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In addition to the providers discussed in detail in this section, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) also recognizes these provider types: home health, hospice, skilled nursing facilities (SNF), critical access hospitals, durable medical equipment (DME), rural health clinics, pharmacists, ambulance, anesthesiologists, and clinical labs. We'll define each of these briefly so that you're aware of their purpose and function.

You may notice that we do not discuss Dentists here. This is because Medicare does not cover dental benefits and thus does not recognize dental providers.

Essential QSA Knowledge

Knowing the purpose and function of healthcare providers can help tremendously in informed healthcare decision-making. Although we haven't devoted as much time to these providers as some others, hopefully this is enough to give you a general understanding of their role in healthcare delivery.

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