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.
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.
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.
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.
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.