CMS Announces Rural Health Strategy

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the agency’s first Rural Health Strategy this week, to help improve access to high quality, affordable healthcare in underserved rural communities.

One of the key components of the strategy is to advance telehealth and telemedicine.

“Telehealth has been proven to be a successful tool to improve access to care and help meet the needs of rural areas that lack sufficient health care services.  To help promote the use of telehealth, CMS will seek to reduce barriers stakeholders identified such as reimbursement, cross-state licensure issues, and the administrative and financial burden to implement telemedicine.”

Read the complete 5-point strategy at CMS.gov.

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