure SCRIPT standard for electronic prior authorization transactions. Comments are due August 16, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 13, 2019 - A recent study published in Military Medicine found that rural veterans were prescribed a third more opioids than urban veterans. The biggest difference in volume was for long-term prescriptions.
Source: Stars and Stripes
Jun 12, 2019 - Rural hospitals are using savings from the 340B drug pricing program to remain open and provide care for the underserved, according to a new report surveying more than 1,300 hospitals. Other uses include providing services such as transportation and reducing preventable readmissions.
Source: 340B Health
May 23, 2019 - 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

Last Updated: 7/9/2019