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Changes to CCM, MACRA and Value-Based Care: What You Kneed to Know

Posted by Patrick Stevenson on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 @ 09:44 AM

For physicians offering Chronic Care Management (CCM) and other Medicare-funded programs, this week saw the announcement of several changes that could influence how patient-centered care is provided and reimbursed in the future.

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Topics: primary care practice, Chronic Care Management, Value-based care

The Road to VBC: Two Major Events for Medicare Patients & Doctors

Posted by Patrick Stevenson on Fri, Jul 01, 2016 @ 11:57 AM

The third week of June was an important time for individuals closely following Medicare and its various programs. Two potentially landmark changes were announced that could significantly impact those who provide and receive care under the CMS’ banner.

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Small Independent Practices and MACRA: Forecasting the Future

Posted by Patrick Stevenson on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 @ 04:16 PM


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Thriving in Value-Based Care: The Impact of RCM Optimization & Incentive-Laden Programs

Posted by Patrick Stevenson on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 @ 09:23 AM

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Independence at Home: Medicare's Return to “Old-Fashioned” House Calls

Posted by Patrick Stevenson on Wed, Jun 01, 2016 @ 09:13 AM

Medicare officials recently announced that they are returning to the old fashioned idea of medical house calls. CMS is viewing this new experiment, called Independence at Home, as a way to save money and improve care while treating sick, elderly patients in their own homes. Medicare reports that the program saved $25 million overall within its first year.

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Topics: CMS, CCM, Medicare

Wall Street Journal Article Calls Attention to Telemedicine Quality

Posted by Patrick Stevenson on Fri, May 20, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

This week, The Wall Street Journal published an article examining the quality of online telemedicine companies, concluding that many of these services do not closely adhere to accepted treatment guidelines and may often use inaccurate methods of assessment.

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Topics: CCM, telehealth

The Road to Value-Based Care: A Guide for Primary-Care Physicians

Posted by Patrick Stevenson on Wed, May 18, 2016 @ 11:10 AM

With 2016 underway, “value-based care” has been cemented as the go-to phrase when discussing healthcare IT and the best ways for physicians to use these services to achieve and report optimal patient outcomes.

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Mental Health Month: Doing Our Part

Posted by Patrick Stevenson on Tue, May 03, 2016 @ 01:18 PM

For those unaware, May is Mental Health Month, marking a 31-day stretch where all Americans are called upon to become advocates– working to raise awareness and break down stigmas about the millions of U.S. citizens living with mental illness each year.

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Outsourcing Telehealth for CCM: What You Should Know

Posted by Patrick Stevenson on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 @ 10:30 AM


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Topics: HIT, EHR, CCM

The Value of $8

Posted by Patrick Stevenson on Mon, Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:15 AM

Every month, telehealth and Medicare's chronic care management (CCM) program are gaining popularity among patients whose needs extend beyond the four walls of the doctor's office. With CCM passing its one-year anniversary, it's now well-documented that patients with chronic conditions benefit by speaking with clinical experts to discuss how they are progressing with their treatment programs and if they are experiencing any on-going challenges with care. However, regardless of the direct benefit to the patient, as well as to Medicare for preventing avoidable hospital visits, there are still barriers preventing all eligible patients from receiving this service.

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Topics: CCM, Medicare, telehealth, copays

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