CMS announces new Rural Health Strategy

May 8, 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new “Rural Healthy Strategy” to improve access to care for rural areas.  Rural Americans face higher poverty and uninsured rates and chronic conditions and lack of access to specialty services and strategies are needed that specifically address these unique circumstances. The goal of the strategy is to improve the health of nearly 60 million rural Americans through:
  • Taking rural issues into account in relation to CMS programs and policies
  • Improving access to care in rural areas
  • Increasing telehealth and telemedicine use
  • Increasing participation of patients in rural areas to make healthcare decisions
  • Developing partnerships that further CMS goals in relation to rural health
CMS has started implementing the strategy, including increasing acceptance of telemedicine, to advance rural health. For more information, see CMS’s Press Release regarding this new program.