Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) is a national, advanced, medical home model that aims to strengthen primary care delivered through regionally based, multi-payer arrangements. The CPC+ model includes two primary care practice tracks with incrementally advanced care delivery requirements and payment options to meet the diverse needs of such practices.…
A pathway to sustainability for rural healthcare could be the new Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model called the Medicare ACO Track 1+. Announced by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the ACO Track 1+ model will test a payment design…
What is it going to take for a rural/critical access hospital (CAH) to survive and thrive despite the current disparity divide when three things are causing problems? Rural healthcare has never recovered from the recession beginning in 2008, when 200,000 rural jobs were being lost per year. Mortality rates are…
In 2009, the headlines read that rural children’s mental health was being overlooked and disregarded.” Fast forward nearly 10 years, and the headlines still remain more or less the same, even in the days leading up to this week’s Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. It is tragic that today more…
Could “dialing up” the use of tele-medicine or telehealth help achieve rural health sustainability? In a new report dated March 30, 2017, The Rural Broadband Association found that the use of telemedicine has four powerful economic benefits, for rural providers, producing results that Congress, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid…
With a mission to improve rural healthcare access and outcomes for underserved populations through innovation and promising practices, the role of community health workers (CHWs) is rapidly evolving across rural areas, having been recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as an essential part of the cost- effective delivery of…
Could an innovative model being used in Minnesota, Colorado, Nevada, and elsewhere across the nation be an answer for the more than 60 million rural Americans in addressing barriers to access of healthcare? Could this same model also meet the triple aim of improving the quality and satisfaction experience of…
On the next edition of Monitor Mondays, Mary Beth Pace, vice president of care management at Trinity Health, will share how her health system is traversing the new compliance landscape of the MOON: the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice, which became effective March 8. What are they discovering, and how are…
The American Health Care Act (AHCA), which was introduced to Congress on March 7 as a repeal and replacement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), narrowly passed the House Budget Committee in a 19-17 vote last Thursday, March 16, sending it to the House Rules Committee. Today,…
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