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Care Management Weekly News Update -8/7/18

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Tue, Aug 07, 2018 @ 03:07 PM

How the VA is Proving the Power of Telehealth

The telehealth market is poised for growth with $431M in venture capital investment being poured into startups in the space this year. Telehealth, or telemedicine, enables physicians to deliver care services to patients from a distance via communications tools such as videoconferencing, remote monitoring, and information-sharing platforms.

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TCD Medical Offers a Bridge in Behavioral Care; Linking Patients With Addiction or Mental Health Issues to Specialists

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Thu, Aug 02, 2018 @ 11:50 AM

TCD Medical and Behavioral Health Integration:

An estimated one third of patients being treated by a primary care doctor are also suffering from a mental health condition or substance abuse disorder. Primary care doctors may feel overwhelmed, or that their practice is not equipped to handle such specialized care. However, due to limited access issues, it may take three to sixth months to make an appointment with a behavioral health specialist. A partner of Avicenna, the Amherst-based TCD...

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Care Management Weekly News Update -7/25/18

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Jul 25, 2018 @ 10:34 AM

How to Integrate Clinical Care with Mental, Behavioral Healthcare

As the industry continues its shift from volume to value, healthcare organizations should consider innovative strategies for incorporating mental and behavioral healthcare services with the clinical environment. Delivering high-quality, preventive care requires clinicians to treat the whole patient, on both the physical and behavioral level.

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Care Management Weekly News Update -7/17/18

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 @ 10:57 AM

CMS Proposes Expanded Medicare Telehealth Coverage

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to expand Medicare coverage for telehealth services and to make it easier for physicians to provide care through in-person home visits. The policy changes were floated in a proposed rule issued Thursday, regarding payment policies, rates and quality provisions for services provided under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule on or after Jan. 1, 2019.

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Care Management Weekly News Update -7/12/18

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Thu, Jul 12, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Medicare Chronic Disease Management Vital to Cut Healthcare Costs

 Effective chronic disease management is imperative in a healthcare industry in which costs are only going up. However, without adequate patient engagement and care coordination strategies, efforts to mitigate chronic care issues will not be successful, leaving the market to handle ever-rising healthcare costs.

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2018 Updates to Medicare's Behavioral Health Integration Program

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Tue, Jul 03, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Behavioral Health Integration Program:

Behavioral health integration (BHI) was added to Medicare’s care management programs in January 2017, reimbursing physicians and non-physicians for BHI services provided to patients with mental, behavioral, or psychiatric conditions. Since the introduction of BHI, Medicare has continued to update the billing codes and expand the reimbursement opportunities for providers aiding the millions of Americans living with a mental health disorder.


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Care Management Weekly News Update - 6/28/18

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 @ 03:10 PM

How Health Orgs Prepare for Senior Patients, Chronic Care Management

Healthcare organizations are stepping up to the plate when it comes to older adult care and chronic care management, according to a recent report from BDO Center for Healthcare Excellence & Innovation. The report, which was informed by an NEJM Catalyst survey, found that healthcare organizations are looking into home health services, strong chronic disease plans, and health IT to address the needs of a growing aging...

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 6/20/18

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 @ 03:17 PM

Value-Based Payment Adoption Drives 5.6% Reduction in Care Costs

Payers that implemented value-based payment models reduced healthcare costs by an average of 5.6 percent, improved provider collaboration, and created more impactful member engagement, according to a new study from Change Healthcare.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 6/12/18

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Tue, Jun 12, 2018 @ 09:49 AM

How IT Can Help Support Patient Engagement After Discharge

Until fairly recently, patient engagement was not a business imperative for hospitals. The importance of patient engagement has increased primarily because of two changes in the way Medicare pays healthcare providers—the advent of readmission penalties and the transition to value-based reimbursement.

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Care Management Weekly News Update - 6/5/18

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Tue, Jun 05, 2018 @ 11:04 AM

The Role Nurses Can Play in Bridging the Gap Between Behavioral, Physical Healthcare

A nurse is typically the first person a patient interacts with, and he or she can set the tone for the entire visit. This is especially crucial in treating patients with behavioral health conditions or addiction, as they may be afraid to open up about the situation, said Teresa Jacobson, project manager for the Holistic Health Integration Project in Clermont County, Ohio.

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