August 15, 2016

Are you Rural Ready?

The very near future of healthcare in a rural setting will begin to see the shift toward value based medicine with emphasis on quality measurement and population health management.  The National Quality Forum released a report in September of last year with specific recommendations to CMS to mandate value based medicine for rural health.  A few of the report recommendations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) include:

  • A two to four year time frame to phase rural providers into reporting and value-based payment programs
  • The creation of rural pay-for-performance incentive programs that do not include penalties
  • The development of quality measures specific to rural providers “with the flexibility to choose additional measures from a menu of choices to better reflect their unique characteristics.”

“Quality improvement is important in all care settings and for all patients,” said Marcia Wilson, senior vice president, quality measurement, for NQF. “The Rural Health Committee’s recommendations to CMS are an important step toward ensuring better quality of care for rural Americans.”

Source: NQF Performance Measurement for Rural Providers Report, September 2015
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