Date: March 18, 2022
New from Rural Health Value:
The Rural Health Value team has released the annual update of the Catalog of Value Based Initiatives for Rural Providers. This is your “go to” resource for staying current on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) payment demos that are germane for rural health care organizations and clinicians.
Catalog of Value Based Initiatives for Rural Providers
One-page summaries describe rural-relevant, value-based programs currently or recently implemented by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), primarily by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and its CMMI. (2022)
The CMS recently released a Request for Applications (RFA) to solicit a cohort of participants for the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Realizing Equity, Access, and Community Health (REACH) Model. The ACO REACH Model is a redesign of the Global and Professional Direct Contracting Model (GPDC) Model. Applications are due by April 22, 2022. The new cohort will begin participation in the ACO REACH Model on January 1, 2023. Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) may be included as participant providers under the model.
Related resources on the Rural Health Value website:
- How to Design Value‐Based Care Models for Rural Participant Success: A Summit Findings Report – Based on the input from a two-day virtual summit of rural participants in value-based care models and programs, summarizes themes and actionable recommendations that can be used by those designing and supporting value-based care models to improve the viability, relevance, and likelihood of rural health care organization participation and success.
- Accountable Health Communities Model – Two Rural Participants’ Experiences – Participants in CMMI’s Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Model identify and address health-related social needs of Medicare, Medicaid, and dual-eligible beneficiaries. This Rural Innovation Profile describes the successes and challenges of two AHCs serving rural populations.
- Value-Based Care Assessment – This tool helps a rural organization assess readiness for the shift of healthcare payments from volume to value. The resulting report may be used to guide the development of action plans.
Clint MacKinney, MD, MS