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Substance Use and Misuse in Rural Areas – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

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 31, 2020 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is seeking comment on two surveys being developed as part of the Mental and Substance Use Disorder Practitioner Data grant: 1) a one-time survey to employers of behavioral health providers and, 2) a one-time survey of licensed clinical behavioral health providers. The information gathered by these surveys will be used to gain critical new insights into, and to document, challenges in recruiting and retaining behavioral health staffing and to assess the strength of available data on the clinical behavioral health workforce actively providing care for mental health and substance use disorders. Comments are due by 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
Dec 14, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) amending the regulation governing the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records, to clarify one of the conditions under which a court may authorize disclosure of confidential communications made by a patient to a part 2 program. This final rule is effective January 13, 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

Last Updated: 12/31/2020