The answer to rural healthcare’s financial issues could lie in a payment model that pools funds from public and private insurers alike to pay for agreed-upon core services, allowing rural hospitals to provide the care most needed by the communities they serve.
Main Street Health, launched by former Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Director Brad Smith, aims to provide value-based care solutions in rural America. The company’s first step will be to partner with primary care clinics, urgent care centers and independent pharmacies to implement a program that will coordinate care for seniors.
The number of hospitals providing patients electronic access to their health information via apps has increased exponentially over the past decade. But small, rural, critical access and independent hospitals were still falling significantly behind their counterparts as of 2019, a new ONC report shows.
The Covid-19 pandemic has decimated hospital finances, and as a result, rural providers are forced to make key IT spending decisions with limited dollars. Here is a snapshot of how they will prioritize those dollars this year and the federal support they need to survive the ongoing public health crisis.
In a wide-ranging interview with MedCity News, Cerner CommunityWorks President Mitchell Clark discussed the healthcare challenges facing rural communities amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the company’s new free offering that aims to support rural telehealth.