Economic Evidence Shows Pharmacy-based Medication Adherence Interventions Are Cost-Effective for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) finds tailored pharmacy-based interventions to increase medication adherence are cost-effective for cardiovascular disease prevention. When used for cardiovascular disease management, these interventions can lead to a favorable return on investment. The systematic review of economic evidence included 38 studies published through May 2019.

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Webinar: Moving Forward: Strategies to Help Rural & Community Hospitals Face COVID-19 with AI-powered Technologies (a 3-part series)

Date: August 18-20, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM Central


In this upcoming three-part webinar series, Nuance Healthcare CMIO’s and speakers from several rural hospitals across the country will discuss the current state of healthcare in rural communities and best practices to ensure the right AI-powered technologies and resources are in place to remain financially viable and future-proof their revenue. This webinar series will review how to adapt and think creatively about your business during COVID-19 and beyond. Topics will include telehealth, clinical documentation improvement and revenue recovery/future-proofing health systems.

Session 1: Optimizing AI-powered Speech Recognition Solutions to Streamline Telehealth Documentation

Session 2: How to Remain Financially Viable and Improve the Bottom Line Through COVID-19

Session 3: A Hospital’s Perspective: Strategies to Future-Proof your Revenue and Optimize Resources

Webinar: Connect Americans Now – Bridging the digital divide for rural and underserved communities

Date: August 5, 2020

Time: 2:00 PM CT


COVID-19 has highlighted existing disparities in broadband access for rural and underserved communities, more commonly called the “digital divide”.

Connect Americans Now is a coalition of more than 270 organizations and companies representing voices for agriculture, healthcare, education, small business, technology, veterans, rural advocacy and more – committed to completely eliminating the digital divide by supporting a mixed-technology approach that leverages the full potential of every tool in the nation’s toolbox.

This opportunity is open to all rural interested rural stakeholders, but space is limited. Please be sure to register early to secure your spot.

During the session, we will discuss:

  • The impact of the digital divide on every aspect of life for rural Americans and the urgency for action, particularly in the time of COVID-19.
  • The Connect Americans Now coalition and our mission to support technology neutral solutions to completely eliminate the digital divide.
  • The commendable progress that has been made by policymakers to clear regulatory burdens to innovations, maximize spectrum resources, expand access to telehealth solutions, improve data and expand connectivity.
  • The state of play for solutions to bridge the digital divide and actions Congress can take now to tackle this urgent problem.
  • Feedback, questions, insights or anecdotes from National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health members and stakeholders.

Presenter: Jon Conradi, Outreach Director, Connect Americans Now


MHC Issue Brief: SAMHSA 42 CFR Part 2 Revised Rule

June 24, 2020

The 42 CFR Part 2 regulations (Part 2) protect patient records created by federally assisted programs for the treatment of substance use disorders (SUD). Under the revised rule, Part 2 has been modified to facilitate better coordination of care in response to the opioid epidemic while maintaining its confidentiality protections against unauthorized disclosure and use. The revised rule does not alter the basic framework for confidentiality protection of substance use disorder (SUD) patient records created by federally assisted SUD treatment programs. Part 2 continues to prohibit law enforcement’s use of SUD patient records in criminal prosecutions against patients, absent a court order. Part 2 also continues to restrict the disclosure of SUD treatment records without patient consent, other than as statutorily authorized in the context of a bona fide medical emergency; or for the purpose of scientific research, audit, or program evaluation; or based on an appropriate court order.

Click to view full MHC Issue Brief.

Webinar: How COVID-19 is Impacting Dental Care Delivery in Public Health Settings

Date: July 20, 2020

Time: 11:00 AM Central


Topics covered will include changes in staffing levels, patient volume, mobile programs, the use of teledentistry and overall patient capacity in FQHCs and other public health settings as a result of COVID-19 and how this compares to private practices. Our panelists will discuss a broad array of issues relating to how COVID-19 is affecting access to dental care for vulnerable populations and what long-term impacts the pandemic might have going forward.

This webinar will be moderated by Marko Vujicic, PhD, Chief Economist & VP at ADA’s Health Policy Institute and presented by Chelsea Fosse, DMD/MPH, Senior Health Policy Analyst at ADA’s Health Policy Institute. Panelists include Sam Wakim, DMD/MPH, Chief Dental Officer at Zufall Health Center and Elizabeth Vi Simpson, DMD, General Dentist at Meridian Health Services.

As always, there will be time for audience Q&A.

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcement

July 27, 2020

National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services Virtual Meeting

Thursday, July 30

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM CT

Register Online

The next meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (the Committee) will convene online this Thursday, July 30 at 12:00 pm ET.  The public is invited to attend the proceedings lasting until 5:00 pm, though registration is required.  Public comments will be accepted and become part of the official Committee record.  Requests to provide written comments must be submitted by 5:00 pm July 29th.

Also known as the NACRHHS, the Committee was formed in 1987 as an independent advisory group focused on provision of health care and human services in rural areas.  Joining the chair for two meetings each year are 20 committee members who include hospital CEOs, educators, experts on aging, physicians, certified registered nurse anesthetists, physician assistants, researchers, community health center directors and state office of rural health directors.  For each meeting, two areas of focus are selected; committee members conduct site visits and follow up with a policy brief and recommendations for the HHS Secretary.

Past meetings have covered topics such as Adverse Childhood Experiences, the impact of suicide, improving oral health care services, and modernizing Rural Health Clinic provisions.  Visit the NACRHHS website for more details, including the Committee’s recommendations on each of these topics.

Webinar: 5 Steps to Combat Rural Healthcare’s Financial Challenges Amid COVID-19

Date: July 30, 2020

Time: 2:00 PM Central


Over the past 10 years, the rural hospital crisis has led to the closure of 120 facilities with 2019 yielding a record year of 18 closings. According to recent Guidehouse analysis, 25 percent of the 1,430 rural hospitals across the country are at high risk of closing unless finances improve.

Rural community and critical access hospitals face different operational challenges than larger, urban counterparts. To successfully address these challenges, rural providers should implement personalized programs that engage and empower the patient as a consumer.

In this session, we will

  • Examine today’s rural health financial landscape
  • Identify five essential rural healthcare strategies to drive financial performance and patient experience

Pinpoint organizational changes necessary to successfully address rural-specific financial challenges