CMS Assists Rural Hospitals with RCM Issues

Hospitals in rural communities are more prone to revenue cycle challenges, ranging from physician shortages and hospital closures to a higher degree of uninsured patients. The solutions for such complex problems are not universal to healthcare reform; rural communities are unique. The CMS Rural Health Summit has identified healthcare institutions in rural settings as the biggest opportunity for healthcare reform. By incorporating strategies tailored to the improvement of revenue cycles in rural hospitals and practices, experts aim to simultaneously improve the economy and access to care in remote settings.