An estimated 57 million Americans call a rural community their home; that’s roughly one in five Americans. These areas within the country are small towns, farming communities, and beautiful countryside landscapes. Rural communities provide the rest of the country with the services and commodities we need every day to give us a better way of life, yet they’re often left behind in terms of healthcare services.
Since its inception, National Rural Health Day has been a movement to celebrate and empower those taken for granted in our rural communities and help bring awareness to the challenges surrounding healthcare they face every day.
Today more than ever, we need to address the unique healthcare issues these communities face, such as accessibility issues, lack of infrastructure and healthcare providers, short staffing, and the growing percentage of un- and underinsured citizens.
How to create healthier rural communities
There is no single factor to build healthier communities, but we can identify and implement solutions with actionable data, as shown below, to make it easier for people to be healthier in their neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces.
Healthcare needs for rural communities
- Investments in primary healthcare
Far too often, residents in rural areas must travel an hour to receive medical treatments. Investments in localized family-centered care that integrates preventive and promotive care that can provide a range of care will vastly improve the health of rural communities.
- Training and availability of healthcare professionals
Not only are these communities often understaffed, but they also are not receiving the proper training to acutely diagnose the problems people face in rural environments. Improving the living and working conditions, along with better salaries and a more symbiotic approach to the use of technology between rural health facilities, can help retain the care geared towards these rural settings.
- Enrolling the uninsured
The gap between uninsured urban and rural communities are quite noticeable. By offering increased services to assist in getting more people enrolled into plans, we can begin to build a foundation for healthier communities.
How American Exchange is combating these issues
- Free Affordable Care Act enrollments
Through our call center we can identify and enroll the uninsured in plans so they can get the healthcare they so desperately need.
- Relieving facilities of administrative burdens
As facilities continue to have staffing issues, we can provide intake and billing services so staff can spend more time caring for patients, rather than processing paperwork.
- Expand Revenue Opportunities
As new plans or providers begin servicing rural communities, American Exchange can perform credentialing to secure revenue.
- Maximizing Revenue
Our certified coders can alleviate billing backlogs and process denials to generate a steady revenue stream. Our insurance discovery tool can identify coverage for individuals who receive services, reducing the amount of care written off. Our efforts not only boost revenue, they give staff time to better serve patients.
American Exchange was founded in 2013 as an independent LLC with the goal of bringing quality healthcare to underserved populations and promote health equity. We provide individual ACA/Medicare health plan enrollments, revenue cycle management, medical billing/coding, credentialing services, and Ryan White programming across the United States. Our expertise is centered around consulting with community-based organizations, local health departments, and state-specific health officials and programming.