Crete, NE (9/26/2011) – Crete Area Medical Center hosted two preceptors from the federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to exam first-hand the impact of rural health locally.
The Washington-based participants were part of a delegation of 26 members who were visiting five hospitals in Kansas and six in Nebraska. They were part of a Rural Health Preceptor Program organized by the Kansas Hospital Association, Nebraska Hospital Association and Kansas City Regional Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services.
“It is an honor to be selected to participate in the Preceptor Program,” stated Carol Friesen, CEO at CAMC. “We take great pride in helping to shape the future of Health Care.”
The objective the program is to increase the knowledge, understanding, and sensitivity of public officials to the issues, complexities, impediments, and aggravations associated with the delivery of health care in rural settings.
According to the Preceptor Program Narrative, “Our basic assumption is that a better understanding of rural environments, including demographic and economic trends, along with the application of federal policies and regulations will foster better Medicare policies and regulations that impact the professional activities of providers and the patients they serve. Ultimately, we expect the program to enhance the overall quality of health care in rural America.”
During their visit, the preceptors toured the facility, met with hospital administrators, discussed existing reimbursement structures, dined with community leaders and health care providers, visited the Wilber Medical Clinic and shadowed the daily workings of both the Crete and Wilber facilities.
The team concluded their visit Sept. 15, 2011 with praise for the work being done in both the Crete and Wilber communities.