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Study Shows Rural Residents at Risk for Chronic Disease: CCM & Telehealth Are Here to Help

Posted by Patrick Stevenson on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 @ 03:05 PM

While primary care physicians continue to improve the treatment of elderly patients in the U.S., there is still room to use health information technologies to minimize gaps in the care continuum.

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Two Wins for Telehealth – One Bigger Win for Patients

Posted by Patrick Stevenson on Mon, Nov 09, 2015 @ 04:01 PM


The days of telehealth being known as a “luxury” service are fast coming to an end. With the advent of Medicare’s Chronic Care Management Program and the AMA commissioning workgroups to develop new telemedicine codes, it’s clear that telehealth is quickly becoming recognized as a necessary tool for all physicians looking to improve patient outcomes and get paid for it as well.

Last week saw two large developments in the telehealth world, as both New York and New Hampshire passed laws validating these services as essential cogs in the care continuum – following Medicare’s lead.

`1) New York Defines Telehealth:

New York legislators released an updated mandate for telehealth sure to spur the increased adoption of the technology. The mandate provides three key pieces of information:

  1. Medical professionals eligible for telemedicine coverage now include nurse practitioners, physicians, dentists, genetic specialists, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, and psychologists.

  2. Remote patient monitoring can be offered in the patient’s home and Medicaid insurance will cover the costs.

  3. The state’s official definition of telemedicine: “The use of electronic information and communication technologies by a health care provider to deliver healthcare services to an insured individual while such individual is located at a site that is different from the site where the health care provider is located.”

2) New Hampshire No longer Requires In-Person Visits:

A similarly impactful law was passed in New Hampshire, as doctors in the state no longer need to see a patient in-person before providing care via videoconferencing tools.

From a patient engagement standpoint, this is tremendous news. In particular, elderly patients referred to a physician can complete the initial consult visit from their homes, allowing them to start the healing process immediately without dealing with travel or scheduling issues.

Through real-time communication, doctors can establish a relationship with their patients by taking all of their prescription drugs into account, transcribing a medical history, making a diagnoses, and creating a treatment plan- without ever meeting face-to-face.

For patients located in rural locations or physically unable to seek treatment, this could be the crucial difference between an improved condition and a lingering medical issue.

We here at Hello Health firmly support the continued campaigning of the necessary and cost-effective services that telehealth provides. While in-office visits are still absolutely necessary for ensuring efficient care, the most important task is fitting the best needs of the patient, and the further expansion of telehealth is certainly one way to accomplish this.

Read more about telehealth here: http://mhealthintelligence.com/news/new-hampshire-law-propels-telemedicine-software-adoption


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Avoid or Embrace CCM? Physicians With Broader View SeeClear Choice

Posted by Patrick Stevenson on Fri, Oct 30, 2015 @ 11:49 AM

Word about Medicare’s Chronic Care Management Program is quickly growing. It seems like each day another article is published discussing the benefits for primary-care physicians who are able to provide telehealth services under the program.

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Topics: CCM

Hello Health featured in HIStalk!

Posted by Steven Ferguson on Thu, Oct 22, 2015 @ 03:00 AM


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Topics: HIT, CMS, Telemedicine, Chronic Care Management, CCM, PCP, Providers, Doctors

Gamechanger: Chronic Care Management

Posted by Steven Ferguson on Thu, Jun 04, 2015 @ 11:54 AM

You’re already managing your patients’ chronic conditions. Time to get paid for it.

Just last week, the CDC reported that 117 million Americans have one or more chronic health conditions. That’s half of the adult population of the U.S. These diseases and conditions— like heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis—are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems. By the year 2020, it’s expected that number will rise to 157 million Americans.

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Topics: HIT, physician revenue, Patient Management, Telemedicine, Chronic Care Management

Every penny counts

Posted by Nat Findlay on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 @ 10:49 AM

Connie Carnes of Hello Health Medical Billing Services talks about Hello Health’s unique integrated billing services.

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Topics: doctor revenue, revenue cycle management, medical practice management

Replacing your EHR doesn’t have to be scary

Posted by Barry Holleman on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 @ 12:03 PM

I was not surprised to read the report released a few weeks ago by KLAS Research showing that more than a quarter of physician practices are in the market to replace their EHRs.

KLAS interviewed more than 400 practices of different sizes. The survey revealed that 27 percent of respondents are considering replacing their EHR; another 12 percent would like to do so but are constrained for financial or organizational reasons.

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Topics: health information technology, Electronic health record, implementation

Rolling Back Medicine

Posted by Stephen Armstrong on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 @ 09:56 AM

The recent opening of several primary care clinics by Wal-Mart is among the latest examples of how our health care delivery landscape continues to evolve. And when the nation’s largest retailer decides to offer medical services, it is certainly a move worth noting. While the overall number of primary care clinics that Wal-Mart currently operates is just a handful in a couple of states, the potential to scale is enormous.

If the king of rolling back prices, rolls back medical care too should the independent primary care physician be concerned? Will Main Street Medicine be the latest casualty to the popularity of mega-retailers?

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Topics: primary care practice, consumer-driven health care, patient portal, Health IT solutions, innovation, Telemedicine

The Patient Engagement Pyramid

Posted by Stephen Armstrong on Fri, Aug 08, 2014 @ 04:30 PM

This blog post was originally published in 2012. Two years later, patient engagement is even more in focus as patient portals are launched in response to Meaningful Use requirements and as the opportunities for population health management are pursued through coordinated care delivery. As part of The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing's curriculum on Care Coordination and Transition Management, there is an excellent discussion on Population Health Management. The concept of a Patient Engagement Pyramid is referenced in this content. For those interested in ordering the AAACN materials, please visit http://www.aaacn.org/practice-resources/cctm

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Topics: patient engagement, EHR, EMR, Electronic health record, Patient Management, PHR, Meaningful use, patient self-management

Telemedicine Improves Patient Access and Satisfaction

Posted by Barry Holleman on Fri, May 09, 2014 @ 10:34 AM

I heard an interesting story this week on National Public Radio about the ways North Carolina is dealing with an alarming lack of available psychiatrists for patients in rural areas. This comes at a time where ER visits for mental health reasons are increasing. North Carolina has responded by increasing the use of telehealth technology, namely videoconferencing, for psychiatric patient consultations in areas without psychiatrists, and finding that the program is working well. While the details of this story are a little outside our Hello Health wheelhouse, I was still happy to hear that video visits are being so widely appreciated for their many benefits.

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Topics: patient engagement, Telemedicine, Psychiatry

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