This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the agency’s first rural health strategy to help advance health outcomes in rural communities. According to CMS, “rural populations are more likely than urban populations to be living in poverty, unhealthy, older, uninsured or underinsured, and medically underserved.” Following a series of listening sessions with rural stakeholders, CMS developed their strategic plan to include five key objectives:
- Apply a rural lens to CMS programs and policies that would help identify the needs of vulnerable populations;
- Improve access to care through provider engagement and support;
- Advance telehealth and telemedicine;
- Empower patients in rural communities to make decisions about their healthcare; and
- Leverage partnerships to achieve the goals of the CMS Rural Health Strategy.
For more information on the CMS rural health strategy, please view the infographic, which lists the agency’s key objectives to help rural health providers support their patients, and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document.