Support for Health System Development and Community Engagement
Flex Programs are required to support efforts to assist CAHs in developing collaborative regional or local systems of care, addressing community needs, and integrating EMS in those regional and local systems of care. CAHs can only be viable by meeting the needs of their communities. The Flex Program must foster the growth of collaborative rural delivery systems across the continuum of care at the community level with appropriate external relationships for referral and support, thus maintaining access to high quality care for rural Medicare beneficiaries. EMS services are an important component of collaborative regional and local delivery systems and serve a pivotal role in regional and state trauma systems.