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.
After months of deliberation and advocating from multiple parties, it appears that Florida’s policies concerning telehealth – and more importantly, reimbursements for these services – are finally moving in the right direction.
As any avid follower of telehealth knows, the subject of reimbursements for the proper use of this technology remains heavily contested, with a plethora of policy debates and regulation issues continuing to hinder our ability to pay physicians for their efforts to improve care.
The Hello Health team was at HIMSS16 this past week, and with another year of healthcare’s biggest HIT conference in the books, it seems prudent to look at which prominent technology trends made waves with the diverse attendee group of providers, vendors, and everyone in-between.
February is American Heart Month, and as heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S., many organizations are banding together to raise awareness for the cause and help better support these patients.
In particular, the Million Heart organization has challenged all men to start one new, heart healthy behavior this month- whether that is scheduling a visit with the doctor to talk about heart health, adding extra daily exercise, or even taking their medicine as prescribed.
However, as patients do their best to improve their heart health, we as providers must also ask: What can we do to help improve the care of these individuals at risk for heart disease and its associated conditions?