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Medication Adherence Tip of the Week-Provide enhanced patient counseling. Counseling considers a patient’s lifestyle and diet based on region and culture. These factors can have varying effects on the way a medication may work in a person’s body. Use the teach-back method during counseling to determine if a patient comprehends the information provided. Also, have your patient summarize the information discussed regarding drug therapy. If patients understand their drug therapy and buy into it, they are more likely to adhere. Pharmacy Update: CDC officials said this week that although more than 100 people in the United States are being monitored for potential coronavirus infection, no new cases have been confirmed and the risk for the United States is still low. The CDC is recommending that travelers avoid unnecessary trips to Wuhan. The CDC is also recommending extra precautions for anyone traveling to China and discussing the trip with one’s health care provider. 
PrimaryPlus Partners With PursueCare To Offer Telehealth Medication-Assisted Treatment For Opioid And Other Substance Use Disorders. Partnership promotes on-site prevention of prescribed opioid misuse, and targeted interventive treatment for patients with behavioral health needs and Substance Use Disorder, then transitions to comprehensive care at home through a smartphone app. Read More 
Opioid-Impacted Family Support Program (OIFSP). The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for the fiscal year 2020 Opioid-Impacted Family Support Program (OIFSP). The application cycle closes on April 13, 2020. Read More
Flu activity in Kentucky again drops a bit but remains high. Nine more Kentucky adults have died from influenza, bringing the flu season's total to 30, two under the age of 18, according to the state Department for Public Health. Read More
CHFS names a new public health commissioner.    Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Acting Secretary Eric Friedlander has announced Dr. Steven Stack as the agency’s new commissioner of the Department for Public Health (DPH). Read More
Governor proposes spending millions to hire hundreds of new social workers. Beshear is proposing a 10-cent tax increase on a pack of cigarettes and e-cigarettes to help fund the state’s Medicaid expansion and hire hundreds of additional social workers to help prop up the state’s beleaguered child welfare system. Read More
Challenges in Providing Substance Use Disorder Treatment to Child Welfare Clients in Rural Communities. Rural communities often lack the resources to provide services to parents struggling with substance use issues. Rural economics, transportation, and technological limitations exacerbate these challenges. Read More
Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance Series. The Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance series connects you with timely and useful information on operational and policy issues specific to Rural Health Clinics. Webinars are 1 hour, with 45 minutes of speaker presentation followed by 15 minutes of question & answer and occur approximately 6 times a year. The series is produced by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) in conjunction with the National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC). Read More
Social Determinants of Health: New Study Reveals Hardships Faced by Americans. A new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NPR, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health was released last week. The outcomes revealed have every industry stakeholder talking: populations, providers, practitioners, and their patients. Read More

Grocers In Rural Coal Country Struggle To Stay In Business. Like much of Kentucky, which has lost 63 percent of its coal jobs since 2009, Martin County has struggled economically. The county has also made news in recent years for its beleaguered drinking water system, and as the coal jobs went away, so, too, did Ousley’s customer base. Read More

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