The Weekly Roundup: Rural Medicine (12.07.18)
“Rural folks are older, poorer, and sicker,” Brock Slabach, MPH, FACHE, senior vice-president for the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) told attendees last weekend at the 2018 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting. With widespread hospital closures and the rate of rural poverty higher than that of metropolitan areas, healthcare delivery faces a broad range of challenges. Family practice residency programs like this one in Pennsylvania are taking a shot at the problem. For pharmacies, opportunities presented by the shortage include medication therapy management (MTM) and counseling for chronic diseases. Here are some ideas being implemented across the pond. Check out these best practices for engaging with physicians through transitions of care states. In some states, remote dispensing is also legal. Thinking about leveraging telehealth in your pharmacy? Here are some “golden rules” for starting a program in your pharmacy and some considerations for policy development along the way.
Here are a few other stories that might be of interest:
- Diabetes care provides a strong revenue opportunity in a value-based payment system.
- Certificate of Need is not needed, according to a recent report by Health and Human Services. Looser regulations will improve quality and make healthcare more affordable, White House says.
- Third time is not the charm. Teva Pharmaceutical’s tainted high blood pressure medicine recalled this week.
- Does it always pay to plan ahead? Check out this piece on advance directives when it comes to treating mental health.
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