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Research Alert: Medicare Accountable Care Organizations: Beneficiary Assignment Update

June 13, 2016

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

View the Research Alert.

Rural Population Health Learning Collaborative June 27, 2016 Webinar Notice

June 10, 2016

You’re Invited to Participate

When Rural Isolation Means More than Geography: Rural-Urban Differences in Inclusive Practices for LGBT Patients Sins of Omission & Commission: Interviews with Healthcare Providers About Sexuality, Health, and Disability  (webinar)

Monday, June 27th
Time: 3:00 PM (GMT-4:00) Eastern Time
(US and Canada)

Join us for a discussion with David Tillman, Chair and Assistant Professor of Public Health at the Campbell University School of Public Health, Buies Creek, NC

There is no need to pre-register for this webinar!

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  14157629988,7069532956# or 16465687788,7069532956#

Or Telephone: Dial: +1 415 762 9988 (US Toll) or +1 646 568 7788 (US Toll)

Meeting ID: 706 953 2956

International numbers available:   


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
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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.