The CMS has increasingly been aligning itself with health equity initiatives as the Biden administration heightens its healthcare oversight into social issues. Its proposed standards released Tuesday are an attempt to further the administration’s “goals of advancing health equity by addressing the health disparities that underlie our health system,” according to the agency.
The Biden administration is proposing to enable physicians to use telehealth to initiate the opioid treatment buprenorphine as part of an effort to curb overdoses.
The majority of health systems now offer some sort of home-based care program, according to a new survey of hospital leaders. The biggest goals of these programs are to improve patient outcomes through reductions in readmissions, hospitalizations and emergency room visits, the report found.
Healthcare providers—particularly primary care providers—can serve as the first line of defense in catching mental health issues. By intervening early, they can improve their senior patients’ health and reduce the risk of devastating consequences.