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Medicare sees telehealth
as key in rural care

May 9, 2018

Telehealth is a key factor in Medicare’s new strategy to improve access to high quality, affordable healthcare in rural communities.

 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced its first “Rural Health Strategy,” which identified the advancement of telehealth and telemedicine as one of its top objectives in improving access to high-quality services and providers in rural America.

 

CMS said that telehealth has been proven to be a successful tool in improving access to care and helping meet the needs of rural areas that lack sufficient health care services.  To help promote the use of telehealth, CMS said it will seek to reduce barriers in reimbursement, cross-state licensure issues, and administrative and financial burdens in implementing telemedicine.