CMS unveils new rural healthcare strategy via telehealth. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to reduce hospital readmissions and unnecessary ER visits with its newly unveiled Rural Health Strategy. Currently, there are significant barriers to accessing telehealth. While physicians and providers have to answer to their respective…
 Rural healthcare models for assisting Alzheimer's Disease patients are profiled in this report on the impact of the disease on America’s rural health population. November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month, and given that Americans annually commit about 18.2 billion hours of unpaid assistance to dementia and Alzheimer’s…
CMS sets up virtual participation for rural healthcare providers in the government’s MIPS program. New announcements from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are important for providers to take note of moving forward. Of particular note are the following rules that CMS has withdrawn. These include the following:…
Although violence and abuse are disproportionately represented in rural America, resources are available to help providers help victims. Every day, mental, physical, and emotional bruises and scars are inflicted on victims throughout the United States. Violence in rural America happens all too frequently across the age and socioeconomic spectrums, without…
As the nation’s healthcare spotlight focuses on September as National Suicide Prevention Month, rural health providers and educators are taking stock of tools and practices that can help reduce the suicide rate – a rate the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports as the 10th-leading cause of death…
According to former Surgeon General David Satcher, “you cannot be healthy without oral health.” “Oral health and general health should not be interpreted as separate entities,” Satcher said. “Oral health is a critical component of health and must be included in the provision of healthcare and the design of community…
A Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) expanded model has been proposed for the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). This is a lifestyle change program designed to prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes among certain Medicare beneficiaries diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Background Beginning in 2018, Medicare will provide coverage services…
There are plenty of success stories quietly and seamlessly happening in rural communities across the nation from building better margins, developing more services, and adding more collaborations and technology— all in the name of keeping high-quality services accessible near home.  With that, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently…
Cancer is complicated, challenging and creating gaps of health and healthcare in vulnerable communities. Its presence requires more attention, care, funding, supportive healthcare policies and solutions. CDC Reports on Rural Inequities The decrease in cancer rates in the nation creates progress, promise and advancements for cancer research, according to the…
Rural healthcare is under siege from the current language in the looming American Health Care Act (AHCA), which is raising its own issues along with the vulnerability of Medicaid and the ongoing insurance exchange crises under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). That said, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders…
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