“… Under the Trump Administration, CMS is making rural health a top priority. We are using new and creative ideas to ensure that individuals who live in rural America have access to high quality, affordable healthcare. We’re working to remove barriers to care—including maternal care—in rural areas and avoiding unintended consequences of program implementation that focus on urban and suburban areas.”
“The Rethinking Rural Health Initiative is a vital part of our goal to advance the health of Americans living in rural areas, and we’ve already delivered results through our CMS Rural Health Strategy…”
“CMS, as the payer for more than 40% of the nation’s births, has an essential role in ensuring that mothers and infants in rural America have access to quality care. That’s why today we’re posting a Request for Information seeking public comments on opportunities to improve health care access, quality, and outcomes for women and infants before, during, and after pregnancy in rural communities.”
“Responses to this RFI will be used to inform future work by CMS toward the development and refinement of programs and policies that allow rural families’ access to high quality health care that result in improved health outcomes…” Read the full article here.
Source: Rethinking Rural Health: Maternal and Infant Health RFI – By Seema Verma, February 12, 2020. CMS.