January 18, 2017
Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
CDC: Rural Americans at Higher Risk of Death. On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study on the five leading causes of death in rural America, the first in a series of reports on the disparities that create “a striking gap in health between rural and urban Americans, ” according to CDC Director Tom Frieden.
Factors contributing to the decline in rural life expectancy include demographic, environmental, economic, and social factors, many of which CDC will examine as part of a series of rural-focused Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports. The MMWR delivers objective, scientific public health data and recommendations each week to state health departments and more than 250,000 electronic subscribers. The rural-focused MMWRs represent a significant focus on rural issues by the CDC and will be a feature in the FORHP Announcements this year. The increasing mortality in rural areas was also a topic of a recent report from the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services.
New Rural Health Model in Pennsylvania. Also on Thursday, the CMS Innovation Center announced a new model opened to test the predictability of global budgets for rural hospitals in Pennsylvania and determine if they enable services tailored to the needs of local communities. Under this Model, monthly payments made by Medicare fee-for-service and all other participating payers would be based on a fixed amount for inpatient and outpatient services. In addition, rural hospitals would be allowed to redesign delivery to invest in quality measures and preventive care in a way that meets their patients’ needs. The funding will be used to oversee the Model, collect and analyze data, and provide technical assistance toward several targets, including increasing access to care, reducing rural health disparities and decreasing deaths from substance use.
January 17, 2017
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January 17, 2017
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