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Earlier this week, CMS announced a new model, the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model, which aims to address the healthcare disparities faced by Americans living in rural communities. The model is intended to provide a way for rural communities to transform their health care delivery systems by leveraging innovative financial arrangements as…

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On August 3, President Trump issued an Executive Order on Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access that focuses on ways to finance rural health care and proposes a permanent extension for some telehealth policies. As part of the order, within 30 days, HHS will launch a new payment model to ensure that rural healthcare providers…

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Elderly man sitting in nursing home, wearing a mask.

By: Kacy Ninteau, Policy & Advocacy Intern, C-TAC As the COVID-19 cases climb across the country, nursing homes continue to be among the hardest hit communities. Over 40% of COVID-19 deaths nationwide have been residents and workers at these facilities. What puts nursing homes at greater risk for outbreaks are chronic staffing shortages, which have…

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C-TAC has shared policy recommendations focused on removing barriers to advance care panning with Congressional leadership as they continue to craft new legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The recommendations aim to increase access to these critical conversations, which are more important than ever during the pandemic. The coronavirus can quickly result in serious…

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Georganne Vartorella, M. D., is a board-certified physician of internal medicine and a patient advocate. After a successful practice in primary care, she advocated for both her parents through long, difficult terminal illnesses. Traveling with her mother through her end-of-life journey, Georganne was disheartened to learn how broken the healthcare delivery system had become. After…

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The Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC), which operates within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is seeking input and guidance on which issues should be considered during its review of proposed Physician-Focused Payment Models. The comment period closes on July 31, 2020 and submissions will be made publicly available. This…

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