Over the past couple of weeks, CMS announced several new initiatives about the future of rural health. including the 2021 proposed Physician Fee Schedule and the new Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) model.
For the third year in a row, Caravan Health ACOs scored near the top of all health care providers in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), CMS’s value-based measurement program that adjusts Medicare rates based on health care quality and outcomes.
Late on Monday, August 3, CMS released the latest Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule. The rule outlines Medicare physician payment policies for 2021, including extensions of many of the telehealth and virtual care flexibilities made available on an emergency basis due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Telehealth and virtual care services are now widely available in Medicare. While Americans were strongly encouraged to limit face-to-face interactions to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, CMS expanded telehealth availability which allowed more access for patients and providers in both urban and rural areas.
Caravan Health and more than 40 partner providers strongly support the Increasing Rural Health Access During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Act.
Since 2017, Medicare clinicians have participated in the Quality Payment Program (QPP), including the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), to earn annual payment increases by providing high quality care and taking financial responsibility for the cost of patient care.
In recent months, Congress and CMS have accelerated the adoption of virtual care services due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, and health practitioners are quickly adapting their practices to this method of care delivery.
Caravan Health is pleased to be part of “The Care We Need,” a report from The National Quality Forum Task Force released on June 24. 100 diverse health care leaders, including Caravan’s Senior Director of Population Health Improvement, Rayna Caplan, lay out a bold vision for addressing the challenges of our nation’s health care system. The report includes specific strategic objectives and an actionable plan to make health care safe, appropriate, and high quality for everyone by 2030.