The CMS has made it eas­ier for ru­ral healthcare providers and small physi­cian groups to par­tic­i­pate in Medi­care ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tions.

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The agency an­nounced changes to the ACO In­vest­ment Model, which pro­vides loans to ru­ral and un­der­served com­mu­ni­ties to help off­set the cost of health in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy or data and an­a­lyt­ics used to track and man­age the health of their pop­u­la­tions. Ru­ral health providers have long felt that they were shut out of the ACO pro­gram be­cause of its high startup costs and daunt­ing re­quire­ments for meet­ing el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria.

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