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Public Webinar: Overview of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

June 10, 2016

Our sincere thanks to you as our federal partners for your engagement in both the development and dissemination of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.

One of our targeted strategies to implement the Guideline within practice is to imbed recommendations from the Guideline within education and training opportunities for providers. Accordingly, CDC will be hosting a seven-part webinar series about the Guideline, which will begin on Wednesday, June 22nd at 2:00pm EDT. The first webinar will provide an overview of the CDC recommendations and learn when and how opioids should be initiated for chronic pain, how to assess risk and address harms of opioid use, and when and how opioids should be discontinued. Subsequent modules will touch upon the various recommendations in the Guideline. Each one-hour webinar will be available as a live webinar broadcast and as archived recordings following the live webinars. These are free and offer continuing education credit to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, health educators, and other healthcare providers. The first four webinars are currently scheduled with the others to follow later this year:

June 22, 2016

2:00-3:00pm EDT

Webinar 1 Overview of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain (Addressing Recommendations 1-12)
July 27, 2016 Webinar 2 Non-opioid treatments

(Addressing Recommendation 1)

August 3, 2016 Webinar 3 Assessing benefits and harms of opioid therapy

(Addressing Recommendations 1, 2, 7, 8)

August 17, 2016 Webinar 4 Dosing and titration of opioids

(Addressing Recommendations 4, 5, 7)

To learn more about this event, please visit: Registration is not required to participate, however participants will need to register in a separate system to receive continuing education credits.

We would greatly appreciate it if you could share the details of this webinar within your networks and to the extent possible publicize this free learning opportunity on your existing websites and through other means available through your channels.

Our sincere thanks to you and your leadership for your ongoing support of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. We hope you and those in your network find this information helpful.

Research Alert: Health Insurance Marketplaces: Premium Trends in Rural Areas

June 10, 2016

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers
View the Research Alert.

Economic Development for Rural Hospitals

June 10, 2016

DED Programs for Use by Rural Hospitals
Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program
Community Development Block Grant Community Facility

Models & Innovations: IL rural ACO, Vivir Mejor! diabetes prevention (with video); more

June 8, 2016

Rural Health Information Hub
View the 6.8.16 updates.

Research Alert: Are Rural Older Adults Benefiting from Increased State Spending on Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services?

June 7, 2016

View the Rural Health Research & Policy Centers Research Alert.

Missouri’s My Life, My Way, My Community (MFP) Program

June 7, 2016

Missouri’s My Life, My Way, My Community (MFP) Program transitions aged and disabled Medicaid-eligible adults out of facility settings, and into the community.  View the web page.

There are several success story videos on the right-hand side. This video is a good overview of our program:\

Announcements – June 6, 2016

June 6, 2016

What’s New

FORHP Awards Rural Health Network Development Planning. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has awarded 23 Network Planning grants  to support enhanced health care delivery in rural communities.  The grants, which provide $100,000 for a one-year project period, represent an investment of more than $2 million to help rural communities in 17 states.  For each grantee, an award of up to $100,000 provides an opportunity to implement new and innovative approaches towards a dynamic health care environment that may in turn serve as a model for other rural communities. The incoming cohort of Network Planning grantees have projects that focus on behavioral health, care coordination, infrastructure, health information technology, and health education. Additionally, three projects are proposing to address the loss of local health and/or social services as a result of a recent rural hospital closure or conversion and/or loss of ambulatory services.