September 18, 2015
1. CDC data show the effects of prescription opioid abuse are more prominent in rural communities and rural areas had higher death rates related to prescription opioids, but help is on the way through new grants from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. On Thursday, September 17th, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced awards for the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Program (ROOR), developed by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) in response to the increase in opioid overdoses across the country. Each of the 18 grantees will receive $100,000 for one year to develop community-level partnerships comprised of emergency local responders, schools, fire departments, police departments, and other private or public non-profit entities involved in the prevention and treatment of opioid overdoses. The primary goals of the new pilot program are:
September 14, 2015
Save the date for the November 18, 2015 webinar.
September 14, 2015
1. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is now accepting proposals for a new cohort of Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs). BECs provide assistance to low-income seniors and persons with disabilities, helping them learn about and enroll in Medicare benefits programs for which they are eligible. As of 2014, 18% of urban residents were enrolled in Medicare compared to 23% in rural areas where, on average, residents are older than their urban counterparts. Rural beneficiaries are also more likely to live below the federal poverty line and be dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare than urban beneficiaries (18% of rural beneficiaries are dual eligible versus 16% of urban beneficiaries). NCOA will award eight grants totaling $100,000 for 16 months to qualified state and community-based organizations. Proposals are due Friday, November 13 at 5 pm ET.
September 9, 2015
Please review the attached article. This article reinforces the need for clinicians to be instituting Guideline Directed Medical Therapy for heart failure patients and tracking of adherence to the guidelines. A key conclusion from the article shows: A quarter of patients hospitalized with HF need to start more than 1 medication to meet HF quality measures. Systems for addressing medication initiation and managing polypharmacy are central to HF transitional care.