Rural healthcare has existed outside the influence of many value-based programs. With low case rates and specialized reimbursements, rural care clinics have not been folded into the transition.
More than 46 million—or 15% of Americans—live in medically-underserved rural communities. About 70% of rural, or partially rural, counties are considered Health Professional Shortage Areas. And nearly one in 10 counties have no physicians at all.
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Chronic Care Management | RHCs / FQHCs | Annual Wellness Visit | Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) | Principal Care Management | CPT codes | CMS Final Rule | Behavioral Health Integration | Chronic Pain Management (CPM)
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced key reimbursement rates, additional CPT codes, two program expansions, and an entirely new care management program, effective January 1, 2023.
Care Coordination and Wellness programs, with goals of improved health, better care and lower costs, continue to expand. Unfortunately, these programs lag behind in many rural communities. But programs like Chronic Care Management (CCM) are tailor-made for the rural population. Here are 6 reasons Rural Health Providers need CCM: